See Photos of Bring Me the Horizon’s Oli Sykes Through the Years

It’s not often that a 17-year-old forms a band that goes on to become a household name, but Oli Sykes did it when he started Bring Me the Horizon in 2004.

Sykes was born on Nov. 20, 1986 in a town in Kent, England called Ashford. He played in a couple of bands in high school before founding Bring Me the Horizon, signing with the label Thirty Days of Night Records for BMTH’s first EP, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, as noted in Drowned in Sound. 

Sykes has noted Pantera and the Misfits‘ influence on him, among other bands, but none were as profound as Linkin Park and Chester Bennington. “I know we’ve lost a lot of great artists over the years, but no-one had the impact and influence on my life that he did. Him as a vocalist and his band are genuinely responsible for the path I chose in life.” he told Kerrang! after the singer died in 2017.

Bring Me the Horizon have gone through varying periods throughout their career. They’ve been both praised and ridiculed, but ultimately emerged triumphant after experimenting with different sounds and genres while growing a massively loyal fanbase. The impact Sykes and the band have had on modern heavy music is undeniable.

Explore the gallery below to see photos of Oli Sykes through the years.

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WATCH: Bring Me the Horizon Singer Defends Antifa in New Mini-Doc

Bring Me the Horizon singer Oli Sykes goes to bat for the anti-fascist movement colloquially known as antifa and conservationist groups such as Extinction Rebellion in a new mini-documentary exploring the creation of the band’s latest release, Post Human: Survival Horror.

The musician broaches the topic while addressing the thematic thrust behind the song “Kingslayer,” a Survival Horror track that features kawaii metal icons Babymetal. And while Sykes is a citizen of the U.K., he undoubtedly had some U.S.-related issues on his mind when he penned the lyrics for the cut.

Watch the full 13-minute Bring Me the Horizon mini-doc down toward the bottom of this post. The section in question, with Sykes discussing the meaning of “Kingslayer,” begins at around the 7 minute and 40 second mark.

“‘Kingslayer’ is like, even though [the title is] just taken from Call of Duty, it was just a word I applied to a meaning,” Sykes explains. “And that meaning is to be someone who does what’s right even if it’s illegal in the eyes of the law, or even if it’s not socially acceptable. If you know it’s right and you do it, no matter what, it’s like you’re a king slayer.”

He continues, “I think in a time where Donald Trump is trying to deem antifa terrorists, [it] makes him openly admit that he’s a fascist by saying that anti-fascist groups are terrorists. Things like Extinction Rebellion being classed as a terrorist organization, these are people that are trying to save the world, and they’re deemed as terrorist.”

The remainder of the mini-doc goes into the meanings behind the other songs on Survival Horror, and the film includes related conversations with Sykes’ Bring Me the Horizon bandmates. But it’s the frontman’s words regarding “Kingslayer” that stick out as some of the most urgent.

Sykes adds, “If you know something’s wrong and you’re brave enough to step aside and go, ‘I’m not into this, I won’t stand for it and I won’t take it.’ Even if it’s what everyone else is saying’s right, that’s what a ‘Kingslayer’ is.”

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BMTH’s Oli Sykes Has Idea to ‘Remove the Ego’ From Live Shows

The pandemic has provided its fair share of challenges for touring bands and will likely continue to do so once the return to live shows takes place. Speaking about how shows might return, Bring Me the Horizon‘s Oli Sykes reveals some out-of-the-box thinking could potentially provide a way to “remove the ego” from live shows, something he feels will help enhance the communal connection with the crowd.

“It would be cool to change how shows work and trying to think outside of the box to do stuff that has less ego in it, as well as less resources. At first, it’ll just be about getting back to basics,” says Sykes to NME.

Expanding upon his idea, he tells the music mag that he envisions touring with a lineup where no one is headlining and everyone shares the same level of production and the same spotlight.

“I’m riffing, but it would be somewhere where not every band has to take five trucks all around Europe and America,” he said. “We’d bring the resources right down and take out the bullshit. There’s so much bullshit in writing music that just takes the focus out of what it’s actually about. It’s about the music, the fans, connection and that cathartic experience – it doesn’t fucking matter who’s playing last or has sold the most records.”

The singer concluded, “It might be a pie in the sky idea, but it would be cool to change the mould a little bit.”

At present, Bring Me the Horizon just released their Post Human: Survival Horror album, and he’s trying to roll with the punches where touring is concerned. “I’m in a very fortunate position where our band’s doing really well despite not being able to tour,” said the singer. We’re putting music out, people are listening to it, I’m here doing interviews and getting to connect with people. It’s just about trying to be thankful for what you’ve got.”

Bring Me the Horizon’s Post Human: Survival Horror is out now and available at this location. (As Amazon affiliates, we earn on qualifying purchases)

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