The UK's musical masterminds Bring Me The Horizon have had an impressive 2019 to say the least. The five-piece metal collective from Sheffield, England, released their sixth studio album, amo, to critical and commercial success earlier in the year, gaining the band their first No. 1 album in the UK.
Last week Bring Me The Horizon released "Ludens," the group's first new song since their January release of amo. The new single was written for the soundtrack of Kojima Production's latest video game, Death Stranding, released 8 November on PS4.
Frontman Oliver Sykes was recently interviewed by NME and discussed his love for video games, as well as the lyrics and imagery featured in “Ludens.”
“It doesn’t sound like anything off ‘amo’ but it doesn’t sound like anything off of any of our records,” said Sykes. “It hits a different tone. We had to write it in five days. We’ve been talking about this with Sony and Kojima for quite awhile. I was really excited because I loved Metal Gear Solid and Kojima is just my favourite developer, he’s a legend.”
Sykes went on to say:
“I wanted it to be connected to the video game, but I didn’t want to sing directly about that. I looked at Kojima’s whole ethos, went on his website, and as it was loading it came up with this thing that said, ‘We’re not homosapiens, we’re homoludens.’ It’s Latin for ‘player’ and it’s all about how he believes that our creativity is our greatest asset and the biggest hope for mankind. It said something along the lines that even if all flowers die and the world is at an endpoint, there would still be hope if there were humans on the planet because we find ways to adapt.”
The band blended their own heavy metal imagery, along with imagery from the game to create one of this year’s most visually stunning music videos.