Sheffield, U.K.-based rock chameleons Bring Me the Horizon have finally released their new single “Parasite Eve,” which they’ve been teasing for a while now and were compelled to delay due to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, from which the band did not want to distract. Oli Sykes and Co. have been working on their next record since shortly before the coronavirus lockdown went into affect, and they’ve been chronicling the process online with a slew of insightful and entertaining videos. “Parasite Eve” was one of the first songs to emerge from the sessions. As revealed in the tenth studio update, the band has collaborated with DOOM Eternal composer Mick Gordon — DOOM being one of Sykes’ favorite video to play in quarantine.
“As I was playing it, I absolutely fell in love with the soundtrack,” he explained. “It’s fucking crazy, it’s heavy as fuck … At first, when we were writing ‘Parasite Eve’ especially, I was referencing a lot of this DOOM game. I was playing it during the day and then me and Jordan [Fish, keyboardist and producer] would work at night using it as a reference because the sounds in there sound so huge and so hitting in a way I haven’t heard.”
In the same video, Sykes reaffirmed his prior comments that the next release would lean into a much heavier direction than both of last year’s wide-ranging rock effort amo and the decidedly experimental Music to… “For the songs we are working on for this new record, we knew that they were going to be a bit more aggressive in nature,” he said. “This first record is very much a protest record. It’s trying to capture the anger, sadness, frustration, fear, paranoia and everything I think we are all collectively going through right now.” True to his statements, “Parasite Eve” hits hard — check it out below.