- Tiana Speter
SINGLE REVIEW: Parasite Eve (BRING ME THE HORIZON)
SINGLE Parasite Eve // ARTIST Bring Me The Horizon
Bring Me The Horizon manifest the current state of the world into a futuristic sonic fortress with their new track Parasite Eve dabbling in cinematic flourishes and 8-bit verve that readily reflects its gaming namesake alongside a timely return for ruminating riffage.
From previously and quite publicly stating they may never record an album again, Bring Me The Horizon fans have been eagerly poised ready for the quintet to emerge from their creative chrysalis since the group began teasing what would turn out to be Parasite Eve a few weeks ago. And whether you're a fan of this Sheffield lot's strident dedication to sonic evolution or not, it's on Parasite Eve that we not only catch a glimpse at the Black Mirror-esque reality we collectively seem to be barreling into, but also a continuation from the group's 2019 outing Ludens from the Death Stranding soundtrack.
Garnished with sci-fi tones, electronic glitches and some tantalising riffage, Parasite Eve eerily reflects the unrest and unease of the recent isolation and virus period faced on a global scale. And with a dramatic intro stripped straight from the Bulgarian folk song Ergen Deda, the oscillation between menacing gravitas and robotic interruptions primes this track more than ready to pair up with any survival video game - and little wonder, with the track directly referencing the title of a 90s Japanese survival horror RPG.
"Parasite Eve came from an idea to write a survival horror song, but as the pandemic started to develop, the parallels were so similar it felt so close to the bone we decided to shelve it. As time went on, we started to feel how relevant it was and that instead of shying from it, that we should address the dark side, embrace it and process what’s going on… Parasite Eve is our message of hope, wrapped in sadness and anger.” - Oli Sykes, frontman
While Parasite Eve may have initially started life before the COVID pandemic ruptured normality, it's ultimately a fitting extension from a band who never fear ducking beyond expectations and embracing mainstream appeal to their underground roots. And marking the first track from a series of EPs that will drop over the coming months, featuring production by Sykes and legendary video game composer Mick Gordon, Bring Me The Horizon aren't taking this pandemic lying down. The future may be cloudy, but BMTH have got your covered.
THE BRAND NEW TUNE PARASITE EVE FROM BRING ME THE HORIZON IS OUT IN THE WORLD NOW VIA ALL THE USUAL STREAMING SUSPECTS.
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BY TIANA SPETER