Formed in Sheffield in 2004, BRING ME THE HORIZON have gone from hyped youngsters, winning the Kerrang Award for Best British Newcomers in 2006, to one of the world’s most exciting and unique new bands, currently bringing their individual brand of heavy music to sell-out crowds all over the world.
In 2005, the band released their brutal debut mini album This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For through Thirty Days Of Night records. The band’s clear potential caught the eye of Visible Noise (who re-released the mini album later that year), the UK independent label responsible for unearthing and breaking of the UK’s biggest rock acts, including Lostprophets and Bullet For My Valentine. As predicted, the band began to pick up massive critical acclaim from press and fans alike, and the cult of BMTH began, as they smashed into the MySpace top 100 acts (them being the only UK act in the chart aside from Coldplay!), recorded sessions for BBC Radio One and incited one of the biggest moshpits of the weekend at Download festival, all while still having an average age of around 18.
October 2006 saw the release of the band’s debut album Count Your Blessings through Visible Noise. A newfound maturity in terms of songwriting and structure was to be found in the songs as well as production from Dan Sprigg (Lostprophets, Cradle of Filth). However, the album still contained the band’s trademark heaviness - blistering percussion, shredding solos, erratic time signatures and terrifyingly brutal vocals. To accompany the release, the band filmed an immensely popular video for Pray For Plagues which currently has well over 15 million views on YouTube.
Throughout 2007 and 2008, the band continued to tour heavily, and released Count Your Blessings in the US (2008). The band began to play their intense live shows internationally, including touring with Megadeth in Australia, flying out twice to Russia, an extensive and sold out UK tour, European festivals and most importantly a much deserved slot on the Vans Warped Tour in Summer ’08, where they quickly established themselves as THE band on the tour, melting the faces of fans, bands and critics alike with their incendiary live performances.
BMTH headed to the isolated Studio Fredman, Sweden in April 2008 – in the frozen and inhospitable wilderness miles outside the civilisation of Gothenburg, to record with acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, At The Gates). Leaving with an album yet another massive step up from their previous work, Suicide Season was spawned, featuring anthems such as ‘Chelsea Smile’ and ‘The Sadness Will Never End’.
Suicide Season also saw the beginning of the band’s forays into incorporating programming and electronica into their music, perhaps one of the biggest surprises to the press and fans, yet one for which they have been almost universally applauded for.
BMTH signed a licensing deal through Visible Noise with legendary label Epitaph for the release of their albums in the US in Sept 2008. The album received glittering reviews from the press on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, catapulting the band into the Metallic stratosphere. The band played headline tours of Japan, Australia, Russia, Europe, the US and even Mexico, where they sold out the 3,500 capacity Jose Cuervo Salon performing what could well be one of the most intense shows ever witnessed by a human being.
The band also filmed four videos for the aforementioned tracks from the Suicide Season album, along with ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever’ and ‘The Comedown’, all of which now number millions upon millions of views on YouTube. In July 2009, Jona Weinhofen, previously of Bleeding Through, joined the band after the departure of Curtis Ward, with whom the band parted ways with earlier that year.
After randomly hearing a mutual friend’s electro remix of one of their songs, the idea dawned to get the entire Suicide Season album remixed, which resulted in the reissue of the album, entitled Suicide Season: Cut Up, released in the UK Nov 2009 and in the US April 2010. The release featured remixes from Utah Saints, Slipknot, Gym Class Heroes and Dillinger Escape Plan, and reflected the band’s broad influences from outside the Metal world, including Dubstep, Electro, Drum & Bass and Hip Hop.
In Summer 2010 the band returned to the US to play the main stage on the Vans Warped Tour, taking the band through almost every state in the country. Their second Warped Tour appearances drew the tour’s largest crowds, day in, day out - as fellow bands & fans once more struggled to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most exciting live bands.
BMTH returned to the UK to play Sonisphere festival in August ’10 (alongside Iron Maiden, Iggy And The Stooges and Rammstein) where Metal Hammer noted that “Horizon don’t just steal the weekend, they put on a show that could very well be the festival performance of the Summer.”
October 5, 2010 will see the release of the band’s massively anticipated third album There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret, which will be released through Visible Noise in the UK & Europe and again licensed to Sony , Epitaph and Shock .
BRING ME THE HORIZON will unleash Hell on fans this fall when they co-headline the AP Tour Fall 2010 tour with August Burns Red.
Oliver Sykes – Vocals , Lee Malia – Guitar, Jona Weinhofen – Guitar,
Matt Nicholls – Drums, Matt Kean – Bass