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Compared to other bands, Bring Me the Horizon hasn’t been around for very long. Nonetheless, it is obvious that like any other band, this one from Sheffield, Yorkshire aspires to launch an international music merch invasion. The may be on the right track to it.

The band’s name isn’t an unfamiliar one. Fans of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, would recognize it as a cut from Captain Jack Sparrow’s line, “Now, bring me that horizon.” Despite their name being a bit whimsical, fans have come to expect only the best of metalcore from this young band.

Band Story and Albums Released

Three distinct periods define the history of Bring Me the Horizon. The first period spans 2004 to 2007 and marks the band’s formation and early years. The members of the group originated from different local bands. Members included Oliver Sykes on lead vocals; Matt Kean on bass guitar; Lee Malia on lead guitar; Matt Nicholls on percussion and drums and Curtis Ward on rhythm guitar. Ward later bowed out of the group and was replaced by Jona Weinhofen who eventually settled in as vocalist, keyboardist and programmer.

The debut album Count Your Blessings came out in 2006 in the United Kingdom. It took nearly a year for the album to come out in the United States. In 2007, the band participated in the Download Festival. They saw more action when they toured with such notable artists as Killswitch Engage, Lostprophets, I Killed the Prom Queen, The Haunted and The Blackout.

The second period consisted of line-up changes which happened from 2008 to 2009. Said change happened in March 2009 when Curtis Ward left the band and was then replaced by Jona Weinhofen in May 2009, albeit only on a temporary basis during the first two months. In July 2009, Weinhofen was officially declared as the newest member of the band.

Aside from band member changes, one other important development for the band was the release of their second Bring Me the Horizon album, Suicide Season. This was a bit unlike the milder first album. Fans consider it to definitely belong to the metalcore genre. It was so well received that it shot up to the 28th spot in the Australian ARIA Albums chart.

Near the end of 2009, the group released the remix version of their album under the title, Suicide Season: Cut Up! This version was a collaborative work among various individuals including Shawn Crahan, Ben Weinman and Sonny Moore. Hence, it features various musical elements including hip hop.

The band’s third phase is from last year to this year. It is expected to be punctuated by the summer 2010 release of the third Bring Me the Horizon album. This is one definite development that fans await.

Band Awards

The group has been recognized on several occasions for their music. The most notable recognitions for Bring Me the Horzion include the 2006 Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer, Rock Sound Best British Band and Best Album. Barely two years later though, music listeners seemed to have turned against the group voting it the Worst Band of 2008 in the Kerrang! Reader’s poll. Suicide Season was subsequently named the Worst Album.

Despite the mixed opinions, the band doesn’t seem to show signs of giving up. We’ll be sure to get a bit more of Bring Me the Horizon band posters in the months to come.

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