Bring Me the Horizon's Lee Malia Lifts the Veil on 'Amo,' Their Genre-Jumping New Album

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As they tour North America to support their sixth album, Amo, Sheffield, England, rockers Bring Me the Horizon are suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. On one level, the band that emerged from the Nineties deathcore scene with a mix of roaring vocals, atonal riffs and seismic breakdowns still wants to maintain some of their metal cred, which they recently demonstrated before a packed crowd at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. After opening with the swirling synth-pop number “I Apologize If You Feel Something,” the group kicked into “Mantra,” the first single from amo. The song, one of the heavier tracks on the album, sounded even more trenchant live as guitarist Lee Malia coaxed volleys of fuzzed-out riffs through his custom Epiphone and a Marshall 800.

The band followed the song with the anthemic “House of Wolves” from 2013’s Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon’s delicate foray out of metal and into arena rock. Since then, they’ve ramped up the melodies even further and turned down the gain. To their credit, they’ve also become more adventurous as songwriters, experimenting with a wide range of styles, including altrock, hard rock, electronic pop, hip-hop and EDM. There were lightweight moments during the New York performance, including the melancholy atmospherics of “Medicine,” that were greeted with indifference by fans of the heavy stuff. This indicates, perhaps, how carefully Bring Me the Horizon are walking a tightrope to retain fans from their musically chaotic past while attracting a new crowd with their more adventurous new material.

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Jon Wiederhorn

Jon is an author, journalist, and podcaster who recently wrote and hosted the first 12-episode season of the acclaimed Backstaged: The Devil in Metal, an exclusive from Diversion Podcasts/iHeart. He is also the primary author of the popular Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and the sole author of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends. In addition, he co-wrote I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax (with Scott Ian), Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen (with Al Jourgensen), and My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (with Roger Miret). Wiederhorn has worked on staff as an associate editor for Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Guitar Magazine, and senior writer for MTV News. His work has also appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly,, Revolver, Inked, and other publications and websites.