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Bring Me the Horizon is a five-piece Metalcore/Deathcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire, formed in 2004. They are popular among teenagers and young adults, particularly females. The band has also garnered Fandom and Hatedom in equal measure and and is known to cause instant Internet Backdrafts. They've released three full-length albums, one EP and a remix compilation.

Related Acts:

  • I Killed The Prom Queen
  • Bleeding Through
  • Skrillex
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  • Oliver Sykes - lead vocals
  • Lee Malia - lead guitar
  • Matt Kean - bass guitar
  • Matt Nicholls - drums, percussion
  • Jona Weinhofen - rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, vocals

Past members:

  • Curtis Ward - guitar, 2004-2009


  • 2004 - This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For
  • 2006 - Count Your Blessings
  • 2008 - Suicide Season
  • 2009 - Suicide Season: Cut Up!
  • 2010 - There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret.

Bring Me the Horizon provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Album Title Drop: Once Per Album.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Traitors Never Play Hangman" and "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick".
  • Arch Enemy: Bullet For My Valentine, according to the magazine Rock Sound. Not that that keeps the two bands from touring together in Japan.
    • Or in the UK
  • Ascended Fanboy: The band's original lineup were big fans of their local heavy music scene long before they decided to take a stab at playing heavy music themselves.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: "Fuck" begins with, well, a loud shout of "let's FUCK!!!"
  • Audience Participation Song: "Diamonds Aren't Forever" and "Anthem".
  • Biblical Motifs: The Ten Plagues Of Egypt on "Pray For Plagues".
  • Break Up Song: Lots of 'em.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Oli Sykes once disowned This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For, although he later claimed that he was too drunk to think straight at the time.
  • Careful with That Axe: The beginning of "Pray For Plagues".
  • Chewing the Scenery: Oli Sykes did this a lot on Count Your Blessings; he'd hold screams for so long that his growl would eventually diminish and revert back to his normal voice, resulting in astounding amounts of Narm.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: "(I Used To Make Out With) Medusa" has the line "why don't you just fuck yourself, you fucking whore?"
  • Continuity Nod: "Diamonds Aren't Forever" references older song "Rawwwrrr" and "Chelsea Smile" references "Pray For Plagues".
    • "Crucify Me" also references "The Sadness Will Never End":

TSWNE: So don't give up on me/It's not too late for us/And I'll save you from yourself/And I'll save you from yourself....Is there hope for us?/Can we make it out alive?

CM: If we make it through the night, if I make it out alive/Lord have mercy and pray for the dead/And you say that you can save me...

  • Covers Always Lie: The covers of The Edge Of Your Seat and Count Your Blessings are intentional examples.
  • Cover Version: The band has covered "Eyeless" by Slipknot.
  • Dead Man's Hand: "Alligator Blood" contains a reference to it.
  • Deathcore: Until Suicide Season.
  • Despair Event Horizon: "Suicide Season" and "Blessed With A Curse" cross it.
  • Dye Hard: All of the members except Jona Weinhofen have had their hair dyed jet black at one point or another.
  • Emo Teen: The band's lyrics (and hair) invoke this.
  • Epic Rocking: "Suicide Season".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Oli Sykes and former guitarist Curtis Ward.
  • Faux Symbolism
  • Follow the Leader: While the band themselves have been accused of this, they also have their share of imitators, being one of the first bands to bridge the gap between floppy-haired Metalcore and the Darker and Edgier Deathcore scene.
  • Genre Shift: From Deathcore to Metalcore.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: The band's name comes from an Improv line from Pirates of the Caribbean: "Now... bring me that horizon."
  • Improv: "Off The Heezay" begins with the vocalist screaming "AWESOME FOURSOME!"
  • Intercourse with You: "Fuck", of course.
  • Large Ham
  • Loudness War: Suicide Season and There Is A Hell.... Just listen to the drum intro of "Anthem".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Whenever the band does "romantic" subject matter, like on "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick" and "Off The Heezay".
  • Metalcore
  • New Sound Album: Suicide Season.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Half of their song titles, at least.
  • Not Christian Rock: The Christian references are just Faux Symbolism.
    • Additionally, they are a British band; unlike their American counterparts, young Brits are overwhelmingly secular.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick", "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only", "Chelsea Smile" and "Sleep With One Eye Open".
  • Rated "G" for Gangsta: They've lightened up their originally vulgar and hedonistic public image since their Genre Shift to Metalcore.
  • Refuge in Audacity: They were pretty much fueled by this in their early years.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: "Football Season Is Over" and "A Lot Like Vegas".
  • Shout-Out: The band's name is a Shout Out to the movie Pirates Of The Caribbean And The Curse Of The Black Pearl.
    • The song title "Who Wants Flowers When You're Dead? Nobody." is a Shout Out to J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in The Rye.
    • The song title "Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick" is a Shout Out to's The Secret League Of Legionaires Pt. 2.
    • A song from their album Count Your Blessings is called "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only".
    • The song "It Was Written In Blood" contains almost direct quotes from the suicide note left by the famous Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, who wrote the note in his own blood.
    • The song "Football Season Is Over" might be named after the suicide note left by the famous Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
    • The song title "The Sadness Will Never End" paraphrases Vincent van Gogh's last words, "The sadness will last forever."
    • The lyrics to "Suicide Season" are heavily influenced by the funeral poem If Tears Could Build A Sentence.
    • Predator and Chewbacca from Star Wars appear in the video for "The Comedown".
    • The video for "The Sadness Will Never End" is based on the movie Let the Right One In.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness
  • Spoken Word in Music
  • Straight Edge: In the very early beginning; the original band members met at local straight edge hardcore concerts. The insert of their debut EP This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For declared them to be a "drug-free band." This is now very ironic as the band went on to adopt a drunken partying image. However, Jona Weinhofen, former member of the straight edge band I Killed The Prom Queen, joined the band in 2009.
  • Subdued Section: The ambient sections on "Chelsea Smile" and "Suicide Season". There Is A Hell... has these on almost every song.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "17 Fathoms And Counting", if instrumentals count.
  • Studio Chatter: At the end of "Rawwwrrr" and "Football Season Is Over".
  • Take That: "No Need For Introductions..." is a Take That at a girl who claimed to have been assaulted and pissed on by the band, getting the band into legal trouble and putting a black mark on their reputation.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: "For Stevie Wonder's Eyes Only".
  • This Is a Song: "Anthem".
  • Trope Codifier: for Emo-looking guys playing Deathcore. Before Bring Me The Horizon, the asymetric-fringed crowd were only ever seen in emo bands, and skinny, well-groomed teens playing brutal metalcore was quite a shock to the system back in 2005-2006, when their EP started making the rounds, especially since this was before metalcore was paid attention to outside of metal crowds in their native Britain.