The Reason Bad Omens’ Noah Sebastian Sounds Exactly Like Oli Sykes

Bihter Sevinc

When it comes to the music industry, it’s not uncommon for bands to be compared to each other, especially if they share similar styles or influences. One such comparison that has been drawn is between Bad Omens and Bring Me the Horizon. This comparison is due to Noah Sebastian’s scratchy, mid-to-high-pitch screaming style, which resembles Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes’ voice on their 2013 album, ‘Sempiternal.’

Bad Omens released their self-titled debut full-length album in 2016, receiving high praise from fans. However, this positive response was somewhat overshadowed by the persistent comparisons of their songs to Bring Me the Horizon’s ‘Sempiternal.’ Notably, one of the more striking instances of similarity can be found in Bad Omens’ track ‘Reprise (The Sound of the End),’ which shares instrumental and vocal structures with BMTH’s ‘Shadow Moses.’

Sebastian acknowledged the comparisons in a 2017 interview with New Noise Magazine, explaining his voice’s role in that, and said:

“I think my voice is a lot to blame, and that doesn’t offend me at all. I think my stance on it is that we share—I don’t know them personally, but I can tell through their content and taste that we share a lot of similar interests and influences.”

The singer then reflected on his admiration for BMTH’s branding of their band:

“From a marketing standpoint, they’ve branded their band in the same way I’ve always wanted to brand a band. It’s very cinematic and grand; it’s very rich and regal. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do because I love big spaces, electronic and atmospheric sounds. One of my favorite bands in the world is Deftones. Oh, and [frontman] Chino [Moreno] ‘s other band, Crosses; they almost beat Deftones for me.”

He lastly added, turning back to the comparisons:

“Again, with the comparison, my voice is to blame for it. I love Linkin Park, and I’ve always wanted to channel that really raw-pitched, screamy singing sound.”

Interestingly, these two bands prepare to share the same stage. In June 2023, it was announced that Bad Omens would support Bring Me the Horizon on their tour in January 2024. This collaboration presents an opportunity for fans to witness both bands’ styles and compare them. BMTH will be promoting their seventh album, ‘Post Human: Nex Gen,’ set to release on September 15, before embarking on their UK and Ireland tour with Bad Omens.

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