Bring Me The Horizon have dropped their new single ‘Parasite Eve’ and it’s an eerily accurate reflection of our times.
“Please remain calm/ the end has arrived,” states robotic feminine voice, echoing various apocalyptic sentiments throughout the song, such as the refrain “we cannot save you.” While the band have stated in interviews that the song was not inspired by the current Covid-19 pandemic, it explores themes regarding a bleak future for humanity and it’s hard to ignore the parallels.
Returning to a heavier sound after dabbling in different genres, notably on 2019’s #1 LP Amo, and EP Music to listen to~ dance to… ~GO TO, the Sheffield natives have reverted to a heavier sound. That’s not to say that ‘Parasite Eve’ doesn’t follow a genre-fluid approach, as a flurry of eclectic genres coexists.
Sounding like two different songs put together, quiet beat driven verses contrast with heavy guitars on the chorus. Increasing until the song reaches a crescendo with Sykes screeching his delivery of , “You can board up your windows, you can lock up your doors/ but you can’t keep washing your hands of this shit anymore,” echoing sentiments and themes on earlier records.
While not ground-breaking ‘Parasite Eve’ has all the beloved components to be a success. While most late noughties and early 2010s bands have faded into obscurity, BMTH has kept themselves relevant through consistent reinventions and musical experimentation, from metalcore to industrial to pop rock. With a number one album and festival headlines under their belts, BMTH are striving to cement their legacy amongst the UK’s rock giants.