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EP REVIEW: BRING ME THE HORIZON – POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR (RCA RECORDS)

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The Sheffield 5 piece return with their newest 4-part project beginning with their first release, Post Human: Survival Horror, a true mix of all the genres the band have previously dabbled in. 

In just 32 minutes, Bring Me The Horizon have expertly managed to capture their ability to switch and mix genres in this EP. Tracks such as ‘Dear Diary’ and ‘Kingslayer’, featuring BABYMETAL, are refreshing reminders Bring Me are not just becoming a pop band. The album still contains synth soundscapes and layered guitars throughout, similar to their Sempiternal album, while other tracks adhere more to the style of their album That’s The Spirit, their first breakaway from sticking within the metal genre. 

Despite receiving backlash for the pop sound of previous efforts, That’s the Spirit and amo, Bring Me have proven their diverse talents by making whatever the heck they like – and succeeding at it too. Tracks ‘Parasite Eve’ and ‘Teardrops’ adhere more to the styles of amo with their synth melodies and tuneful singing rather than screaming. They have also included a completely new style with the track ‘One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest’ featuring Evanescence’s Amy Lee. A very sombre and slow-moving track, unlike much of their previous work. As a track, it’s a nice listen with a rare piano melody and harmonies, but it doesn’t really fit with the rest of the EP. It feels much more sorrowful whereas the rest of the tracks capture the anger and frustration this album is trying to portray.

Another addition the album could have done without is Yungblud’s feature on the track ‘Obey’. The track fits well with the style and message the album is illustrating, but Yungblud’s addition adds no value to the track. Singing directly next to Bring Me’s lead singer Oli Skyes makes Yungblud’s parts seem like an imitation not an addition of something different, whereas the other features aboard the EP add variety to the tracks and therefore album. 

The album’s aim was to capture the anger and frustration the band have towards humanity. Traditionally quite a dark topic, however being written within lockdown and released during a pandemic, most people can relate to these feelings. All of the tracks upon the EP discuss something relatable during this frustrating time, while being upbeat so we don’t fall into a pit of despair while listening. Although a short album, being a four-piece project is slightly worrying – will the next three parts be variations of the same idea? Let’s hope the whole project isn’t a rinse and repeat of this EP, while the styles of track are varied, a repeat of the same themes and thoughts will be a disappointment. 

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