Wonderful Life (Bring Me the Horizon song)
"Wonderful Life" is a song by British rock band Bring Me the Horizon featuring Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth. Produced by the band's vocalist Oliver Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish, it is featured on the group's 2019 sixth studio album Amo. The track was released as the second single from the album on 21 October 2018.
|Single by Bring Me the Horizon featuring Dani Filth|
|from the album Amo|
|Released||21 October 2018|
|Bring Me the Horizon singles chronology|
Composition and lyricsEdit
"Wonderful Life" has been described as a nu metal and hard rock song. The song shows a troubled narrator barely holding on to life but constantly referring to it as wonderful. The narrator, who seems to hold a dark and depressing view of the world around him, still enjoys the mundane and often gloomy aspects of everydayness. Sykes said of the song's lyrics:
"The lyrics for 'Wonderful Life' were done freestyle in the studio. It's stream of consciousness-type stuff about getting old and out of touch, being off tour and loving the mundane things in life, I guess because it's so novel when your life is mainly spent on the road. Things like weekly shops and mowing your lawn are quite nice. People who spend most of their lives away from home can surely relate. I guess on top of that there's this inner crisis I have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again… But, yeah, all in all, it's mostly word vomit... but also some of my favourite lyrics. The beginning is 100 percent legit and the irony was just too good, so we left it like that."
Promotion and releaseEdit
The track was teased by Oliver Sykes on an Instagram live stream. After searching the tease on Shazam, fans discovered the name for the leaked song as "WONDERFUL LIFE" featuring Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth as a guest. After it, Sykes posted a video on his Instagram account announcing the "Wonderful Life" release date to be Sunday, 21, on Radio 1.
The music video for "Wonderful Life" was released on the same day as the single was streamed. Directed by Theo Watkins, the video shows clips of the band doing everyday, mundane things. Dani Filth is seen wearing heavy corpse paint and sci-fi-esque stage clothing while eating cereal and shopping at the supermarket. Jordan Fish is shown entertaining his son with a stuffed toy, Oliver Sykes is shown being ordered to do chores by a middle-aged man (presumably his dad) and sitting on the sofa with a dog. Matt Kean is shown running up a hill, Lee Malia is seen washing a camper van, Jordan Fish is shown pushing a child on a swing, and Matt Nicholls eating a blackberry.
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||30|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||83|
|UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)||8|
|US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)||33|
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They sought out a known rock heavyweight in Dani Filth to lend vocals to “wonderful life”, a nu-metal anti-party party bop that feels like the spiritual sister of "Happy Song".
- "Fan covers Bring Me The Horizon's 'Medicine' in their old-school metal style". Retrieved 11 January 2019.
‘Medicine’ leans towards the band’s more pop and electronic side, rather than the hard rock edge of previous singles ‘Mantra‘ and ‘Wonderful Life‘ or their metalcore roots.
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- "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
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