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Every Bring Me the Horizon Album, Ranked: Critic’s Picks

It’s been 20 years since metalcore greats Bring Me the Horizon first formed in Sheffield, England. After starting out as just another heavy metal band that blew up on Myspace around the late 2000s (with midday sets at the Vans Warped Tour), the group graduated to headlining some of the most well-known festivals in the industry, became Grammy-nominated, sold over four million albums worldwide and scored five No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. Like few other metal bands of their era, they’ve successfully pulled off several stylistic shifts, just getting bigger and grander each time. 

With a total of eight albums and EPs, each project in their discography further pushes boundaries. Beginning in deathcore, BMTH’s first few albums consisted of heavy breakdowns and piercing screams — until the band began mixing in alternative rock, lo-fi hip-hop beats, and later even electro-pop (with their 2019 album Music to Listen To…) Many fans may have had a hard time accepting the band leaving its roots in heavy metal behind and venturing into more mainstream rock territory. But they didn’t totally abandon metal, either, as heard on their 2020 EP Post Human: Survival Horror — which embodied the metalcore sound from their early days and heaviest tracks since Sempiternal. 

Four years after that return to form, their next album is on the horizon. Post Human: Nex Gen was originally scheduled to be released on Sept. 15, 2023, but was delayed to an unannounced date in 2024. What we do know is that it will not include their keyboardist, percussionist and producer Jordan Fish: BMTH announced Fish’s departure from the band after 11 years on Dec. 22. Fish had been influential in the production that has evolved the band’s sound since his first collaboration with them on Sempiternal. “Kool-Aid,” released earlier this month, sounds like a mix of their early deathcore work and nu-metal. It also highlights Sykes’ vocal capability and how much he’s improved over the years, as he belts out in ways we haven’t heard him attempt before. 

While we can’t predict if the rest of the album will sound like its advance single, this band loves to be unpredictable. One thing is clear — Bring Me the Horizon is still in the thick of its creative prime. See our ranking of each of the group’s eight total projects below.

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