Sleepwalking (Bring Me the Horizon song)

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Single by Bring Me the Horizon
from the album Sempiternal
Released 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01)
Length 3:50
Producer(s) Terry Date
Bring Me the Horizon singles chronology
"Shadow Moses"
"Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake"
Music video
"Sleepwalking" on YouTube
Sempiternal track listing
"Empire (Let Them Sing)"
"Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake"

"Sleepwalking" is a song by the British rock band Bring Me the Horizon. Written by the band's vocalist Oliver Sykes, the guitarist Lee Malia and the keyboardist Jordan Fish, it was produced by Terry Date and appeared on the band's fourth studio album Sempiternal, released in 2013. The song was released as the second single from the album on 1 March 2013, reaching number three on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Sleepwalking" has been noted by many commentators for its notably more mellow tone compared to Bring Me the Horizon's previous material previous. Spencer Kaufman of Loudwire, for example, noted that the song "showcases [the band's] more melodic side", praising the "beautiful bridge in the middle of the track".[1] Similarly, the ticket merchant AXS claimed that the song "showcased that [Bring Me the Horizon] could write more poppy songs that still maintained the aggressive style they have been known for",[2] while Mike Hohnen of Music Feeds explained that the track "[hones] in on a far more mellow, ambient vibe".[3] Speaking in a track-by-track overview of Sempiternal with Metal Hammer, the vocalist Oliver Sykes described "Sleepwalking" as "one of the more commercial songs on the record" and "one of [the band's] best-written songs".[4]

According to Loudwire's Sarai C., "Sleepwalking" begins "with an electronic melody which evolves into a powerful minor chord progression, paired with Sykes' perfectly executed vocals", and also features some nu metal influence.[5] Hohnen of Music Feeds noted that the track features a "dominant role" for keyboards, accompanied by irregular drum patterns.[3] Gregory Adams of Exclaim! proposed that the style of the song "heads towards an electronics-assisted, Linkin Park-ish melancholia".[6] Bram Teitelman of Metal Insider also compared the song's style to that of Linkin Park, criticising its lack of "heaviness" to some extent.[7]

Promotion and release[edit]

"Sleepwalking" was released as a digital download on 1 March 2013,[8] and was later released on 10" picture disc for Record Store Day in April.[9] The song was featured as BBC Radio 1's "Hottest Record" on 28 February 2013.[10] In addition to Sempiternal, the song was also featured on the band's debut live video album, 2015's Live at Wembley,[11] as well as their second, 2016's Live at the Royal Albert Hall.[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Sleepwalking" was released on 4 March 2013.[13] Directed by A Nice Idea Every Day and Richard Sidwell,[14] it depicts a sleepwalker "[traversing] wintery landscapes and a seagull-infested dock whilst in the land of nod", while Bring Me the Horizon "perform the somnambulist-inspired tune for a bunch of depressed pint-sippers in a pub".[6] In the video, Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes is seen wearing a T-shirt featuring the logo of American death metal band Death.[7]



"Sleepwalking" debuted at number four on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart on 10 March 2013,[15] before rising to its peak position of number three the following week.[16] The song also reached number 122 on the UK Singles Chart.[17] Outside of the UK, "Sleepwalking" reached number 14 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[18]


"Sleepwalking" received praise from the majority of music critics. Dan Slessor of Alternative Press identified the song, in addition to "Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake" and "Seen It All Before" as a highlight of Sempiternal.[19] BBC Music's Mike Diver proposed that "Sleepwalking" and opening track "Can You Feel My Heart" introduce "new, synthetic textures to the forefront of" the band's sound.[20] Reviewing Sempiternal for PopMatters, Dean Brown praised the addition of Jordan Fish's keyboards to the band's sound, particularly on "Sleepwalking" and "And the Snakes Start to Sing", which he claimed "splash[ed] colour" onto the songs' "sparse sections".[21]

In a list of the best Bring Me the Horizon songs published in May 2014, Sarai C. of the music website Loudwire ranked "Sleepwalking" as the band's third best track. The writer claimed that "it shows the outstanding musicianship that [the band] have developed", praising its electronic melody, chord progression and vocal performance.[5] Alternative Press also ranked it at number three on their list of the group's top songs, hailing it as "a master class on how to write a song that will dominate rock radio without sacrificing any of your band's personality". Writer Dan Slessor claimed that it features "perhaps the most rousing chorus in [the band's] catalog, a stuttering breakdown ... a sublime bridge ... [and a] gigantic climax".[22] AXS also included the song at #5 on its list of the band's best tracks,[2] while Metal Hammer writer Luke Morton ranked it the seventh best, praising its accessible and anthemic nature.[23]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Sleepwalking" 3:50
Total length: 3:50
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Sleepwalking" 3:50
2. "Sleepwalking" (instrumental) 3:50
Total length: 7:40

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[17] 122
UK Rock & Metal Singles (OCC)[16] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[18] 14


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  2. ^ a b Harris, Rey (3 May 2015). "Bring Me The Horizon's 10 best songs". AXS. Anschutz Entertainment Group. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Hohnen, Mike (5 March 2013). "Watch: Bring Me The Horizon Reveal New Clip For 'Sleepwalking'". Music Feeds. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Alderslade, Merlin (14 February 2013). "Bring Me The Horizon's Full Track-By-Track Guide To 'Sempiternal'". Metal Hammer. Future plc. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Sarai C. (10 May 2014). "10 Best Bring Me The Horizon Songs". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Adams, Gregory (4 March 2013). "Bring Me the Horizon "Sleepwalking" (video)". Exclaim!. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Teitelman, Bram (4 March 2013). "Bring Me The Horizon Debut "Sleepwalking" Video". Metal Insider. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sleepwalking - Single by Bring Me the Horizon". iTunes. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon/Record Store Day - Sleepwalking". Banquet Records. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Stephens, Huw (28 February 2013). "Hottest Record - Bring Me The Horizon - Sleepwalking". BBC. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Live at the SSE Wembley Arena - Bring Me the Horizon: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Childers, Chad (24 April 2016). "Bring Me the Horizon Welcome Orchestra for London's Royal Albert Hall Show". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bring Me The Horizon: 'Sleepwalking' Video Released". 4 March 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sleepwalking - Bring Me the Horizon". Vevo. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "10 March 2013 - 16 March 2013". Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "17 March 2013 - 23 March 2013". Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "17 March 2013 – 23 March 2013". Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40 Archive. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Mainstream Rock Songs: Bring Me the Horizon Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  19. ^ Slessor, Dan (4 March 2013). "Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal". Alternative Press. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "Review of Bring Me the Horizon - Sempiternal". BBC Music. BBC. 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Brown, Dean (31 March 2013). "Bring Me the Horizon: Sempiternal". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  22. ^ Slessor, Dan (30 May 2015). "The 10 best Bring Me the Horizon songs". Alternative Press. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Morton, Luke (8 July 2016). "The Top 10 best Bring Me The Horizon songs". Metal Hammer. TeamRock. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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