Photos by Dhruv Kumar
English rockers Bring Me The Horizon brought their ongoing ‘First Love’ tour, in support of their just released sixth record titled amo, to New York City for huge back-to-back gatherings at Hammerstein Ballroom this past Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan 29-30). Along with thousands of fans, we braved through the cold weather for night one of the band’s two-night stand, which they kicked off with a pair of brand new songs, intro “I Apologise If You Feel Something” and the Grammy-nominated catchy track “Mantra,” which instantly sent the multi-level venue into an uproar.
One can say Bring Me The Horizon have received very mixed feelings regarding their new experimental effort, which borrows elements from electro-rock, pop, synth and even EDM, marking a huge departure from their metal/deathcore roots. Though, fans were all on the same page on Tuesday night, as the crowd went wild during fresh numbers like the hard rocking “Wonderful Life” (which features Cradle of Filth‘s Dani Filth), the dance-inducing “Nihilist Blues” (ft. musician Grimes), and the electronic “Medicine.”
The crowd’s energy went into overdrive once BMTH pulled out their heavier material, like “The House of Wolves,” plus super popular tracks “Sleepwalking” and “Shadow Moses” from their fourth full-length, Sempiternal. The gang also performed “Can You Feel My Heart” and “Antivist” from said 2013 release. Aside from a medley featuring old-school tracks “The Comedown,” “(I Used to Make Out With) Medusa,” “Diamonds Aren’t Forever,” and “Re: They Have No Reflections,” the night’s set leaned mostly on their newer material, with songs like “Avalanche,” “Happy Song,” “Follow You,” closer “Throne,” and more from 2015’s insanely well-received That’s the Spirit rounding out the evening.
Legendary California-based post-hardcore/alt-rock act Thrice provided direct support, taking NYC on a melodic ride filled with tunes from their latest effort, Palms, with singles “Only Us,” “Hold Up a Light,” and “The Grey” being blasted through the ballroom’s monstrous PA. Favorites like “Of Dust and Nations,” “Black Honey,” and “The Earth Will Shake” had the crowd elated and singing along to every note.
The concert kicked off with an intense performance from newcomers Fever 333, led by former Letlive vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, whose energy encompasses the fury of Rage Against the Machine‘s Zack de la Rocha and the fire of the late, great Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. The band churned out fierce anthems from their brand new LP, Strength in Numb333rs, and last year’s EP, Made an America, while getting up close and personal with fans, including those on the second floor balcony.
The U.S. leg of the ‘First Love’ tour is set to run through February in Las Vegas — all upcoming dates can be viewed HERE.
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Bring Me The Horizon Hammerstein Ballroom NYC January 29, 2019 setlist (via):
01. I Apologise If You Feel Something
03. The House of Wolves
06. Wonderful Life
07. Shadow Moses
08. Nihilist Blues
09. Happy Song
10. Can You Feel My Heart
11. Follow You
14 Drown (acoustic)
16. The Comedown / (I Used to Make Out With) Medusa / Diamonds Aren’t Forever / Re: They Have No Reflections
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