A good mix of safe and risk taking, but did it work?
Just under two years ago, I first started listening to Bury Tomorrow when I discovered their album Earthbound through Spotify. Fast forward to now and they’ve just released their 5th record, Black Flame. I’m going to get straight to the
point here, I prefer Earthbound. But that’s not to say Black Flame is bad in any way, it is in its own right a great mix of Bury Tomorrow playing it safe with their sound and experimenting a bit to make it interesting, nothing wrong with a band messing around like that. Check out my top picks….
Black Flame’s opener ‘No Less Violent’ is a superb tune, the synth fade in tricks you into thinking you’ve chosen the wrong band before the growling lyrics rise up and take centre stage, then the guitars come into play, a great start.
Title track ‘Black Flame’ is going to be the one that brings stadiums to their knees when played live, it mixes elements of Metalcore with almost 80’s style Anthem Rock, perfect to set the crowds off and to bring them in for mass singalongs.
‘The Age’ is another great infusion, this time with a Hard Rock feel thrown in for good measure, it still has its growls, awesomely sounding technical drumming and sweet as sugar guitar riffs, but to a toned down a touch tempo, what’s not to love here?
Finally ‘Peacekeeper’ rounds off my favourites, funny thing is I can’t put my finger on a reason why other than it just is an awesomesauce song, it plays the album out perfectly.
Bury Tomorrow can be called veterans in my opinion, they’ve been around for 12 long years and have 5 studio albums under their belts. And this is probably the best time for them to experiment a bit more with their style, when they have a legion of loyal followers. It also helps that Bury Tomorrow have done it the right way, they haven’t gone too far, they’ve left enough of the original sound in that the fans won’t be too put off, yet different enough that it isn't just a carbon copy of their previous record (which I still love and give plenty of airtime to).
I want to love Black Flame more but my love for Earthbound just beats this, by the smallest of margins.
Written by Dan.