Bring Me The Horizon - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Say what you want about Bring Me the Horizon and the noughties deathcore scene, but the one thing that still remains is unbridled passion for music. The boys from Sheffield recent shift from death metal to a more electronic/metalcore sound has catapulted them into a much wider audience and success after success.
Tonight sees the Sheffield rockers return to Cardiff to headline their biggest date so far. Upon approaching the Motorpoint Arena the massive queue for the 8,000 capacity venue is revealed. With a line wrapping around Cardiff city centre, it’s a clear indication to how far the band have come, with fans eagerly waiting outside the arena since the earliest hours of the morning.
Kicking off the show are Pvris who wasted no time before launching into ‘White Noise’ and ‘Fires’. Since releasing their debut album last year, the Massachusetts three piece have become one of the most talked about acts of the year. Performing an array of tracks from their debut release, Lynn Gunn’s vocals are raw and powerful, complimented brilliantly by the punchy guitar chords and deep synth melodies. Screaming out “Who’s house is this?” to which the audience scream back “My House!” on cue as the band flowed perfectly into 'My House' closing out the set.
Up next are Neck Deep, who are are certainly no strangers to performing in Cardiff. Right from the get-go, they hit the audience with their style of hardcore pop-punk, opening with ‘Citizens of the Earth’, before quickly delivering into fan favourite ‘Losing Teeth’. Powering through their back catalogue of hits and making sure to play a solid mixture of material from debut album Wishful Thinking as well as the anthems that fill up to Life’s Not Out to Get You. Completely owning the stage, their short performance is jam-packed with energy from the start to the end and demonstrate that the Wrexham quintet are destined for bigger things.
As the lights go down, screams and pockets of moshing instantly start as Bring Me The Horizon kick start their performance with the hard hitting ‘Doomed’ and ‘Happy Song’, causing passionate chants of 'S.P.I.R.I.T' to echo throughout the arena.
Sykes energy from the start was electrifying, consistently encouraging the crowd and fuelling their ambition to get loud and mosh-y. While tracks from new album That’s The Spirit, such as ‘True Friends’ and the heavier 'Throne', are brought to life in this live setting, though old favourites like ‘Chelsea Smile’ and ‘Blessed With a Curse’ are among the stand-outs. Their back catalogue songs are delivered in impressively raw fashion.
The production throughout the show is simply incredible. Stunning visuals in the background, smoke machines, blasts of pyro and confetti cannons, all add an extra element to this show and fully demonstrate the transition BMTH have made from playing academies to becoming an arena band.
After leaving the stage for a short encore, BMTH returned to conclude the show with ‘Drown’ as frontman Sykes instructs the crowd to surf over the barricade and give him a high five to which the audience lapped up. This tour may very well be the highlight of Bring Me The Horizon’s career to date but after witnessing what was delivered in Cardiff, there’s no telling what they are capable of doing in the future. A masterclass in British metal.