AOTY 2019

That's The Spirit

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2015 Ratings: #203 / 772
User Score
Based on 214 ratings
2015 Ratings: #466
September 11, 2015 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Alternative Press
Ambitious, grand, emotional and complex, it’s a record that demands the band be seen in a new light.
80
DIY
There’s no beating around the bush when it comes to their fifth effort: Bring Me The Horizon are no longer concerned with the expectations of a scene they’ve seemingly outgrown. This record is a set of huge songs that’ll cement their place at the top of rock’s ranks and so much more.
80
Exclaim!
Bring Me the Horizon have expanded in style and status to an alt-rock band for arenas — venues they've already started filling and will no doubt continue to.
80
AllMusic

Bring Me the Horizon's penchant for wallowing in social dystopia is tempered by their newfound proclivity for dabbling in big, unabashed pop pageantry.

80
Metal Hammer

Written off the back of that immense headline appearance, fifth album That’s The Spirit is the sound of a metal band writing arena-filling rock, firmly holding on to their identity but taking the biggest leap yet in their consistent album-by-album evolution.

80
Upset
Admittedly, there are times when Sykes’ lyricism trips up on itself, or when the band’s dedication to ditching needless breakdowns and heaviness leaves them treading water with little more than a slightly forgettable fuzz - that’s the beauty of ‘That’s The Spirit’, though.
70
NME
In 'That's The Spirit' the Sheffield band have crafted an album that should see them not just seated at rock's top table, but putting their feet up and getting comfortable.
60
The Guardian
If BMTH really do want to bring nu-metal back to life, this approach could be just the defibrillator they need.
50
Sputnikmusic

That's the Spirit is so content to flit away from excitement and into complacency it hurts; you almost want Bring Me the Horizon to trip up on their material, if only because then the element of excitement may come into play. It doesn't, and what we're left with is That's the Spirit, the most soundly generic rock album you'll hear this year.

j_cale23_
85
Bring Me the Horizon deliver their best album yet. Progressing from a terrible deathcore band to a kick-ass arena rock band, this band is one of the best examples of maturity in music.
MrMclainy
90
That’s The Spirit is what happens when alt/pop rock bands can’t get their shit together and a metalcore act has to show everyone how it’s done.
BuffaloStaple
10
start to finish, pure torture
liammenzies
78
For a bit of fun, I've decided to revisit my 2015 AOTY list and see how all the records on it have held up - there'll be some cringe and maybe some new found love but one thing is for sure, and that's that there will be words.

2015 me: Having not had a special affinity with the work of this yawkshi (or Yorkshire if you're no fun) outfit prior to the release of That's The Spirit, my expectations weren't awfully high. In all fairness, I was pretty in love with the single Doomed that came out as ... read more
SebastianWolf
55
As I enjoyed AMO more than I anticipated, I decided to visit some of BMTH's earlier work. That's The Spirit is at times a beautiful fusion of electro-pop and metalcore, but it is hindered by A LOT of flaws. I critiqued the lyrics on AMO, yet I see now that it was an improvement, for this is even worse. Sykes' vocals are also quite bad at times (especially on "True Friends"). It's easy to spot BMTH's potential, but it's even easier to spot their shortcomings..

Best lyric: "What ... read more
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Year End Lists

#4/Revolver
#42/Sputnikmusic
#49/NME

Track List

  1. Doomed
  2. Happy Song
  3. Throne
  4. True Friends
  5. Follow You
  6. What You Need
  7. Avalanche
  8. Run
  9. Drown
  10. Blasphemy
  11. Oh No
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