Album Review: Bury Tomorrow's 'Black Flame'

Written by Zoya Raza-Sheikh

19 Jul 2018

Hailing from Southampton, England, Bury Tomorrow have always pushed the boat with their music. The band’s effortless melodic heaviness has always been a crowd-pleasing feature, but this time around the band have stepped away to craft their own distinctive heavy sound. With ‘Black Flame’, Bury Tomorrow are setting the new standard for bigger and better music.

Like many other contemporary British metal bands, Bury Tomorrow have continued to grow alongside their music. Marking their fifth album, ‘Black Flame’ encapsulates how the band are have matured musically and lyrically creating an authentically refined metal album that flows from start to finish. Self-titled song Black Flame is one of the few stand-out tracks of the album. Starting with a powerful opening, not only does the track demonstrate a harmony between clean and screaming vocals, it also features a styled-out transition to a more mellowed electronic ending. Despite lasting just over 5 minutes, the song works through a modern metal arrangement that continues to maintain the listener’s attention. If anything, Black Flame could be the Lionheart of the album – creative, catchy, and continuously played.

Band: Bury Tomorrow

‘Black Flame’ isn’t just a step in the right direction, but a movement. It’s clear that Bury Tomorrow have found the right direction for, both, the band and their music. Their latest outright contends with previous successful albums such as ‘Runes’ and ‘The Union of Crowns’. These previous fan-favourite albums have offered balanced vocals switching and overlapping between growls and singing, but ‘Black Flame’ offers the best arrangement of Dani Winter-Bates’ aggressive screams and Jason Cameron’s soothing chorus vocals all foregrounded in chaotic riffs. This new signature sound stands out in tracks such as ‘The Age’ and ‘More Than Mortal’. These songs are packed with Dani’s screams and growls that are supplemented by the rhythmic drumming and bass from Davyd Winter-Bates and Adam Jackson. Bury Tomorrow are back without fail.

Overall, Bury Tomorrow have delivered a polished album that doesn’t disappoint. Combining expected aggressive vocals and instruments with a subtle integration of electronic beats has resulted in an engaging modern metal album. Following the likes of metal contemporaries (Architect, While She Sleeps, and Bring Me The Horizon), Bury Tomorrow have shown they have changed and are ready to take the next step forward.

Rating: 4/5

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