Many fans pointed out the similarities between the two sleeves recently, frontman Oli Sykes going as far as accusing Chris Martin and co of “jackin our steez”. Both covers feature the ‘flower of life’ geometric pattern.
Speaking to NME recently, Sykes said that whether it was intentional or not, he finds it hard to believe they wouldn’t have noticed the similarities.
“I’ve no idea, at the end of the day it’s not our symbol, it’s a very old symbol,” Sykes said. “They might not have known at first, but obviously if you google ‘flower of life’ the first thing that comes up is ‘Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal’, it’s like, if you Google the images, someone’s gonna have said something to them, so whether it was intentional or not, it is the same.”
Sykes did, however, add: “It’s not ours, it’s kind of cool really, it’s a cool thing that a band that big are also gonna be sharing that with people”.
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Asked what the ‘Sempiternal’ artwork means to the band, Sykes replied: “It represents everything… For me, it was something that I’d never seen before, I’d never even heard about it and as soon as I did I saw it everywhere, in weird things and weird places and weird times.”
“I’m not like a superstitious person but I kind of am in a way, I kind of enjoy thinking like that even though I don’t one hundred per cent believe… I guess I enjoy that kind of coincidence and all that stuff so that symbol was just something that I guess just started cropping up a lot and that’s one thing that how I met my wife now, she was like, ‘No way I would actually get that tattooed’ when I showed her the artwork. Mine’s on my leg.”
Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ will be released on December 4 via Parlophone/Atlantic and features unlikely guest cameos from Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo.
Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Sempiternal’ album was released in April 2013. Their latest album ‘That’s the Spirit’ was released in September.