Date: April 15th 2017
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: Any Given Day / Black Peaks / Crossfaith
Steadily rearing their way to the front of the UK metalcore elite over the years, especially since the release of fourth album ‘Earthbound’ last January, Bury Tomorrow have managed to establish quite a name for themselves. So much so that they’re now hitting the road for what is their biggest headline tour on homeland soil to date to promote it.
Kicking things off nice and early are German newbies Any Given Day . They’re apt for the bill, sure, and they’ve got a few decent grooves and breakdowns behind them to get heads nodding, but there’s minimal substance here to have you coming back for more. Their cover of Rihanna‘s hit ‘Diamonds’ manages to pull in a few sing alongs, but ultimately it’s more metalcore-by-numbers.
Brighton’s Black Peaks , on the other hand, do anything but metalcore-by-numbers. Infact, they’re the only non-metalcore act on the bill. They splice their progressive metal/rock style with ease live, making it look like it’s the most simple thing in the world; no mean feat for a band that sound like a mix of Coheed & Cambria, Tool, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. They shimmer and smash through songs like ‘Crooks’, with Will Gardner‘s voice being particularly impressive, and new song ‘Fate Won’t Seal The Heart’ proves there’s plenty more still to come.
The evening turns into a bit more of a party once Crossfaith  take to the stage, and that’s what they’re known for. Their metalcore and EDM crossover style gets the first few big mosh pits of the night going, and, knowing that the crowd is in the palm of their hands, frontman Kenta Koie asks for as many circle pits as he can. It’s a short set for them, considering they have four albums and an EP to play around with, but the likes of ‘Monolith’, ‘Rx Overdrive’, and their cover of The Prodigy‘s ‘Omen’ packs more than enough of a punch.
The last and only time that Bury Tomorrow  played a headline slot at Manchester’s O2 Ritz was back in 2014 at Impericon Festival. Only this time, it’s different. This time, it’s not a festival. This time, this is Bury Tomorrow‘s crowd, and they’re here to see them. Thankfully, the Southampton troupe step up to the plate with great aplomb, and from the moment they crack into set opener ‘The Eternal’, it’s obvious that the live environment is their forte.
The fast-paced and chunky cuts of ‘301’ and ‘Her Bones In The Sand’ get the headbangers out in full force, the more melody driven numbers ‘Cemetery’ and ‘An Honourable Reign’ gets the room singing in full force, and ultimately Bury Tomorrow are delivering song after song in full force.
It’s not until curtain closer ‘Lionheart’ makes an appearance that we really see the band’s full potential, and the fanbase that they’ve garnered over their decade long career. It’s hard to hear Jason Cameron‘s voice once the colossal chorus comes in, and all the while Dani Winter Bates has a huge smile smacked across his face when he’s not screaming and stomping from one side of the stage to the other.
Sure. No one is saying that Bury Tomorrow are putting out genre changing and cutting edge metalcore into the atmosphere, and claiming so would be a little foolish. But, there’s nothing wrong with that. What Bury Tomorrow are doing is crafting some honest and hard-hitting material with sharp hooked choruses, and there aren’t many out there who are as hungry and deserving of success for doing that than them.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)