Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes On New Album “Amo”: “It Sounds Nothing Like Anything We’ve Ever Done Before”

Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes recently spoke to Metal Hammer about the band’s new album “Amo“ (out January 11) and their single “Mantra.” According to him, the group’s new material “sounds nothing like anything [they’ve] ever done before.”

Sykes said the following:

“It’s not anti-love, it’s unbiased in that respect, it just explores stuff. I went through a divorce a couple of years ago and I was really reluctant to write about it, but in the end I needed to get it out of me and deal with it. Not that I was so broken up about it, but sometimes when you go through something traumatic, even when you think you’re over it you don’t realise what you’re still holding on to. Whether it’s the way you treat other people or losing trust, I thought I need to explore this myself so I can deal with it.”

He continued:

“It’s not really an angry record or anything like that, it’s more about looking at stuff and going over it and mentally dumping it. It goes in to stuff that’s not about me that’s more about society and stuff like that. You’ll find out.”

“Our last record [‘That’s The Spirit] we set out to make a record we could see ourselves playing in bigger venues – I like to call it a big-budget rock album – and every song could have been a single. I always looked up to Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory‘ where every song could be a single. I know some people don’t think that’s so cool, but I used to think that was amazing.

With [‘Amo‘] it’s a bit different. We’ll write some songs that can be on the radio – we love to write those songs, it’s a challenge for us – but at the same time we’re gonna write some songs that throw everything out the window that you know about us. You couldn’t even edit it into a single if you wanted to. We’re gonna do whatever the fuck we want. In some aspects it’s a heavier record, which sounds so cliché, but it is.

Don’t get me wrong, if anyone’s thinking we’re going to bring out a much heavier album, it’s not. There are some songs that are poppier than anything we’ve ever done before, but there are some songs that are weirder. Some that don’t even sound like rock songs, they’re still heavy and dark, but they tap into a different psyche and place. It sounds nothing like anything we’ve ever done before.”

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Bring Me The Horizon Premiere “Mantra” Music Video

Bring Me The Horizon have premiered a new video for their song “Mantra.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Amo,“ which will be released on January 11.

In other news, the group also performed the song live for the first time during a surprise set at the Reading Festival in Reading, England today (August 24). Fan-filmed footage of that is available below:

Bring Me The Horizon To Release New Album “Amo” In January, Announce World Tour

Bring Me The Horizon have annnounced that their new album “Amo” will be released on January 11. The effort, which was produced by frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish, can be pre-ordered at bmthofficial.com. If you missed it, the first single “Mantra” can be found HERE.

Sykes commented:

“‘Amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we’ve created an album that’s more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we’ve done before.”

In other news, the band have also annnounced a world tour in support of the album:

Europe/UK:

11/05 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyer-halle
11/06 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
11/08 Berlin, GER – UFO Im Velodrome
11/09 Chemnitz, GER – Messe
11/10 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
11/12 Zurich, SWI – Samsun Hall
11/13 Milan, ITA – Forum
11/14 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/16 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto
11/17 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
11/18 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Hall
11/20 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
11/21 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
11/23 Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Arena
11/24 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
11/25 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
11/27 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/29 London, UK – Alexandra Palace
11/30 London, UK – Alexandra Palace

North America:

01/23 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
01/25 Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
01/26 Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
01/28 Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
01/29 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
02/01 Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
02/02 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
02/04 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/05 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
02/06 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
02/08 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
02/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
02/11 Denver, CO – The Fillmore
02/13 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
02/15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

Australia:

04/10 Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre
04/12 Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
04/13 Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena

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Bring Me The Horizon Premiere New Song “Mantra”

Following some cryptic teasing, Bring Me The Horizon have officially premiered a new song titled “Mantra.” The track originally debuted on BBC Radio 1 today (August 21) and it has now been made available online. Oli Sykes said the following about the track: “It felt like the first thing we wanted to show people upon our return.” He also added the following when asked if fans can expect a new album soon: “I don’t want to say. We’re definitely working on stuff. We’ve got something exciting to announce in the next few days.”

[vi Blabbermouth]

Bring Me The Horizon Appear To Have Started A Cryptic Ad Campaign For Their New Album

Bring Me The Horizon have started a cryptic ad campaign, which is assumed to be related to their new album. A new billboard has popped up in London and it features logos related to the band, along with the phrase “Do you wanna start a cult with me?” and a phone number. When fans call the number the following message is played: “Welcome to Mantra. Daniel speaking. Could I take your earth name please?” After a pause it continues: “Your journey with Mantra begins now and I’m pleased to be able to share the begin of your enlightenment. with…” That is followed by shouting, gun shots, and some distorted music. Aside from this, a website, joinmantra.org, has also been launched and it has a lengthy message promising salvation. It ends with the phrase: “But these things too have answers And all we can tell you now is that you can be free. But first, we must piss you off. Salvation will return. 21 August 2018.” There isn’t much more to go on, but it appears we will know more in 11 days.

[via Metal Injection]

Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes To Open Venue In Sheffield, England

Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes will be opening a new 220-capacity venue, called Church, in the band’s hometown of Sheffield, England on July 6. The venue is expected to feature “live music, vegan food, tattoos, retro gaming and South American religious iconography.” Sykes told Kerrang! the following:

“Our building has incredible heritage and I wanted to develop [an arcade bar] concept that truly celebrated and developed that legacy. We wanted something that fitted with William John Hale’s original and stunning design [of the building] but provided something to wow 21st century customers. Our strap line is ‘Temple of Fun’ – we provide a whole experience.”

Bring Me The Horizon Song Used In New PlayStation Advertisement

Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Throne” has been used for a new PlayStation advertisement in the UK. You can check that out below: