Album Review: Bury Tomorrow - Cannibal

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Metalcore linchpins Bury Tomorrow continue their evolution on their most crucial album to date.

Not content with riding the constraints of the metal subgenre, the Southampton quintet have once again pushed boundaries with their follow-up to 2018's Top 40 LP, 'Black Flame'.

Hard-hitting and honest from the off, frontman Dani Winter-Bates makes his inner battles plain to see with the ferocious opener, 'Choke'.

He harshly screams and growls: "Sick of hiding the truth, fucking lying to you/ No more time left for hope, at the end of your rope/ Choke, at the end of your rope/ Choke."

The album's title track is up there with their biggest tunes, 'Lionheart' and 'Blake Flame'. The song takes a surprising turn when, around the halfway mark, the growls fade into the distance as a choral-like section interjects, before an almighty scream thunders in.

It's on 'Quake' that Bury Tomorrow really begin to break down the barriers. Stripped-back in places, the atmospheric number flickers between anthemic and firing-on-all-cylinders, seamlessly, thanks to Dan Weller's meticulous production.

'Cold Sleep' is devastatingly honest; Winter-Bates' mind frantically explodes before you as he evokes his weary state of insomnia. That same restlessness persists on powerful closer 'Dark Infinite'.

By directly articulating his own battle with depression, Winter-Bates proves how vital vocalising your vulnerabilities is, not only for yourself, but for others going through their own traumas, so they know they are not alone.

'Cannibal' couldn't be more crucial as it enters the world amid a global pandemic, a time in which people have been reminded of the solace to be found in 'being in it together'.

Rating: 9/10

For Fans Of: Architects, Metallica

Release Date: 03.07.20