Bring Me The Horizon Surprise Release Of POST HUMAN: NeX GEn

May 27th, 2024

On May 24th, Bring Me The Horizon released their new album, POST HUMAN: NeX GEn via Columbia Records. The surprise highly-anticipated release is the latest chapter in the series to be revealed and sees the band expanding both musically and conceptually. It follows their 2020 POST HUMAN: Survival Horror – which featured collaborations with YUNGBLUD, Nova Twins, BABYMETAL and Evanescence’s Amy Lee.

The first part of the POST-HUMAN Series, Survival Horror was recorded during the first COVID lockdowns, almost entirely remotely, and leaned into the band’s heavy side to express its feelings of anger, fear, emptiness and despair. Of NeX GEn, singer Oli Sykes says that it’s searching for something more hopeful, if not entirely positive in and of itself. The music this time on already released singles from the new collection “Kool Aid,” “DiE4u,” “AmEN!” and “DArkSide” has an even more euphonic, post-hardcore-inflected stripe, while still bursting with the band’s unique, forward-thinking creativity. The surprise album release arrived with a new single “Top 10 staTues tHat CriEd bloOd.”  

Lead singer Oli Sykes says the album took “ages to write.” Partly, this is down to the band thinking that lockdown would last much longer than it did. When it lifted, they quickly found their schedules full with touring the world and headlining festivals such as Reading & Leeds (where they were joined by Ed Sheeran for their collaborative hit Bad Habits), hosting and headlining NEX FEST in Japan, Download Festival in the UK, Good Things in Australia and When We Were Young and Sick New World in Las Vegas. 

But it’s also down to the concept quickly growing into something bigger than its creators originally imagined. POST-HUMAN: Survival Horror became far more of an event than the band had envisioned upon release, and crafting its follow-up required much bigger thinking than first anticipated. 

There is so much to unwrap under the surface of the album for those who can spot it. “It’s a real concept album, with a full narrative that connects to the first record, but the concept is hidden and buried,” he says. “Some people aren’t going to be interested, but for some people it could be like a self-help book. There’s a lot of things in there, some of it’s quite clear, but a lot of it cryptic and hidden. People are gonna have to work it out.”