Bury Tomorrow- ‘Cannibal’ Album Review

Just two years since their last release, Bury Tomorrow have perfected their unique sound with the release of their sixth studio album.

Forming in 2006, Bury Tomorrow immediately showed no signs of hesitation when it came to finding their distinctive, signature sound. A perfect hybrid between bands such as Slipknot, Avatar and Lamb Of God, the Southampton Metalcore band have quickly made their presence known across the music industry- making themselves a force to be reckoned with.

Whilst gaining momentum with their critically acclaimed 2018 album, Black Flame, the band reassure fans that their best work is still yet to come with the refined sound of their latest album, Cannibal.

Concisely balancing the thunderous voice of Daniel Winter-Bates with the simple elegance of clean vocal melodies within the songs, Cannibal goes to prove that, with each album, Bury Tomorrow only get closer to perfecting their distinctive sound

Finding the formula that works best for them and sticking to it religiously, the album shows that the band have only progressed throughout their career, showing no signs of slowing down or deviating away from the sound that they became founded upon. 

‘Choke’, ‘The Agonist’ and the title track are all the standout tracks of the album, demonstrating the band’s heaviest and most refined work to date. From the aptly written lyrics which perfectly encompass issues of mental health during times of turmoil, to the boisterous riffs that demand instant recognition, the songs are ones to watch out for live and are guaranteed to galvanise any audience. 

Although following a relatively repetitive structure for the most part, the songs do still withhold a sense of nuance, with each one having elements that show Bury Tomorrow’s influences.

‘Quake’, ‘Cold Sleep’ and ‘Voice & Truth’ demonstrate this best. Nowhere is this shown more clearly than in the hints of ’60s groove from the most stripped-back track, ‘Quake’. Withholding elements of rawness and emotion, the track is unquestionably the closest thing to a ballad of the album, almost reminiscent to Pink Floyd through its hauntingly beautiful intro.

Fan favourites, ‘Imposter’ and ‘Gods & Machines’, on the other hand, couldn’t be further. Suggestive in sections of Lamb Of God, Trivium and Avatar, these tracks are the most overtly Modern metal and guaranteed to satisfy devoted and new fans alike.

As a whole, Cannibal is an album designed by no means to reinvent Bury Tomorrow’s sound, but rather strive to perfect what they have continuously worked on since their formation. When it comes to venturing down new routes or taking chances in their work, Cannibal comes up short as an attempt of gaining new listeners. Yet, with the band remaining fiercely loyal to their renowned sound, the album is certain to be a hit with current fans.

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Cannibal is out now via Music For Nations and available on all streaming platforms.

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