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4.0 out of 5 stars The future for UK metal is a bright one..
Southampton's Bury Tomorrow are HUGE! In every sense of the word, possibly the town's biggest band right now, they sound HUGE, they have a huge following and they are continuing to make huge waves on the UK metal scene. The biggest question though is are they any good or are they just another tired metal band re-treading the same ground as a zillion other bands?
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Published on 24 Oct 2009 by Michael Spall

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3.0 out of 5 stars Light breaks through, Years drag on
The gritty chug of a drop C guitar is the first thing smashed into your face for Bury Tomorrow's Debut album 'Portraits'. My first introduction to this band was the mighty beast of a track 'Lionheart' (which would later be released on 2nd album 'The Union of Crowns') so I felt it worth following up. The Hampshire 5 piece, (Locals to me!) have set themselves the task of...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The future for UK metal is a bright one.., 24 Oct 2009
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Michael Spall "Spally" (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Portraits (Audio CD)
Southampton's Bury Tomorrow are HUGE! In every sense of the word, possibly the town's biggest band right now, they sound HUGE, they have a huge following and they are continuing to make huge waves on the UK metal scene. The biggest question though is are they any good or are they just another tired metal band re-treading the same ground as a zillion other bands?
WHO GIVES A F**K!? Bury Tomorrow are awesome and that is all that matters!
Metalcore apparently!? Another stupid genre name; the band encompass so many styles of metal including emo via thrash evolving into death metal and colliding with hardcore (to name a few). To do them the dis-service of narrowing it into one all encompassing word other than metal and metal alone is insulting to the band and their music.
Okay, so even the band members themselves refer to it as metalcore (with vocals). If it makes them happy!

Each song on this, the band's debut full-length record is (almost) pure brutal metal music at its best.
A superb production highlights every moment on this great album. Every single moment throughout is given the studio respect it deserves. This all means that every down-tuned and punishing riff invites the listener to slam dance in their own living room whilst simultaneously appreciating every nuance and clever motif throughout.
First track `Confessions' introduces what Bury Tomorrow are all about; mixing angular guitars, crushing rhythms, Dani Filth style screams juxtaposing with waif-like emo vocals and culminating in an ethereal and delightful guitar coda. The band immediately makes it clear that they are not just about chest-beating, man's metal and this alone sets them apart from many of their contemporaries.
However, it is the intense thrash of second track `Evolution of Self' that really gets my blood pumping. A tribal chant introduces the track before a crunching, almost speed-metal riff underpins more brutal and intense lyrics before segueing into a killer hook line of a chorus. Once again, the band bravely shows off their tender side with a wonderful, beautifully crafted slice of chugging, spaced out chillout guitar and ambience at the end. This is excellent stuff.
`You & I' follows a similar template to `Evolution of Self' at the start before veering briefly into death metal territory with some slowed-down metal friction before slamming back into full-time savagery. Once again, a killer chorus made even more impressive by the band's refusal to sing `American'. The band are British and damn proud of it, it would seem.
Despite forging a sound largely of their own, the band doesn't stray too far from this (albeit malleable) formula once they have set things in motion. Each successive track is not ridiculously different from the last, but where this would hinder some bands longevity, boredom never sets in due to the sheer force of delivery and intense focus the band have combined with each song's own unique, subtle moments of brilliant re-invention. The nod to galloping Iron Maiden riffery on `Her Bones in the Sand', the dark, brooding doom of `Repair the Lining', twin guitar virtuosity inherent in `Casting Shapes' and so on.

Don't get me wrong, Bury Tomorrow are not the most unique metal band since Sabbath first inherited the term, but neither does the band ever descend into mere parody or blatant plagiarism.
The continued, self re-evaluation of the band continues with the aptly named `Relief'. The band wanders into rock balladry. A brave move and one that could so easily fall flat on its face, but by now I have fully established the talent on display and with vocals this good they just about manage to succeed. The wise move not to follow formula and end the song on a building metal climax is testament to their understanding of the metal genre and how to not only embrace the rules, but also break them in style. It is an effective moment on the record.

`Anything With Teeth' and `These Woods Aren't Safe For Us' continue with the now distinct Bury Tomorrow sound; adding nu-metal shredding into the mix on occasion, although struggling slightly to keep up with the previous salvo of excellent music.
The album closer, the title-track itself sees the band end the album with the epic tune it deserves. Raising the bar even further both in performance and musical virtuosity it is a great way to end an impressive debut album from an equally impressive band. I am a convert and also happy to report that beyond the current emo trend, there might actually be a healthy future for metal music after all.

The band are about to embark on a UK and European tour in December with Bless the Fall including a date at Southampton's Joiners Arms on 9th December. You might want to grab tickets now as they WILL sell out.

Originally published on mINtSOUTH music website
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing., 1 Jan 2011
This review is from: Portraits (Audio CD)
had this album since the day it was released, bury tomorrow are wonderful guys who do the Metalcore genre proud, buy this album and you will never look back. amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem, 23 Mar 2011
This review is from: Portraits (Audio CD)
This is one of those few albums you can listen from the first heavy beats of the first track to the closing parts of the final track, every song is simply amazing. Right off the bat you are introduced to some heavy riffs and loud screaming, i could simply mosh to it all day, but then the clean melodical vocals come into play which really break the songs up nicely and add something that most bands dont which is versatility. Ive owned this album for a month now and i still play it from start to finish.

If your a fan of metal, its simple just buy this album it will not dissapoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bury Tomorrow, 27 Nov 2009
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C. Howard - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Portraits (Audio CD)
Bury Tomorrow are completely awesome. They're sound guys. Their first ep (The Sleep of the Innocents) was brilliant with the dual vocals making them stand out from all the other metalcore bands because Jase's vocals are beyond fantasic and used against Dani's vocals just provides an awesome contrast.

