Bring Me The Horizon has been around the metalcore scene since the scene era took off in the mid-2000s. Now with six studio albums, two live albums, and too many collaborations to count under their belt, they are ready to go back into the scene by themselves.
“Strangers” does not fail to bring back the same sound that was brought to us in their commercial release “Post Human: Survival Horror.” With lyrics that hit deep within the soul and an instrumental hook that is impossible to ignore, there is no way anyone is going to want to skip this one.
Despite the catchy hook, it is hard to ignore how melancholy the lyrics are. For example: “Well, maybe I was just destined to disappear.” Bring Me the Horizon has always been known for their songs that touch on heavy subjects like this, and through the years they have been consistent with that theme. However, there is something in this song that hits differently when it comes to this release. Throughout the track, the lyrics are blunter in their meaning.
One lyric specifically that sticks out is this: “We dragged ourselves through hell and we’ll be damned if we go back.”
If just one meaning has to be pinned to this song, it would be about unity. Many are going through something when it comes to mental illness, and this song is saying that we are not alone in our struggles. Most likely there is someone in the same room as you going through something similar. This is an anthem for people whose brains may not function like the norm.
The musical aspect of this song is where it truly shines. It has the perfect mix of synth that fits more with the times and the thrashing metal vibes that would take many college students back to their emo phase, eyeliner and all. Talent comes through in the form of electric guitars, and those riffs are bound to be stuck with someone for days.
Some might say that Bring Me the Horizon has changed its sound since the scene days. Of course, when it comes to change, there are going to be a lot of differing opinions. When it comes to them, their sound went from deathcore to alternative metal. It is a good way to go, and many fans will agree, especially if they started listening around the time of “That’s The Spirit” or “Amo.”
This song has a lot of replay value, and it is without a doubt one of the better metalcore songs in the scene so far this year. With that being said, it is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. If you are into modern metalcore like me, then I would give this a listen or two.