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Bring Me the Horizon: Cockpit, Leeds

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 3 April 2013

"'OW THE FUCK ARE WE FEELING, LEEDS?" asks Oli Sykes, frontman of Bring Me the Horizon, to roars of approval. His Sheffield quintet are leading the renaissance of British metal. This internet-streamed gig to promote their fifth album (and major label debut), Sempiternal, is part of an unusually intimate short tour: their previous English appearance was at London's vast Alexandra Palace. BMTH certainly appear very metal. Where early photos depict fresh-faced young men anyone could take home to meet their mums, they now boast tattoos on almost every exposed patch of skin. Hair is flailed, and Sykes's angry growl suggests either a deep-seated existential rage, or pesky bout of constipation.

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