Bring Me The Horizon have been here before. Alexandra Palace isn’t alien to them and not a whole lot has changed since the band were last here. In the three years that have passed, the group have released two new songs and are currently sat on new album ‘Amo’, not that they’re sharing any secrets tonight.
Yet from the moment they walk onto the stage, things feel different. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, the group know they can do this or maybe it’s because they know the best is yet to come. Tonight isn’t the peak, tonight is just the start.
It’s a similar feeling that fizzes through the support. Yonaka have a handful of EP’s to their name, but almost their whole set comes from material released in recent weeks. Not that you’d know it. The band attack the stage like they’ve been playing venues like this for years and their scattergun blend of everything feels surprisingly focused when backed by a commanding, gleeful performance.
As a band, Fever 333 are just as new but featuring members of letlive., The Chariot and Night Verses, they’ve racked up many, many miles of touring between them. From the first, explosive seconds of their set to the destructive, jubilant end, the band make the night theirs. It’s a carnival of change, as the band tackle gun control, inequality, community and charity while tearing up the stage and beyond. Drums are handed to security guards to play, backdrops are torn down and thrown into the audience, with microphones and members of the band not far behind. In the chaos though, their message of inclusion is crystal clear and after a set like this, it’s one a lot more people are going to be listening to.
Opening with ‘Mantra’, Bring Me The Horizon put their newest foot forward. Confetti rains down and that bubblegum metal chorus charges out of the gate, as the band lean fully into the void between pop and heavy rock.
With their stance secure, the rest of the set is allowed to run free. ‘Avalanche’ is atmospheric, arms wide open and unafraid to shine while ‘A Wonderful Life’ stutters and sways. A step away from the big declarations of ‘That’s The Spirit’, Bring Me The Horizon are still finding new ways to be bold. There’s a throwback medley of old songs from when BMTH were a different band that still sounds dangerous on the biggest of stages while an acoustic ‘Drown’ still manages to sound deafening.
As the band reclaim their ‘Throne’, tonight is a reminder just how many hits Bring Me The Horizon have in their arsenal, and how many they’re probably about to unleash.