Britain’s top metalcore prospects establish themselves as one of the big-boys with a stunning fourth album. Prepare for pits, prepare for carnage, prepare for Earthbound.
It was not too long ago that Bury Tomorrow were facing complete capitulation. In 2011 their U.S label, Artery Records, proceeded to deal them a stinging blow by dropping them in America, Japan and on their overseas agency. The band had refused to bow to pleas for them to use electronic elements in their music, a basic and mostly awful staple of the genre in the states. Low on cash and confidence the band were poison to the scene. No one would touch them, tour with them or sign them. They were very much convinced that their appearance at Ghostfest in 2011 could be their last.
Fortunately this Southampton quintet are made of much sterner stuff. Since their impending demise, they have released a further three records – including this latest, and possibly greatest, offering.
Earthbound, described by frontman Dani Winter-Baytes as ‘much darker’ than previous offerings, is a record that thoroughly epitomises everything Bury Tomorrow have ever been and are striving to achieve. From the incendiary grenade that is The Eternal to its explosive finish Bloodline, the record pulses with raw, untamed energy and brutality. To be heavy and yet unique in your sound is a target that so many musicians in this genre fail hit. In the case of Bury Tomorrow it is achieved with apparent ease.
The lyrics are as metaphorical and as cathartic as ever, with the screams of ‘When the light of day fades, my soul will drift away and I promise you I’ll meet you at the gates’ echoing with a beautiful resonance well after the track Last light ends. The penmanship of Dani is matched only by the vicious nature of the crunching riffs that establish each song like a flag in the ground of a conquered nation. Songs like Memories and Cemetery are driven by the bulldozing thuggery of these riffs that not only add heavy and the raw elements into the mix but, combined with the breath taking melodies, threaten to produce an entire separate gravitational pull for each track. These songs are big, they are massive, they are statements and it’s a huge testament to the band that they’ve managed to make such a big step up with their song writing.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Bury Tomorrow album if the excellence and sheer quality of guitarist Jason Cameron’s clean vocals were not brought to prominence. With a scything baritone that has always dazzled any musical score it graces, Cameron is simply getting better and better. Single Last Light presents a listener with the perfect showcase of the vocal talent he possesses, something only enhanced when he is able to harmonise with Baytes impressive high pitched growls on its thunderous chorus. This is truly metalcore at its best.
If Bury Tomorrow’s new album can say anything it’s that sticking to what you believe isn’t always easy but will, eventually, reap reward. In a world of slick, rounded and polished metalcore and electronically soiled heavy music, Bury Tomorrow have carved out their own very raw, very harsh and very unique enclave.
Expect big things and expect them to head the way of this band.
Best Lyrics: “amongst the old bones is where I call my home, stories from the headstones.” (from ‘Cemetery’)
In One Line: Resounding proof of British metalcore’s rude health.
Bury Tomorrow will support Parkway Drive on their UK tour next month.