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Interview:
British headbangers Bring Me The Horizon felt pressure to be good on latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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British headbangers Bring Me The Horizon felt a certain sense of mission while making their latest album, 2010’s “There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret.” And it wasn’t just to come up with as many words as it could for the title.



“We knew we were going to have to do something good because our last album, (2008’s) ‘Suicide Season,’ got a bit of critical acclaim when we put it out,” explains drummer Matt Nicholls. “People were like, ‘Oh, this band might be pretty good,’ so we knew we had to write something just as good or better.



“And I think we did all right.”



That would be an understatement. “There is a Hell ... ” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart as well as No. 13 in the quintet’s homeland and No. 1 in Australia. The album was started at an old mansion in Scotland, again with “Suicide Season” producer Fredrik Nordstrom, and Nicholls, 25, says the setting helped the group focus on the task at hand.



“We wanted to be away from everything because we didn’t think we’d get much writing done being at home with distractions and friends everywhere,” the drummer recalls. “It was a nice house — pretty creepy and old and (stuff), and it was a nice area apart from the rain and the snow. It was very scenic — mountains and lochs and stuff, forests.



“I think that helped with our writing process. We could write at any time, whenever we had something to work on. That was really very nice.”



Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Architects, Deez Nuts and While She Sleeps perform Thursday at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $25. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.



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