Bring Me the Horizon’s frontman, Oliver Sykes, is metalcore’s screaming answer to Justin Bieber. Boyish looks aside, this British band makes music that comes from more than youth angst and metal roots. “Our sound is a mix between classic rock, classical, electronica, everything,” Sykes says. “Just calling it metal doesn’t do it any justice.” They’ll have their say with a new album— There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret—dropping this month.
Bring Me the Horizon just finished up their second stint on the Warped Tour. “It’s amazing, it’s our favorite tour,” Sykes says. “Every night there are parties and the other bands are amazing. Life is good—nothing to complain about really, apart from the fact that our bodies are starting to feel it.”
His first tattoo? “A bunch of really shitty hearts on my stomach that’s now covered up by an eagle.” And the artwork grew from there. The lead singer has two full sleeves, and his chest and neck are almost entirely covered. “My right sleeve was done by a longtime friend. I just go back to her every few months and she just does bits and pieces,” he says. Sykes’s most recent artwork was done on the Warped Tour. “I had my girlfriend’s initials tattooed on my hand. We were really drunk. I’ve also got mum and dad on my hand. I didn’t want to leave my brother out, so now I have to get a tattoo for my brother and I’ll have the whole family.” Sykes also has the name of his clothing line, Drop Dead, inked across his knuckles. And he shares a tattoo with the rest of Bring Me the Horizon’s members, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nichols, and Jona Weinhofen. “We all had LOL tattooed inside our lips,” he says. And during the act of getting the tattoos? “Yeah, we really laughed out loud.”