Oliver Sykes: Vocals
Matt Kean: Bass
Lee Malia: Guitar
Matt Nicholls: Drums
Jordan Fish: Keyboards/backing vocals
01. Dear Diary
02. Parasite Eve
04. Obey (feat. YUNGBLUD)
05. Itch For The Cure (When Will We Be Free?)
06. Kingslayer (feat. BABYMETAL)
07. 1×1 (feat. Nova Twins)
09. One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death (feat. Amy Lee)
2020 – what a shit show! To say we are all confused, angry, anxious and everything in between would be an understatement. Amidst this global angst though, music always comes through. It unites, it comforts and it gives us a place to exorcise our inner demons and channel our emotions. Tearing through the void comes Bring Me The Horizon’s latest offering entitled Post Human: Survival Horror, a highly emotionally-charged middle finger of an E.P that takes no prisoners!
A whole host of collaborations elevate the record even further with artists such as Amy Lee of Evanescence fame, YUNGBLUD, and BABYMETAL joining the Sheffield five-piece to scream – STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF! Having discarded the traditional format of album releases, we are presented with part one of a four E.P. release planned for the coming year which is an exciting concept allowing new music to be released more frequently, and having listened to this installment, I for one am already hungry for more!
Opening track ‘Dear Diary’ is an angst-fueled trip through what I am sure are many people’s thoughts and feelings, it’s an anthem for life as we now know it. Hard-hitting, fast, and furious with lyrics that cut right to the chase. ”Ah never mind it’s not the end of the world ……. Oh, wait.”
‘Parasite Eve’ literally gives me goosebumps, it’s a less-than-cryptic address directly to our current situation, and it’s so accurate that it sends chills right through to the core. ”Please remain calm, the end has arrived, we cannot save you , enjoy the ride…” it hits right to the centre of everything we are living through, and envokes a feeling of being on the very precipice of a huge revolution, so like I said – goosebumps!
Post Human… packs a huge punch musically as the genres all meld together seamlessly on every track to create such a full sound. It works perfectly, the cyberpunk style underlining heavy guitars and catchy pop riffs tripping through pounding drums.
Each track has a different aspect at the forefront which ensures maximum impact and makes for a real adventure. The third single from the album ‘Obey,’ released in September, turns the anger up to 11 with its heavy metal centre and synth pulse. With help from Yungblud who is known to be vocal in all things unjust in the world, they roar ferociously at the current state of affairs. It’s anthemic and powerful.
This E.P. really does have it all, and it’s just what is needed right now; the unrest is reflected perfectly and turned into a powerful call to arms. To be able to create to this level whilst all being separate is nothing short of incredible, and it is a real testament to the band’s solidarity. It takes us to new places musically none more so than ‘Kingslayer’ which features J-pop / Kawaii metal duo – BabyMetal who inject their unique brand of metal into it with quite frankly spectacular results!
They round off with a melancholy track featuring the haunting and ethereal vocal stylings of Amy Lee. It’s a cinematic end to the EP and its beautiful tune floating through the air; hanging there poignantly, before drifting over you. Yes, this year has been pretty dire, but it has inspired some wonderful creativity, Post Human… very much included.
Having music like this out in the world eases the turmoil we all are going through and reminds us we are not alone in how we are feeling. I am absolutely buzzing knowing we have three more installments of this to come, and Post Human: Survival Horror is an absolute MUST listen!