Very few bands have divided opinions in the metal scene as much as Bring Me The Horizon have. Despite the split opinions Bring Me The Horizon have become the biggest Metalcore band in the country with their latest album Sempiternal reaching number 3 in the UK album charts. Tonight’s show at the Academy 2 in Manchester marked the start of their intimate tour to promote the new album.
First up were Prog-rock band Empress. These were quite an unusual pick to open for Bring Me The Horizon and it was clear that Empress were not going to appeal to everyone in the audience. This did not stop them from playing a great opening set. Taking elements from bands like Mastodon and Deftones, Empress have a unique sound that shifts between softer Prog moments to crushingly heavy riffs. Despite not everyone in the crowd loving them Empress were a great choice for an opening band adding some diversity to the line up rather than just having another Metalcore band. (8)
Next up were Japanese Metalcore band Crossfaith. Having made a name for themselves in the UK last year after touring with Of Mice & Men, While She Sleeps and playing Warped Tour UK it was clear that there were a lot of fans of Crossfaith here tonight with parts of the crowd chanting “Crossfaith” during their sound-check. Crossfaith exploded onto the stage with the opening track “Monolith” from their Zion EP and immediately mosh pits opened and the whole crowd was going crazy. This didn’t stop for their entire set which consisted of the entire Zion EP and the bands absolutely brilliant cover of The Prodigy’s “Omen”. Crossfaith continue to prove that in the Metalcore scene there are very few bands who can put on as good a live show as they can. (9)
Bring Me The Horizon take to the stage and are greeted with the loudest screams of the night. Its clear that everyone in this crowd have eagerly been awaiting Bring Me The Horizon’s return. They open with “Shadow Moses” and the entire crowd sing the words back to the band, its an incredible start to their set. Unfortunately following this song the band suffer from some technical issues meaning that fans have to wait a while before the band play their second song “Chelsea Smile”. Things then get even worse for the band as halfway through third song “Alligator Blood” the sound cuts out meaning fans can hardly hear the band. To make things worse a fire alarm is set off in the building, fortunately this was just an accident and there was no fire in the building. After all these problems Bring Me The Horizon were finally able to continue playing and started things back up with “Go To Hell For Heavens Sake”. From then on it was a great performance from Bring Me The Horizon with the new tracks from Sempiternal sounding incredible live. Front-man Oli Sykes has often been criticised for being a poor live vocalist but tonight his performance is brilliant and the rest of the band sound tight. For every song the mosh pits were took up most of the room and the crowd were going crazy for the entire set. Recent single “Sleepwalking” closes Bring Me The Horizon’s main set with a massive sing-along with the band then playing an encore of “Empire (Let Them Sing)” and “Antivist”, which saw the final Wall Of Death of the night. (8)
Despite the multiple problems at the start of their set Bring Me The Horizon still put on a great show and continue to prove why they are the biggest Metalcore band in the UK. While Crossfaith were the best band of the night it was clear that Bring Me The Horizon have improved so much as a live band and will soon be playing the biggest shows of their career. (8)