That's the Spirit

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That's the Spirit
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Released11 September 2015
StudioBlack Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece
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Length45:00
Label
Producer
Bring Me the Horizon chronology
Live at Wembley
(2015)
That's the Spirit
(2015)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(2016)
Singles from That's the Spirit
  1. "Drown"
    Released: 21 October 2014
  2. "Happy Song"
    Released: 13 July 2015
  3. "Throne"
    Released: 23 July 2015
  4. "True Friends"
    Released: 20 November 2015
  5. "Follow You"
    Released: 26 February 2016
  6. "Avalanche"
    Released: 23 June 2016
  7. "Oh No"
    Released: 18 November 2016
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That's the Spirit is the fifth studio album by British rock band Bring Me the Horizon. The album was released on 11 September 2015, [1] and marks a departure from the group's metalcore roots, in favour of a less aggressive alternative rock and metal style.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Bring Me the Horizon British rock band

Bring Me the Horizon are an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 2004. The group consists of lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively in the United States.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

Contents

The album debuted at number one in Australia and Canada, number two in the UK Albums Chart, and the US Billboard 200. [2] [3] The album received universal acclaim from music critics.

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Background

The band started teasing the album in late June when the band started promoting images of a symbol of an umbrella, all in the form of tattoos, stickers and posters posted around England, which would later be revealed as a promotional symbol for the album's first single. [4] [5] The band later released a short video in early July where the words "That's the spirit" were spoken in reverse. [6] On 13 July, the band announced they had left their previous label Epitaph Records and signed fully with Sony Music subsidiaries RCA and Columbia. [7]

Epitaph Records American record label

Epitaph Records is an American independent record label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, most acts signed to the label were punk and pop punk acts, while there are many post-hardcore and emo bands signed to the label as well. A large portion of the record label, known as Hellcat Records, is owned by Tim Armstrong, frontman of the punk rock band Rancid. Several sister labels also exist, such as ANTI-, Burning Heart Records, Fat Possum Records, Hellcat Records, and Heart & Skull Records that have signed other types of bands.

Sony Music American record label

Sony Music Entertainment (SME), known as Sony Music, is an American global music conglomerate owned by Sony and incorporated as a general partnership of Sony Music Holdings Inc. through Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, which in turn is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sony Corporation. It was originally founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed as Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records, and Sony Corporation bought the company in 1988, renaming it under its current name in 1991. In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which transferred the businesses of Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group into one entity. However, in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake, and the company reverted to the SME name shortly after; the buyout allowed Sony to acquire all of BMG's labels, and led to the dissolution of BMG, which instead relaunched as BMG Rights Management.

RCA Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America. It is one of Sony Music's four flagship labels, alongside RCA's former long-time rival Columbia Records, Arista Records, and Epic Records. The label has released multiple genres of music, including pop, classical, rock, hip hop, electronic, R&B, blues, jazz, and country. Its name is derived from the initials of its defunct parent company, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). It was fully acquired by Bertelsmann in 1986, making it a part of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG); however, RCA Records became a part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, a merger between BMG and Sony Music, in 2004, and was acquired by the latter in 2008, after the dissolution of Sony BMG and the restructuring of Sony Music. It is the second oldest record label in American history, after sister label Columbia Records.

In an interview with NME , vocalist Oliver Sykes confirmed the album title being That's the Spirit while also mentioning several song titles as "True Friends", "Avalanche", "Throne" and "Blasphemy". [8]

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Oliver Sykes British musician

Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is an English musician, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and clothing designer, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing. Sykes has also created the graphic novel Raised by Raptors with Drop Dead Clothing artist Ben Ashton-Bell.

True Friends (song) 2015 song performed by Bring Me the Horizon

"True Friends" is a song by British rock band Bring Me the Horizon. Produced by keyboardist Jordan Fish and vocalist Oliver Sykes, it was featured on the band's 2015 fifth studio album That's the Spirit. The song was also released as the fourth single from the album on 20 November 2015, reaching number 91 on the UK Singles Chart and topping the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart.

Writing and recording

Keyboardist Jordan Fish played the role as producer for the album along with Sykes, considering an external producer unnecessary. The band also hired a personal fitness trainer during the album's recording process. [8] [9]

Composition

Influences, style and themes

In an interview with NME , Sykes said that the album is a loose concept album about life's darker moods, such as depression, and a way of making light of it. He cited the alternative rock bands Jane's Addiction, Panic! at the Disco, Interpol and Radiohead as influences for the new album. [8] Jon Wiederhorn of Rolling Stone stated that the album marks a change for Bring Me the Horizon from a sound "undeniably rooted in metal" to a "sound full of ebb-and-flow dynamics inspired by indie rock, alternative music and pop" in an "evolution from artsy metalcore to cinematic pop rock", and that it sounds more like Muse and Linkin Park than Metallica and Lamb of God. [10] Similarly, Daniel Furnari of Blunt Magazine suggested that "That's The Spirit sees Bring Me The Horizon push things further than ever with a collection of stadium-standard alt-rock anthems more suited to Glastonbury than Warped Tour ... For perhaps the first time, Bring Me The Horizon have produced a record with no throwbacks to the Suicide Season days of outrageous mosh calls and downtuned riff insanity." [11]

Concept album album with a theme

A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground.

