After weeks of fervent anticipation from fans across the globe, Sheffield, England-based band BRING ME THE HORIZON releases “That’s The Spirit” — their fifth studio album and Columbia Records debut — everywhere today, including iTunes and Spotify. In just hours, the album has already reached #1 on iTunes in 13 countries and Top 5 in more than 30 countries.
“That’s The Spirit” is an 11-track, exhilarating ride bursting with huge riffs, soaring vocals and stadium filling monster tracks. Featuring lead single “Throne”, which currently nears Top 10 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., “That’s The Spirit” was recorded this spring in Santorini, Greece at Black Rock Studios, which the band discovered by Googling “world’s most amazing studios.” “That’s The Spirit” was mixed in London, mastered in New York and produced by the band’s Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish.
This week saw the band unveil three new album tracks to eagerly awaiting fans. On Monday, the band officially released their new album version of “Drown”. Tuesday, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac premiered “Avalanche” as the “Hottest Record In The World” alongside an exclusive live session from the famed Maida Vale Studios (including a spectacular acoustic version of “Drown”). And yesterday, Zane Lowe premiered album closer “Oh No” as his “World Record,” spinning the record a handful of times throughout his show.
Next Tuesday, September 15, BRING ME THE HORIZON returns to the U.S. for an exclusive underplay concert at New York City’s The Studio at Webster Hall, presented by SiriusXM Octane. Visit www.siriusxm.com/bringmethehorizon for a chance to win access to the show. The band returns to North America at the top of October for their headline fall tour, which includes festival stops at Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance, Aftershock and Knotfest. Joining them on the road will be ISSUES and PVRIS.
“That’s The Spirit” marks a change in sound for the British group. The disc also has a concept behind it, which frontman Oliver Sykes explained via a post aimed at social media.
Sykes wrote: “The shadow describes the part of the psyche that an individual would rather not acknowledge. It contains the denied parts of the self. Since the self contains these aspects, they surface in one way or another. The greatest power comes from having accepted your shadow parts and integrated them as components of your Self.”
He continued: “This album is a celebration of the darkness, because everything may seem bleak and black on the outside, but inside us all is a world of color and emotion that we NEED to let take over and not ignore, and that’s the long-winded explanation for the album concept and the artwork.” Sykes also posted a video to Instagram that reveals the album’s CD packaging inside and out.
BRING ME THE HORIZON is Oli Sykes (vocals), Matthew Nicholls (drums), Matt Kean (bass), Lee Malia (guitars), Jordan Fish (programming and keys).