Bring Me The Horizon
Amo


3.0
good

Review

by Daisy99 USER (3 Reviews)
June 7th, 2019 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking up the sonic space Oliver's hero left behind

amo is sixth record coming from Sheffield based outlet Bring Me the Horizon. Coming nearly 4 years after the succesful shift in sound That's the Spirit, BMTH had a lot to prove and a lot of expectations on their back. Now let's see if they moved more into radio-friendly territory or if they chose to do something new.

The way it often is, they did both. First two singles, MANTRA and wonderful life would almost have you think BMTH are stagnating with their sound if it wasn't for interesting little bits, which also are mostly the only saving graces of the songs. Particularly brass section on last chorus of wonderful life really elevates the song and makes it so much more exciting, but unfortunately it's way too late in the song. The song also features legendary Cradle of Filth vocalist, Dani Filth. Sadly though, his voice is mostly wasted on almost spoken-word section and little bits of pig squeals when intro/breakdown riff enters(which could've given so much energy to the song, but are way too low in the mix).

Fortunately, the band actually does a fair amount of unexpected things, and it's those tracks that make the album good. The opener i apologise if you feel something is a great way to open the album with very spacy, bright sounding synths, which build before explosion of sounds, creating beautiful, electronic soundscape with strings and rapid electronic percussion taking the space. Here, the band also shows the main focus of this album, love, and everything surrounding it. Heartbreak, falling in love, highs and lows.

I saw you staring out of your own abyss again
Waiting for something you're not sure even still exists
Don't be afraid to wonder, don't be afraid to be scared

It should never be a prison


i apologise if you feel something is one of the three tracks that the band themselves have referenced to as "jams". The other one of the two remaining is dark, glitchy, with almost jazzy feel in drums, ouch, which directly references a track off of their previous record, Follow You, with its lyrics.

Follow You
So you can drag me through hell
If it meant I could hold your hand
I will follow you
Cause I'm under your spell


ouch
I know I said I was under your spell
But this hex is on another level
And I know I said you could drag me through hell
But I hoped you wouldn't fuck the devil


The last one of the "jams" is mostly instrumental fresh bruises, which features melodic motif which first appeared on 2008's The Sadness Will Never End and on several songs from 2010's There is A Hell.... These three songs are some of the highest points on the album.

Interesting take on the motif of love are tracks why you gotta kick me when i'm down and heavy metal, which focus on bands relationship with fans. heavy metal is the only great track out of the more rock focused ones, with amazing electronic beat in the verses, where Oli and Rahzel of The Roots fame trade verses, before going into heavy chorus. The song explodes as the end comes with breakdown and Oliver's guttural vocals, which we haven't heard from him for nearly ten years, making for the heaviest moment the band has has since Sempiternal. The former of the mentioned tracks sees band move into trap territory with Oliver rapping in triplets over fairly interesting beat featuring with vocal backdrop and children's choir(reminescent of 2015's Happy Song before exploding in the chorus. Another song worth mentioning is mother tongue, which, even with its weaker bridge, is one of the most beautiful moments on the record despite being the most straight forward pop song on here, with Oliver singing his love out with beautiful falsetto(which might or might not be more of Jordan Fish's work, given that he became the main songwriter and producer of the band)

So don't say you love me, 'fala amo'
Just let your heart speak and I'll know
No amount of words could ever find a way
To make sense of this, so I
Wanna hear your mother tongue




Despite all the praise I've given and despite it being what makes this album so good, BMTH's way of trying new things creates a problem with the album, since there is little to no consistency in sound pallete and quality. While in the dark and nihilist blues featuring Grimes are some of the greatest moments this band has crafted(especially the latter, with heavy beats inspired by 90s rave), the songs suffer by being stuffed between mediocre MANTRA and wonderful life. sugar honey ice & tea is another of the offenders in this case, being boring middle of the road alternative rock song which, worst of all, doesn't sound honest(which also is the case, arguably even worse, in MANTRA). The band shows well in tracks like mother tongue and nihilist blues that they're at their very best when trying new things and being out of their comfort zone. Also, while not related to quality of music, following Chester's death BMTH seem to have taken up the sonic space Linkin Park used to be in with easy to listen to rock music with light amount of experimentation.