I was totally stoked for Portraits. This album is slightly heavier than their ep, and Jase still has quite alot of vocal parts (he even gets the song Relief all to himself =D). This band is definately worth checking out, either buy this album or go to a show and you'll see how this band works. They are FANTASIC live, I've witnessed human pyramids and grown men star jumping at these guy's shows (at the band's request ha).

In my personal opinion, the song to check out is YOU & I.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light breaks through, Years drag on, 23 Jun 2014
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J. Clarke "Alright Sally" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Portraits (Audio CD)
The gritty chug of a drop C guitar is the first thing smashed into your face for Bury Tomorrow's Debut album 'Portraits'. My first introduction to this band was the mighty beast of a track 'Lionheart' (which would later be released on 2nd album 'The Union of Crowns') so I felt it worth following up. The Hampshire 5 piece, (Locals to me!) have set themselves the task of taking on the largely American dominated genre of metalcore. The likes of Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive (Australian) and Atreyu seem to be the influences here, but has any British spirit shone through? 'Confessions' is first up to bat..

Confessions
Right away you can get a sense of what the band are going for thanks to the formula of brutal screams in the verse, catchy melodic vocal in the chorus, close with a breakdown. Throw in some double bass and you've got a pretty solid mix of heavy metal goodness. Track one sets a fairly generic standard, but has a pleasant outro and holds a few good guitar licks. 'Evolution of Self' starts with the tired lads chanting about something or other before it turns into a Killswitch attempt. The vocals turn weepy and the song lacks direction.Its only until 2 minutes in you get something out of the ordinary after vocalist/guitarist Jason Cameron mutters "You won't like what you see" and you get some electro blast beats and palm muted buildup. It kind of ends up in the same vein as 'Confessions', just with less punch.

You & I
Doesn't do much for me with an uninteresting intro and its generic riffage that follows. Caught in two minds, the song goes from dual vocal and guitars in sync to low breakdowns with the odd high pitch twang in Cameron's voice. Nice plegmy screams near the end though... 'Her Bones in the Sand' is yet another duplicate song that does little to entertain initially, that is until you get a delightful sweep half a minute in from lead guitarist Mehdi Vismara. Now it seems Bury Tomorrow are taking on their own in Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine - it wouldn't be out of place from 'The Poison'. Thankfully the chorus gains a lease of life for the final time and the melodies ring true.

Repair the Lining
The 2nd song really worth a good listen, track 5 fires on all cylinders. Headbangingly Brilliant harmonized guitars erupt into well thought out lead and rhythm sections. The chorus stands proudly too - "I know its so hard to fight again, I know its so hard to love again". The mighty growls are the icing on the cake this time around. However the band must have thought this track to be too melodic as they close it with a demonic sound more evil than Lucifer's underpants. 'Casting Shapes' sounds like a rip straight from Avenged Sevenfold's 'Unholy Confessions' - yet another American influence creeping in. Unfortunately the main thing that stands out here is the odd chorus "Why is there only one side in your eyes". that said there is no doubting the bands whole instrumental prowess... oh and it closes with another breakdown..

Factory of Embers
Honestly, this track passed me by while I added to this reviews introduction. It had an alright breakdown somewhere in the middle, but that's the only part that got my attention.. that and it was long. 'Relief' is well named because it serves as somewhat a halfway milestone - a lone acoustic performance, highlighting Cameron's vocal talent. With this, he could easily show those talent-less hacks on the X-factor a thing or two. It's sprawling intro and first lines of "And I know you're thinking the worst, its in those eyes at first.. It's neither good or bad" all sang with a suave soulful tune. "So please show me, what I'm meant to believe". Cue an egg shaker thingy. With a song like this, you wonder if this is what this man is meant to be doing.

Anything with Teeth
is reason enough to dispute that last comment. Mental percussion, meaty screams and a fantastic guitar riff make this another stand out moment. The chorus is all over the place but still befitting the song. "Blood on the walls, there's blood on the walls and it seems so unreal" is worth screaming along to. "Stop running away. Turn back and see this pain. The truth, your fears will change. You'll know it's all here to stay". Such a shame its cheapened with the last lines of "resurrect the dead, redefine your life" - pass on the zombies. 'These woods aren't safe for us' has a beautiful vocal melody - as usual - plus there's some stronger growls in the background somewhere too. A funky interlude appears out of the blue too, capitalized on by some powerful drumming and desperate cries of "Where would I be- without you?".

Portraits
I really dig the beginning of this title track, despite for the umpteenth time that Avenged riff pops up.. "And as the light breaks through, with the hope that we had. Years drag on, age is lined by the frame. Light breaks through." is as good a line as any to name your album on. It's the longest track at well over 5 minutes, consequently, that chorus shows no signs of growing old- neither does the sweet solo to end things. Prepare yourself for 'Waxed Things' because its start is an insane tapping frenzy. Pity it dissolves into more of the same. 'The Western Front' offers something different - clean guitar. That and a generally pleasing rhythm section that doesn't insist on deafening with stop start melodies. Love that beat 2 and a half minutes in... but in honesty there is little else to write about as this album has dithered in and out of being listenable and is now running a tad long.

Breathe on Glass
The closer.. finally. A decent riff/vocal aside, it's at this time I believe that this band would have been better off relegating songs to B-sides and going for an EP rather than the full blown article - which this aint - because these guys can clearly do better. Although I've included the US bonus tracks (that follow portraits) you could still cut this album in half for the better.. So for now at least, judge it for what it is - a first attempt, find the following and hear for yourself, Bury Tomorrow's EP!

Confessions
Repair the Lining
Relief
Anything with Teeth
These woods aren't safe for us
Portraits
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