Release Date: Oct 30, 2020
Record label: RCA
For years, Bring Me The Horizon have captured the zeitgeist in a way that allows for relish in the ever stewing, turmoil of society. "The sky is falling / it's fucking boring / I'm going crazy / isolating", reads the chorus of "Dear Diary"; documenting the drastic shifts in mental well-being many of us experienced during the early days of lockdown. "Parasite Eve" takes us a month or so later, where the desperate realisation that we may never learn from this; "When we forget the infection / will we remember the lesson?", hangs in the air.
With the (hopefully temporary) death of live music in 2020, bands have been hitting the studio hard, and listeners have started getting inundated with new material from artists whose tour cycles should have occupied them for years to come. Hell, COVID-19 has done what a full decade of fan pressure couldn't and got Rammstein and potentially even Tool recording music again, and their last record dropped in 2019 (which is actually just last year). 2019 also saw the release of Bring Me the Horizon's first UK number one album, 'amo', a record that was divisive even by their audience-splitting standards.