Date: September 29th, 2013
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Heart In Hand / Empress / Feed The Rhino
The trajectory in which Southampton metalcore outfit Bury Tomorrow have soared since the release of their second album, ‘The Union Of Crowns’, last year has been impressive to say the least, especially when you take into consideration the band were at the verge of parting ways back in 2010. Now, on their UK headline tour to support said album, with several sold out shows including tonight in Manchester, these guys haven’t seen the last of their successes.
Sadly, due to box office complications beyond our control, we were unable to catch opening support acts Heart In Hand or Empress, both given the task to warm up the crowd for the headliners to soon follow.
However, main support Feed The Rhino (****) certainley set a challenging bar for the evening’s headliners to top, despite their regrettably short time onstage. From the get go, frontman Lee Tobin gets stuck in with getting the crowd as involved as possible. With a set featuring anthems-to-be like ‘The Burning Sons’ and a mammoth sized wall of death (considering the size of the venue at least), the Kent based stage destroyers have nothing but great things in their sights.
Taking to the stage a few minutes later than originally scheduled, Bury Tomorrow (****) open up with ‘Redeemer’, and from here on out things get a bit sweaty and limbs get a little bit airbourne. Heavy hitters like ‘Sceptres’ and ‘Message To A King’ see plenty of pit activity, and at one point we even see “friend of the band” Spider-Man take to the stage who is then crowd surfed out of the venue in less than 20 seconds. However, it’s not until the one-two set closer of ‘Royal Blood’ and ‘Lionheart’ that we see the band at their full potential. Frontman Dani Winter-Bates‘ screams and roars sound like something that’d come from Simba of The Lion King, and Jason Cameron‘s voice is as clean as Cillit Bang.
There’s still a clear starvation from many fans for album number three, but when the record finally drops, they will no longer be at the cusp of one of metalcore’s staple names, they’ll be sprinting with it firmly in their grasp.
Written by Zach Redrup
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