Riff Police! Pull Over! #74: Bring Me The Horizon Vs As I Lay Dying!

For a decade from their 2004 debut EP “This Is What The Edge Of The Seat Was Made For” to the end of the “Sempiternal” tour cycle in 2014, there is little doubt that vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarists Lee Malia and Curtis Ward (later replaced by Jona Wienhofen of I Killed The Prom Queen and Bleeding Through fame) bassist Matt Kean and drummer Matt Nicholls otherwise knows as Bring Me The Horizon, were a Metal band. Their first pair of releases where of the Deathcore style before they shifted to are more Metalcore orientation with electronics… But you know all this. After that we lost interest. It wasn’t Metal anymore. Their debut full length “Count Your Blessings” was recorded in Birmingham with Dan Sprigg (Cradle of Filth, Napalm Death) and released in October 2006. Matt Nicholls said that on Count Your Blessings, Bring Me the Horizon “were influenced a lot by Swedish Metal – At The Gates and stuff like that.” but we’ve spotted another influence. Around the 3:50 point of “I Used To Make Out With (Medusa)” fans of San Diego California Metalcore band As I Lay Dying may recognise a riff. That would be the opening riff of “Through Struggle” from the bands 2005 critically acclaimed third studio album “Shadows Are Security”. Influenced? No doubt. As of 2007 it had shipped 275k copies.

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