U.K. deathcore band expands horizons

LISA WILTON - Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:35 AM ET

The picturesque surroundings of the Swedish countryside is the last place you'd expect to find a deathcore band thrashing out its latest album.

But for British metallers Bring Me the Horizon, it turned out to be the perfect location to record its new CD, Suicide Season.

"We were surrounded by lakes and trees and stuff so there was no distraction," says 22-year-old frontman Oli Sykes, during a tour stop in Boise, Idaho.

BMTH are currently on the road as part of this year's Taste of Chaos tour, which stops in at MacEwan Hall tonight.

"We just sat down and focused on the record," he continues.

"We all helped each other and we all came up with new ideas while we were recording. I think it came out ten times better than it would have if we'd recorded it somewhere else."

Sykes says the collective focus was welcome after the experience of recording their 2006 CD, Count Your Blessings, in the centre of Birmingham, England.

"The studio was right in the middle of the city," he recalls. "There were so many distractions. Everyone recorded their parts on their own because everybody else was doing something else because we didn't want to sit in the studio all day."

The band's concentration in the studio this time around made it easier for BMTH to experiment with their songwriting and expand their sound.

"We just decided we wanted to do something different," he explains. "We didn't really have any other band we wanted to sound like or or any other style. We just thought we'd try to do something different and see what comes out. And this is what came out."

Although England has produced some of the most successful metal bands of all time -- Iron Maiden , Motorhead, Judas Priest for example -- as well as such extreme metal acts as Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death, the genre very seldom hits the mainstream charts in the U.K.

Suicide Season's unrelenting pace and dark subject matter is far different from the anthemic rock and dance pop that is popular with British listeners, and Sykes admits North American audiences tend to be more open to their heavy sound.

"I think our music is a bit more accepted here than in England," he says. "You can be a huge metal band over here, which is great. Lamb of God just got to number two over here, didn't they? It's awesome that you can be in a really heavy band over here and get that much success."

BMTH joins the Cancer Bats, Four Year Strong, Pierce the Veil and Thursday on the Taste of Chaos tour. Tickets are $27.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.


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