Label: Music For Nations
Released: 31st March 2023
Some bands let creative standards slip in the wake of losing members, yet Bury Tomorrow’s first album without founding member and co-vocalist Jason Cameron passes quality control with flying colours.
If 2019’s ‘Cannibal’ was metalcore’s equivalent of the Mighty Meaty, ‘The Seventh Sun’ takes a Saturday night standard and livens it up. Incoming guitarist Ed Hartwell and co-vocalist and keyboardist Tom Prendergast inject depth to their flavour profile; stuffing their crust with sweetened synths (‘Abandon Us’), enriching their sauce with sumptuous string sections (‘Wrath’), and delivers a defining deep dish vocal base for chorus’ to keep in your mind forever that perfectly compliment Dani Winter-Bates’ distinctive roar (‘Majesty’, ‘Heretic’).
Tasting ‘The Seventh Sun’ is a sensory experience, cinematic in its scope. Spearheaded by Kristan Dawson, all 11 slices take you on a sonic journey. ‘Black Flame’ might’ve bought the bangers, and ‘Cannibal’ the concept, but ‘The Seventh Sun’ is Bury Tomorrow bringing it altogether. Tied into this is a lyrical call-to-arms to understand the chaos of the world around us, and the consequences and responsibilities of our actions. Just like a hearty pizza, lines like “to live is no curse, it is the knowledge we are slaves” linger long in your memory, transforming your thoughts.
With support slots at Ally Pally in their sights, it’d be no surprise if behemoth-sized bangers like ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Boltcutter’ see Bury Tomorrow headlining venues of that size by the end of ‘The Seventh Sun’. If this was a pizza-eating competition, consider us pleasantly stuffed.