Janes Addiction American rock band

Jane's Addiction is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1985. The band consists of vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.

Featuring characteristics of electronic music, [12] That's the Spirit has been considered electronic rock, [13] alternative rock [11] [14] [15] and alternative metal [16] [17] [18] arena rock, [19] and hard rock [20] album by several online platforms, such as AllMusic, Toronto Sun , and Blunt Magazine . Its style has also been described as pop rock by some music critics. [10] [15] [21] Sites such as The Guardian and St. Cloud Times have described it as nu metal. [22] [23]

Release and promotion

The band's first single released from the album before its announcement was "Drown" on 21 October 2014. The second single was "Happy Song", released on 12 July 2015. [24] The third was "Throne", which was accompanied with a music video and the official announcement of the album's track listing and cover art. [5] [25] [26] Fish explains that "Throne" reflects the group's then current state of mind both musically and emotionally, going to say that it was one of the most straight forward songs they had recorded, but felt that it was an obvious choice for a single due to its immediate catchy-ness and level of energy. [10] "True Friends", was released as a single on 22 August along an official lyric video. [27] [28] [29] It was also released in form of a limited edition 7" vinyl. [30] A music video for the track "Follow You" was premiered on 16 March 2016 via the band's Vevo channel. [31] It was co-directed by frontman Oliver Sykes and Frank Borin. [32] On 26 February 2016, it was also released as a single in the form of a limited edition 7" vinyl. [33] "Avalanche" was released as a single on 23 June 2016, being played in Radio 1's Big Weekend. A live music video was also premiered for the song. [34] [35] [36] "Oh No" was released as the final single from That's the Spirit on 18 November 2016 in a radio edit version. [37] Its music video was directed by Isaac Eastgate and premiered via Rolling Stone on 3 November 2016. [38] [39]

The band set up an intimate album launch performance on September 6, 2015 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and embarked on a tour throughout October 2015 in North America, which also featured American festivals such as Aftershock Festival and Knotfest and was supported by metal band Issues and rock band PVRIS. [40] [41] The band also played a European Tour in November 2015 [42]

Reception

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 88/100 [43]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [14]
Alternative Press Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [44]
Blunt Magazine Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [11]
DIY Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [45]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [22]
Impericon 90% [46]
Kerrang! Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [47]
Metal Hammer Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [48]
Rock Sound 10/10 [19]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [49]

Like the band's last two albums, That's the Spirit was met with critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic (a review aggregator site which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 from music critics), based on 10 critics, the album has received a score of 88/100, which indicates "universal acclaim". [43]

Daniel Furnari of Blunt Magazine wrote: "[On That's the Spirit,] Oli Sykes powers through every enormous chorus and infectious verse with a confidence and finesse that would have you believe he’s been singing like this for years." [11] Andy Biddulph of Rock Sound stated that the band sounded their most accomplished in the album, bursting with fresh ideas and says that no other band incorporates synth and atmospherics into music quite like the band does in this particular album, comparing the band to the likes of Linkin Park. [19] James Christopher Monger at AllMusic stated "What's most surprising is how natural it all feels, but that's due in large part to the long-form recalibration of the band's sound. By entering the mainstream one limb (album) at a time, Bring Me the Horizon are merely reaping what they've sown, and longtime fans should already feel acclimated to the water." In addition to Linkin Park, Monger compared the choruses from the album to Avenged Sevenfold, Thirty Seconds to Mars and late 1990's Metallica. [14]

Accolades

The album was ranked at number two in Alternative Press's "10 Essential Records of 2015" list. [50] Matt Crane of Alternative Press wrote that the album shows a "genuine evolution for the band." [50] He named "Happy Song" as providing the band "rock-radio potential" and "Throne" as "an aggressive, exotic take on the groove-based synth-rock" that was popularised by Linkin Park. [50] The album was included at number one on Rock Sound's top 50 releases of 2015 list. [51] That's the Spirit was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. [52]

PublicationAccoladeYearRank
NME NME's Albums of the Year 20152015
49 [53]

Commercial performance

On 14 September 2015, The Official Chart Update reported that That's the Spirit was on track to debut atop the UK Albums Chart, being just 1,000 copies ahead of Keep the Village Alive by the Stereophonics. [54] However, four days later, after one of the closest chart battles of 2015, Keep the Village Alive beat That's the Spirit to number one by a margin of less than 1,300 copies, denying Bring Me the Horizon their first ever chart-topper. [55]

The album also debuted at number one in Australia, giving the band their third consecutive number-one album there. That's the Spirit has sold 130,000 copies in the US as of February 2016. [56]

As of 2019 the album has hit over 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Oliver Sykes; all music composed by Bring Me the Horizon.

No.TitleLength
1."Doomed"4:34
2."Happy Song"3:59
3."Throne"3:11
4."True Friends"3:52
5."Follow You"3:51
6."What You Need"4:12
7."Avalanche"4:22
8."Run"3:42
9."Drown" (new version)3:42
10."Blasphemy"4:35
11."Oh No"5:01
Total length:45:00

Personnel

Charts and certifications

See also

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