'Better Below' makes the delay almost bearable.
Unfortunately for us, Bury Tomorrow's sixth studio album Cannibal has been pushed back from its original release date of the 3rd of April to at least the 3rd of July due to, yep, you guessed it... fucking Coronavirus - making it hard to ship out physical copies, and for the band to actually promote it. To make up for this, the Southampton five piece dropped the Better Below EP, which includes all the singles released so far and also a fourth, title track 'Better Below'. I would have preferred the full record, but any new music beats getting nothing at all.
The first thing I noticed about 'Better Below', it's more of a Melodic track that is still packed with the same raw energy that the band is known for. Don't expect to find some overly crunchy riffs here, but rather a smoother and technical Metalcore sound, which at first feels a little out of place with the subject matter (mental health, more specifically lyricist Daniel Winter-Bates'), but it makes sense with each listen, you realise it fits all too well.
Bury Tomorrow have always used two vocalists (Daniel Winter-Bates for the harsher side of things and Jason Cameron does the clean) to get their points across, and why change something that isn't broken? They do it again here with 'Better Below' to great accord, I really do love the way they mix the two singing styles.
One of the main reasons I love 'Better Below' is that Bury Tomorrow have taken their tried and tested sound, that we all know and love, and tweaked it enough to create something I didn't think was possible: Easy Listening Metalcore. Music that has balls and you can headbang to, but isn't too hard on the ear, if you know what I mean.
Earthbound was my gateway into Bury Tomorrow's world and I loved every second of it, as I did with their follow-up record Black Flame, and from what I'm hearing from the lead singles, Cannibal is shaping up to be of the same calibre.
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