Overall, amo is good addition to BMTH's discography, showing another step in their career and conforming, that their change is honest and not a move of selling out(which was understandable to feel about That's the Spirit, where even Oliver himself admitted that every song was written with the thought of it being a single in mind), no matter what the crowd of angry metalheads might tell you. The album is far from perfect and suffers from consistency issues, both soundscape and quality wise, being dragged down by boring songs, which bring nothing interesting, new, and, most importantly, good. It can be a great entry record for someone new to genre of "heavy" music, which even was an intent, and while beside a few individual songs the record never goes above what I'd call "great", it never sinks to truly horrible.
Best tracks:
i apologise if you feel something, in the dark, nihilist blues (feat. Grimes), ouch, fresh bruises, mother tongue

Worst tracks:
MANTRA, wonderful life, medicine, sugar honey ice & tea


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Daisy99
June 7th 2019


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok whats going with the question marks can anyone help me with that please



Anyway had this written for a while and after reading it through I decided to share it since I like the way it turned out but it feels a little off so maybe someone can see it too and will be abel to point out what it is.

IntriguingSergei
June 7th 2019


214 Comments


Hello. This site won't process regular question marks - find a Staff review with alternative ones and copy and paste them, please!
You have tried your best, well done.
Please remember and rephrase accordingly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX7zPlQjAr8

Daisy99
June 7th 2019


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guess im dumb but i couldnt find any so i changed the line so i dont need it lol but thank you anyway!

Larkinhill
June 7th 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well shit, add In the Dark to your worst tracks and you have my favorite tracks lol (except for Medicine).

Daisy99
June 7th 2019


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where has my comment gone hopefully it wont doublepost then



but tbh now, a few weeks after writing this id move medicine out of my least favs and overall the album grew on me a bit more beside why you gotta kick me, the mastering there is kinda lifeless there for me which is a shame cause i really enjoy the beat.



But im glad we can agree, especially about the instrumental tracks. Wish they used sounds like ouch more

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2019


15367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, it's good to see a perspective that sits more centred in this polarising tornado of opinions.



have a pos



SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fantastic write-up. Pos. Really nice to see someone else that enjoyd ouch, fresh bruises, and mother tongue as much as I do. Only thing I dont agree with across this entire review is that I absolutely cannot STAND in the dark. Just sounds like a slightly edgier Ed Sheeran track to me

Larkinhill
June 7th 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude, In the Dark is probably my favorite song here lol. Can’t see how you hate it while loving Mother Tongue. Wouldn’t the latter be more Ed Sheeran-ish? I can’t say for sure as I can’t say I’ve ever even listened to a song by him.

SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, mother tongue sounds nothing like Ed Sheeran lol

Larkinhill
June 7th 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You would only know what Ed Sheeran sounds like if you had actually bothered to listen to him, and I give you more credit than that.

Larkinhill
June 7th 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

But if I were to take a stab at what Ed Sheeran sounds like, I would point to Mother Tongue as exhibit A lol.

SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I use to listen to the radio frequently a few years back at a job I worked and he was played quite frequently, that's the only reason I know. I'm not even remotely exaggerating when I say the chorus of in the dark, up until near the end of it when they say "in the dark", sounds like it came straight of an Ed Sheeran session. Mother Tongue reminds me more of like Justin Bieber's Purpose mixed with early 00s pop aesthetic (which is good to me)

Larkinhill
June 7th 2019


2492 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man I’m just fucking with you.



But if In the Dark is my favorite off of Amo and it sounds like Ed Sheeran...? No no, it can’t be. I won’t accept it.

AgentDeathbat
June 7th 2019


9958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wonder deadass got his username changed before me, I'm hurt LOL

SlicePaperMoog
June 7th 2019


1402 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

May TheWonderSoFar live on forever in our hearts



rip

AgentDeathbat
June 7th 2019


9958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I realize I have disappointed you all

I will try my best to move past this transgression

Daisy99
June 7th 2019


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

???? for some reason my comment isnt here again im so confused. But thank you for all the responses, I really appreciate all the feedback so much, I just wish whoever neg'd would tell me what they disliked since i really strive to get better.



Also @Symbolic funnily enough in the dark kinda grew off of me over the time tho i still like it plenty. And yes, i absolutely love mother tongue despite the stupid bridge. Like I wish they did some just as generic but more fitting climax, which ik they kinda did with the double time in last chorus but oh well

AgentDeathbat
June 7th 2019


9958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah youre all good wo-er, symbolic, I'm just fuckin astounded that they never honored my request a while back but look at you hahaha

SymbolicInTime
June 7th 2019


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Funnily enough, I thought I was denied st first because my comment was deleted a few hours after I posted it and my name hadn't been changed even hours later. Well, I went to bed and checked sput in the morning to see that I had been logged out and trying to log-in was fruitless. Then it clicked and I was like OHHHH. Tried logging in with the new name and presto! I just changed it to my reddit name lol



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