Oli Sykes: ‘Bring Me The Horizon are as much a metal band as Fall Out Boy are a pop-punk band’

Frontman discusses more commercial sound of new album 'That's The Spirit'

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has compared the band’s move away to metal as being like Fall Out Boy’s transition away from being a pop-punk band.

‘That’s The Spirit’, Bring Me The Horizon’s fifth album, was released last month (September) and sees the band move further away from their early days as a metalcore band.

Speaking to Billboard, Sykes compared himself to US band Fall Out Boy who have also ventured into far more commercial territory in recent years.


“We came from a metal background, so I guess we will always feel connected and relevant to the genre,” he said. “I guess we are as much a metal band now as Fall Out Boy are a pop-punk band.”

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Sykes did admit that he was nervous about how fans will perceive the change: “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t,” he said. “Not because it would have changed the way I feel about the record, but I guess I always want everyone to be happy. At the end of the day, this album is all the better for not being super heavy. None of it feels contrived, or like we are writing it for any other reason than for a life of music. These songs are the result of hard craft and dedication, and I think they are all the better for not being laced with breakdowns and constant screaming.”

Bring Me The Horizon recently confirmed they have added five extra dates to their upcoming UK tour, including two dates in Birmingham.

The metal band will hit the road in November. In addition to the dates confirmed earlier this month, Bring Me The Horizon will also play gigs in Southampton, Glasgow and Bristol. Additionally, the band will play twice in Birmingham on November 29 with a matinee performance in the afternoon taking place before a regular evening gig.

The band previously confirmed arena gigs in Edinburgh, Doncaster and Cardiff as well as a huge London date at Alexandra Palace on November 28.

Bring Me The Horizon will play:


Southampton, O2 Guildhall (October 31)
Glasgow, O2 Academy (November 24)
Edinburgh, Corn Exchange (November 25)
Doncaster, Dome (November 26)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (November 27)
London, Alexandra Palace (November 28)
Birmingham, 02 Academy (November 29 – matinee)
Birmingham, 02 Academy (November 29)
Bristol, O2 Academy (November 30)