When you’re the biggest metalcore band in the world, you get to sell out massive venues. That’s exactly what happened last Wednesday night at the Forum to the 5 piece blitzers in Bring Me The Horizon.
Upon entering the Forum, the sudden sense of being overwhelmed and overpowered by the sheer magnitude of the space hits you like a moshing elbow to the face. It’s large, it’s really flippin’ large. It’s no mini Warped Tour side stage, this is the real deal and Bring Me The Horizon has clearly earned it. The boys created a tour that will go down as one of the premier tours of the year with direct support from Thrice and openers Fever 333.
Jason Butler and his bandmates in Fever 333 are no strangers to the art of performing. His former band LetLive absolutely crushed the Warped Tour scene both musically and as a performance spectacle. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to witness Fever 333 in all their glory at the Forum but I caught wind from onlookers that claimed Butler climbed to the second level and went all “Jason Butler”. It’ll be exciting where this 3-piece, dominating force in music ends up in a year. Oh, and they were nominated for a Grammy. RESPECT!
Thrice, the seasoned vets from Orange County were next on stage. With frontman Dustin Kensru at the helm, the band quickly went into their first track “Only Us”, a song from their most recently released album ‘Palms’. The track quickly woke up sleepers in the audience, pumping them full of energy and stamina.
Other tracks played by OC natives included “Silhouette”, a fan favorite and crowd mover form their album ‘The Artist In The Ambulance‘ and “Of Dust and Nations“, a classic from the group’s 2005 album, ‘Vheissu‘. Against a darkened layer of blue and purple light, the band finished their set with “The Window” and “The Earth Will Shake”.
How does one define themselves as a metalhead? Do they have to dress the part with studded belts, long hair, and a pair of horns perpetually in the air? Or are they rough around the edges, talking about Ozzy like he the greatest thing other than an In-and-Out Burger at 1 AM on a Sunday morning? It’s dictated that metalheads, headbangers, metal aficionado, and metal buffs stay true to their click, but with so much crossover from one genre to the next, the colors are starting to blend, and maybe all for the better. Metalcore juggernauts Bring Me The Horizon showed and delivered everyone a taste of their newly created collage of both metal and pop music.
As the lights dimmed in anticipation of the band’s entrance, the song “i apologize if you feel something” began with the help of lead singer Oli Sykes. A curtain of purples and blues painted the stage as Syked walked onto the stage to an outpouring of love from the audience. The track, or better yet intro, is the farthest from metal BMTH has ever created, but it set the stage, it set the tone, it set the night. “Mantra”, the band’s lead single quickly followed with its rapturous guitar riffs and catchy tune.
“The House of Wolves”, a track off the band’s 2013 ‘Sempiternal‘ made a mosh pit of the entire venue. Sweaty bodies ricocheted off one another causing shirts, shoes, any anything detachable to fly into the air. “Avalanche” played next along with the tour debut of the song “Mother Tongue”, another top track of the band’s latest release ‘Amo‘. For the song “Shadow Moses” Oli Sykes opted to ask everyone to wake the f**k up, and stick their middle fingers in the air. Everyone obliged.
England’s finest ended the night with a well-deserved encore featuring tracks “Doomed” followed by the end all closer of all songs, “Throne”.
BRING ME THE HORIZON