Artist bioBury Tomorrow are a melodic metalcore band that are quickly establishing themselves as a modern heavy guitar great.
The band members include drummer Adam Jackson, lead guitarist Kristan Dawson, Daniel Winter-Bales providing harsh vocals accompanied by the sung vocals of guitarist Jason Cameron and Davyd Winter-Bates on bass.
Following the release of new album Black Label through essential independent label Music For Nations in July of 2018, they have announced an upcoming tour to promote the new material.
Southampton band Bury Tomorrow formed in 2006 and have continued to write killer song with absolutely no gimmicks. Their four album titles include Portraits (2009), The Union Of Crowns (2012), Runes (2014) and Earthbound (2016).
“Earthbound is an absolutely stunning piece of work from Bury Tomorrow. An album packed with great songs, it is a huge statement of intent that Bury Tomorrow have served on the UK metal world and beyond. Bury Tomorrow are sounding better than ever, and this time there should be no stopping them.” - Rock Sins
Their latest album is Black Flame which was released last year to critical acclaim;
“It shows just how powerful Bury Tomorrow can be when they’re at the top of their game.” - Heavy Blog Is Heavy
Speaking of the tour, Bury Tomorrow frontman, Daniel Winter-Bates, says "In such a crazy year, we are immensely proud of the success 'Cannibal' has had and continues to have. We are sure that, like us, our fans and fans of live music in general are so excited to be able to return to what connects us the most: shows, festivals and gigs. We are excited to announce our new headline tour for next year playing some of our favourite places to play and giving us all something amazing to look forward to. We are stoked to be doing this run with the phenomenal August Burns Red, a band that all five members respect and enjoy musically. This is truly one not to miss!"
Bury Tomorrow‘s 2018 album Black Flame catapulted them into metal’s upper echelons. It was the band’s third consecutive UK Top 40 album - quite the feat for a heavy band - and took them on a tour which culminated with a huge show at London’s iconic Roundhouse. But with follow-up Cannibal, the band have taken another leap forward.
Already, the South Coast quintet are responsible for some of metalcore’s most rousing anthems, and Cannibal is stacked with more glorious vocal hooks, razor-sharp riffs and sublime melodies that will solidify their seat at UK metal’s top table.
To record it, the band reunited with SikTh guitarist and Black Flame producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), while mixing and mastering was completed by Adam "Nolly" Getgood and Ermin Hamidovic, the dream team behind Architects’ Holy Hell. The result is Bury Tomorrow’s most technical, anthemic album yet. And while vocalist Dani Winter Bates has long been one of metal’s loudest advocates for the importance of discussing mental health, this time he’s delved explicitly into his own experiences, writing his most brutally personal lyrics to date.
“This album is for me as well as for the fans,” he says. “It was a cathartic process to address some of the darkest moments I’ve had in my life. For some people it’ll be a hard listen. But I thought I have to do this, if I’m going to go in, I’m going to go in. I’m not doing something half arsed. There is nothing lyrically I would change on this entire album.”
When Dani began writing the concepts for Cannibal, while he had penned tracks about his mental health before, this time things were different. Dropping all metaphors and opaque sentiments, he’s addressed things head on, hoping the album’s unapologetically frank approach will help people who are struggling to understand that they aren’t alone.
“I wanted to live by my words,” he says. “I talk to people about normalising mental health (Dani has facilitated Safe Space Sessions up and down the country during tours, alongside mental health professionals), so how can I write an album where I’m not talking about mental health? The normalisation of mental health is what saves lives. I want people to see the light in the dark. If they delve into that they can find solace in the discussion, the normalisation, the positive action by discussing this.”
Lyrically, there’s an apocalyptic feel to Cannibal. While tracks like Quake and Better Below go deep into Dani’s lowest moments, the album also explores the impact of social media on Gods And Machines as well as what he refers to as “society’s oppressive, horrific nature”.
“The term Cannibal refers to being eaten away by your own thoughts but also eaten away by other humans,” he explains. “We’re not kind to ourselves, let alone kind to each other.”
While Cannibal is very much Dani’s story lyrically and thematically, the rest of the band are also on the form of their lives. The title track is a clear nod back to the anthemia of Black Flame’s standout title-track and tracks like powerhouse opener Choke, The Grey (VIXI) and Imposter are classic Bury Tomorrow, metallic maelstroms of churning riffs and expansive choruses. Elsewhere though, the band have taken more risks than ever before, adding depth and shade to their ever-evolving sound. Quake ebbs and flows, swelling and simmering like a seething volcano and a techy edge cuts through the icy melody of Cold Sleep. And for all the album’s dark ruminations, atmospheric closer Dark Infinite ends on a melodic high, a surging soundscape which sounds like the band are ready to take on the world.
Work on Cannibal started almost immediately after the band released the deluxe version of Black Flame in June 2019 and was completed partly on the road. Soon after, the band headed to the studio, recording drums and rhythm guitars at Middle Farm studios, in South Devon, with the remainder of the album recorded at Vale studios in Worcestershire. Putting into practice the lessons they had learnt when making Black Flame, the band tore into, rewrote and scrapped any tracks that weren’t up to scratch.
While the process was far from easy and pushed the band musically and emotionally to their limit, there’s no doubt that this is their best and bravest album to date. Now 14 years into their career, Cannibal will be the album that takes Bury Tomorrow to even greater heights
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