Bury Tomorrow's latest proves they are a force to be reckoned with.
After 2 weeks of not doing a music review I got a bit itchy, while I enjoyed covering the original Ghostbusters, and positively loved every second playing The Division (for strict research purposes of course), I couldn’t wait to get back to the music side of things and what better way than Bury Tomorrow’s 4th studio album Earthbound?
Released back on the 29th of January of this year (I was on holiday in Australia at the time hence why it slipped past my radar) and is produced by the Beartooth front man Caleb Shomo.
Now let’s not mince words here, I’m really into my Metalcore, so when I say this is one of the best records I’ve heard this year, I really mean it. I discovered Earthbound through a Spotify metalcore playlist, when I first heard it I thought it was a new Sevendust track due to Jason’s clean vocals sounding almost the same as Lajon Witherspoon. While Earthbound is a short album coming in at just over 36 minutes, it still packs an amazing wallop.
What I really enjoyed about Earthbound is the seamless change in vocals from the unclean to clean lyrics which works perfectly here with the 2 dedicated singers covering each style. The opener is ‘The Eternal’ which was the best choice, from the howl and growling of the verses to the softer sung chorus’ all backed by distorted guitars and speed drumming, it’s the bands way of saying: “like it? Then continue.”
Title track ‘Earthbound’ was the first song I heard off the album and I instantly loved it, it feels like a ‘save the planet’ anthem but plays as headbanger, an interesting mix but it works, don’t believe me? Check the video at the bottom.
‘Cemetery’ is darker and a favourite of mine, but should have been put at the end, not in the middle, all through Earthbound I found a recurring theme in the lyrics regarding souls (including here) and felt ‘Cemetery’ would have been the perfect closer.
‘Restless & Cold’ was the correct choice to follow on from ‘Cemetery’ being a touch lighter musically and cleaner vocals than other tracks, and I just love the line ‘I am a body without a soul’, don’t ask me why, I just do.
Finally, ‘Bloodline’ the final tune is Bury Tomorrow showing off, but in an awesome way, on the first listen you just think it’s a standard metalcore song, but it’s the guitars, they become more technical as it goes on, some of the best riffs can be heard here just before it all slowly fades out.
Bury Tomorrow’s aim with Earthbound was to launch a claim as one of the UK’s greatest Metalcore bands, mission partially accomplished boys. While yes, Earthbound was a success, rating high with many music critics, it sadly hasn’t pushed the band into the sold out stadium show level they wanted.
But it’s not a failure, it’s a start. Earthbound is their 4th studio album, the band has only been around for 10 years, I can see the next release being another monster and Bury Tomorrow’s stock will continue to grow. Maybe even become the next Bring Me The Horizon, I just hope they don’t sell out on the way.