Release Date: 03/07/2020
Record Label: Music For Nations/ Sony
For Fans Of: Bleed From Within, Architects, Parkway Drive
Bury Tomorrow have shown themselves to be possibly the most consistent band in British metalcore in the last ten years. With 2018’s Black Flame it felt like the band finally received the attention and praise they deserved by releasing a record full of huge choruses and even more brutal beatdowns which propelled them to even loftier heights and firmly established them as one of the top bands in the scene. Never a band to sit back and admire their handywork, just two years later Bury Tomorrow are looking to further tighten their grip on their place with their sixth album, Cannibal.
As you might expect from one of the most reliable acts around, Cannibal picks up exactly where Black Flame left off, bringing the same anthemic choruses and swelling lead lines on the likes of ‘Better Below’ and the title track. Bury Tomorrow have now firmly found where their strengths lie and this record sees them doubling down on what made the last album such a success but this time with slightly more emphasis placed on atmosphere through the use of more synthy and electronic sounds on ‘Quake’ and ‘Gods and The Machine’. Once again the influence of Parkway Drive’s Ire and Reverance can be heard all over this record with its combination of classic, soaring guitar sounds and lead lines with the typically ‘core’ beatdowns. A crucial difference which marks out Bury Tomorrow however is that the pace rarely drops and there is a direct driving force which fills songs like ‘Dark Infinite’ and ‘The Grey (VIXI)’ with a huge amount of energy pushing them a little closer to classic thrash metal.
Thanks to this energy the album somehow feels brilliantly uplifting and full of life, almost in defiance of the much more personal subject matter tackled in its lyrics. This is a very personal and open album for front person Dani Winter Bates as he looks to drop any metaphor and tackle the growing mental health crisis head on by peeling back the curtain on his own struggles after being one of metals most outspoken advocates on the subject for years. ‘Quake’ might well be a hard a listen for some with its visceral depiction of self-harm (‘I drag the blade across my palm to feel my hands’) but this is where the band really seem to be stretching their wings a bit more creating a dense and dark atmosphere with relatively sparse instrumentation. For so long Bury Tomorrow have always felt very much like a band that lives for the connection with their fans, and no doubt this kind of open and cathartic songwriting will only help strengthen that bond even further.
Although Cannibal might lose points for some by sticking quite solidly to the standard metalcore formula, it does show a flicker of something new for Bury Tomorrow. By dipping their toes into slightly more atmospheric waters they have opened up a route to explore in the future. However this record is still filled with some fantastic hooks and mosh-worthy riffs that will go down a storm once the band are able to take them out on the road. In a world that gets more crazy by the day, it’s good to know we still have Bury Tomorrow to rely on.
Recommended Tracks: ‘Quake’, ‘Choke’, ‘Dark Infinite’