This Bury Tomorrow article was written by Jack Press, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.
If one is to be ‘Earthbound’, than they are either bounded to it or heading towards it at a speed so inordinately fast that the likelihood of one’s survival is slim. Therefore it seems stranger than a Muppets-themed adaptation of Adele’s ‘Hello’ that Southampton metalcore quintet Bury Tomorrow have named their much-anticipated fourth album, ‘Earthbound’, something they are surely the opposite of come its release.
It’s safe to say that ‘Earthbound’ could either be the record that pivots Bury Tomorrow on the edge of the platform, ready to shoot themselves straight into superstardom where they’ll join the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine in the ever-growing garden of British-hopefuls-turned-global-icons. Or, it’ll keep them at bay like a dog on a chain as they get further and further into their career.
Opening with the cave-echoing ‘The Eternal’, Bury Tomorrow take their metalcore-by-numbers a depth darker or two, frontman Dani Winter-Bates throwing caution to the wind and unleashing a harsh vocal attack unlike any other we’ve seen from him, whilst his band-mates rattle through deeper territory, their riffs ripping off the page like a Bayblade in a stadium.
Whilst they’ve ventured into the deeper, darker depths of the metalcore cave, Bury Tomorrow haven’t delivered us with anything brand-spanking new, but they really don’t need to. ‘Last Light’ is as classic a sound for Bury Tomorrow as it possibly can be, packing the potential to be as poignant as super-hit Lionheart whilst lead-off single ‘Earthbound’ is earth-shatteringly brilliant: a riff so brutal it’ll burn off your eyebrows, this is the song where Bury Tomorrow stop being one of the boys and become one of the men.
Despite kicking off ‘Earthbound’ with a slew of killer cuts, its pace drops dismally halfway through as an all-you-can-eat buffet of no-killer, all-filler tracks follow one by one. The slow-burning ‘Cemetery’ isn’t a bad song, but it isn’t a good one either whilst ‘301’ feels like a wham-bam thank-you ma’am add-that-one-to-the-pile extravaganza of heaviness and nothing else.
Picking up where they left off at the beginning of the record, the trio of ‘Memories’, ‘For Us’, and ‘Bloodlines’ is banger after banger after banger, ending ‘Earthbound’ in the only way it should of ever ended: in a catastrophic explosion of righteous riffs, bruising basslines, a rhythm section riot worthy of a rude awakening, and a double-vocal back-and-forth battle between Dani and guitarist and vocalist, Jason Cameron.
‘Earthbound’ might not be the ‘Master of Puppets’ of 2016, but it’s the Launchpad for Bury Tomorrow’s journey to the outer-limits of space where they’ll lay waste to the lesser peasants of the metalcore army as they rule the roost with their riff-scream-clean-breakdown-solo-scream-clean formula.
‘Earthbound’ is out on the 29th January via Nuclear Blast.
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