When I was a wee headbanger, shouting the likes of “Stick it the man!” and “MCR can eat a dick!”, there was one up-and-coming band that every fringe-swishing, vans-wearing, skinny jean toting “emotional” went absolutely bananas for, and that was Bring Me the Horizon. Take a minute to listen to what they used to sound like:
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But…that sounds like a pre-pubescent koala shouting random phrases through a distorted microphone with production about as ground-breaking as Fred Durst’s poetry book.” Well, you’re not wrong. They used to be shit….really shit. 2013’s “Sempiternal” wasn’t half bad, mainly because frontman Oliver Sykes decided to start singing instead of yelling like he’d inhaled a cluster of burning limpits, but still nothing special.
That being said, new single “Throne” is pretty good….jeez that was anticlimactic. In all seriousness though, Bring Me the Horizon could only rock the “frustrated koala battery” for so long, and were eventually going to have to depart, and thank Buddah they did. “Throne” has a heavy electronic influence, but melds that together well with a vocal hook catchier than the plague, and some beefy guitars to back it up. The song doesn’t really go anywhere, but it stays at a good steady pace throughout, just enough to make it enjoyable instead of yawnworthy.
The video’s pretty spectacular as well. There’s a fat cenobite-looking guy whipping a girl playing a harp (what that has to do with thrones I don’t know), there’s some guy doing kung-fu moves at some point (again, thrones? Anyone?) and Sykes carrying a torch (where art thou throne?), and finally a wooden throne (about bloody time!).
All-in-all “Throne” isn’t getting out of here without a recommendation. It’s melodic, it’s catchy, and to some level it sounds badass. I guess I’ve just got to stop being sour and get rid of my distaste for Bring Me the Horizon…the key phrase there is “I guess…”
I’m giving “Throne” a rating of:
“Throne” – 6.5/10
“That’s The Spirit” is out September 11th via Sony and Columbia