Bring Me The Horizon hit the 02 Arena in London to promote their Post Human project. A sold-out venue, support was from Static Dress, Cassyette and Bad Omens in a lengthy show full of great entertainment. The first of two nights in London, those with Saturday tickets much have been pleased to get in and out of the capital city before Storm Isha hit.
Bring Me The Horizon
The O2 Arena, London – 20 January 2024
Words: Razorrhead Productions
Photography: Aggie Anthimidou
Bring Me The Horizon do not need much of an introduction, considering how big they have become over the years. Originating from Sheffield in 2004, they began as a pure Death/Metalcore band that quickly made their mark in the underground scene. As time went by, they tuned to different genres ranging from Nu metal, Rnb and even pop on several accounts.
This tour was to help support the upcoming Post Human: Nex Gen, due for release this year. Bring Me The Horizon sold over 110,000 tickets the first day they went on sale.
The intro to their show was, to be blunt, very special. A brilliant treat to any Metal Gear Solid fans out there as the big screens on the stage emulate the intro screen to the first Metal Gear start screen. After a couple of minutes of this, we are then met by a cyber demon on the screens that introduces us to the band as they come on stage to begin their lengthy show for the night.
Things are quickly set in motion as they kick off the intro to the show with songs such as DArkSide, Empire (Let Them Sing), MANTRA and Teardrops. The stage is a little sparser compared to normal with the recent departure of their synth player, Jordan Fish.
However, they make up the space with the raw energy they bring to the stage. This is very noticeable with Oli Sykes as he bellows each scream with raw emotions and kicks it hard up and down the stage.
The visuals used on this show were completely mind-blowing. The first few segments of the intro are just a typical church/goth setting. However, it is not long till the prop curtains drop, and we are met by huge screens which feature a demented baby-looking demon that smashes the church to pieces during Kool-Aid.
This is shortly followed by Obey, where we get to see YUNGBLUD appear on stage to join Oli with some furious back-and-forth aggressive vocals.
The thing I really liked about this set is just being able to see how caring they are towards their fans. Oli gives a big thanks to the fans for all the support throughout the years and mentions how he would die for them.
This then kicks off the intro to their track DiE4u. The song had to end abruptly due to an incident near the front of the stage where a fan had collapsed and had to be brought backstage for treatment. Oli asks the fans not to be heroes and to let the staff do their job of aiding the person in need. Bring Me The Horizon exited the stage only to return a few minutes late to restart the song once the situation had settled.
Bring Me The Horizon continue the setlist with the epic King Slayer and then straight into a softer ballad with sTraNgeRs. This was a particularly favourite part of the show where Oli invited all of the audience members to get together, hug it out and have the flashlights on their phones switched on, which illuminated the whole arena. It was truly a special and intimate moment of the show.
The band continued with Diamonds Aren’t Forever, Parasite Eve, Antivist, and Drown. The segments between the tracks were unique, too, as they included the demon lady on the big screen interacting with the crowd.
There is even a rather funny part where they criticise the band on how long it is currently taking to release their second Post Human release, giving the audience a chance to be recorded for the new album by shouting ‘Oli is a knobhead’ over and over. A good bit of banter to lighten up the mood of the often-dark lyrical subjects.
There is a good turnaround with the other members of the band. Matt Kean and Lee Malia often swap sides of the stage while keeping focused on their playing. Drummer Mat Nicholls keeps the pace of the songs in time, and their usual live guitarist, John Jones, provides extra rhythms to the guitars and helps provide backing tracks.
Bring Me The Horizon finished their encore with Doomed, LosT, and Throne. The show is closed, with the band thanking their audiences for coming and showing their support before heading off to rest and do it all again the following night.
Several times, I have reviewed a show and said it was one of the best gigs I have seen in a long time. Well, this show has beaten them all. It was a thrilling opportunity to see Bring Me The Horizon live as they provided top-notch entertainment and a great performance of top-quality songs.