Bring Me The Horizon returns with ‘Mantra’
Bring Me The Horizon is back. There’s simply no other way to state that the UK quintet is back after their 2015 release That’s the Spirit. Unlike the more synthesized sound of their previous record, their new lead single off the upcoming amo, ‘Mantra,’ is a furious and energetic anthem. ‘Mantra’ opens with a thundering percussion and bass combination, before leading into the main introduction of the song. Oli Sykes, BMTH’s frontman, sounds like himself again on this song, with the band’s edge clearly restored on this song. He uses his voice quite masterfully, dodging between the lower end of his register to raising it to make his point. He even does a little bit of screaming in between the first chorus and second verse, even though it is mostly in the background. ‘Mantra’ is a call for people to wake up and get off the mundane, and Bring Me the Horizon makes that clear. It’s a song about being ones instead of following the culture, a fitting message that echoes a band that’s made music that deviates from the norm yet still stuns the masses. The track is a blend of raw energy, time-tested musicianship, and a little bit of electronic elements as well. Bring Me the Horizon’s return, much like other scene heavyweights Underoath, is on their own terms, and they choose what metaphors and symbolism are in their art in order to make it how they want it. It wouldn’t be surprising if ‘Mantra’ is part of a larger conceptual arc, but that’s up to the band to reveal in the time leading up to amo’s release.
Bring Me the Horizon’s ‘amo’ arrives January 11