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In a nutshell: pretty boys making ugly music. Sheffield, England's Bring Me the Horizon sketch out their frantic, aggressive, skittish, retching, and often wonderful brand of metalcore with this debut EP — aptly named This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For. Vocalist Oliver Sykes immediately establishes his English-ness with a desperate, grindcore-derived howl that says "You're stabbing me while I sing this" — as opposed to the death metal growl preferred by most American metalcore bands, which says "I'm stabbing you while I sing this." He also backs up his typically stream-of-conscience lyrics with helpful explanations about their origins, which may or may not matter if you've come here for the band's very challenging, but never boring musical displays. Packed with killer-fudge riffs, dissonant squawks imitating horns from hell, and even occasional bits of straight-ahead thrash (see standout "Rawwwrr!!"), these obviously owe a great debt to bands like Job for a Cowboy and the Red Chord, among others, but Bring Me the Horizon, may just have enough personality to compete.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Fronted by a tattooed clothing designer and influenced by death metal, grindcore, and emo, Bring Me the Horizon aren't the average deathcore band. The group was formed in 2004 from the ashes of several Sheffield-based outfits, with the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean serving as the inspiration for the band's name. Singer Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward, bassist Matt Kean, and drummer Matt Nicholls initially established their own label, Thirty Days of Night, to release...
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