UK metal is in an extremely healthy state at the moment with bands young and old flying the British flag for shredding and double kick drums all over the world with bands from Young Guns to Gallows to Evile and dozens of others in-between producing quality rock and metal over the last twelve months or so. One band that has had a huge positive buzz around them in the last few months are Hampshire quintet Bury Tomorrow. Having recently signed a prestigious record deal with the legendary metal label Nuclear Blast, big things has been expected of their second full length album, The Union Of Crowns, which officially landed last week.
Bury Tomorrow - The Union Of Crowns Review
By the time the listener is one third of the way through the album it is evident that the hype has been justified and that the album exceeds what were already quite high expectations. The Union of Crowns explodes out of the blocks in a manner that Yohann Blake and Usain Bolt would be proud of with opening track Redeemer assaulting the auditory senses from the word go. The album continues in this vein with The Maiden before shifting up into another gear with the album's first single Lionheart. With a memorable opening riff, breakdowns all over the place, fantastic combination vocal work between Jason Cameron and Dani Winter-Bates and the choruses' cry of "You were the one who had my back from the start", Lionheart is one of the stand out tracks of the year so far and a huge selling point of this album.
The quality of the early songs continues throughout the album and so does the ferocity, only letting up for a few seconds at a time before rearing up to throw another musical roundhouse with Adam Jackson's metronomic drumming impressive throughout. The slightly lighter "An Honourable Reign" will draw favourable comparisons' with A Day To Remember (minus the American accents) while Knight Life will interest those who enjoy metal with a Djent ring to it.
Tracks like The Abdication Of Power and Kingdom maintain the album's appeal all the way through with some intricate, memorable guitar hooks being spun out under the alternating (but equally effective) harsh and clean vocals (and in Kingdom's case a fantastic breakdown section). To throw something of a curve ball into the works, the album closing "A Curse" is a much lighter song with a more uplifting rock feel to it and all the vocals being provided by Jason, along with a wonderful guitar solo. One of the stand out tracks on a high quality album, this song offers a hint of versatility. Whether this is a style that is further developed by the band in the future is something only album number three will tell us.
The Union Of Crowns is an album by a band looking to make a statement and differentiate themselves from the pack. Congratulations deservedly go to Bury Tomorrow, as they have more than succeeded. This is one of the albums of the year by a band who everyone will be hearing a lot more from in the weeks and months to come.