Bury Tomorrow
The Union Of Crowns


4.0
excellent

Review

by Steven Spedding USER (17 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2012 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bury Tomorrow hit all the right notes on album "The Union Of Crowns" but is let down by its excessive run time.

The ink was still drying on the new contract signed with Nuclear Blast Records when UK metalcore outfit Bury Tomorrow entered the studio to record the remainder of their follow up to 2009’s “Portraits”. Having ended 2011 with the releases of lead singles “Lionheart” and “Royal Blood”, the south coast based quintet had the wind in their sails going into 2012. It also became clear following the announcement of the tracklist of “The Union Of Crowns”, that they were undertaking an over-ambitious workload in releasing a 14-track standard issue album. Make no mistake, this isn’t a short, sharp hardcore album populated with 2 minute long songs. “The Union Of Crowns” clocks in at a rather excessive 55 minutes though it could be argued after three years of stewing, Bury Tomorrow were always going to have a substantial repertoire of material.

Drawing on a much wider range of influences Bury Tomorrow have improved markedly. Offering up an assortment of intricate, melodic death metal lines that wouldn’t be out of place on an As I Lay Dying album. “The Union Of Crowns” is barely recognisable when compared to its predecessor; it could quite easily be a different line up. Whilst continuing to tread closer to the melodic end of the metalcore spectrum, the bright leads dished out by guitarist Mehdi Vismara help neutralise an overemphasis on chunky, open note rhythms. Amid the barrage of breakdowns and the checkered performance of lead vocalist Dani Winter-Bates, Bury Tomorrow seem to have established a formula that separates them from their peers and has allowed them to avoid the pitfalls Miss May I and others have fallen into – in being unable to establish a sound of their own. Bury Tomorrow seem more focused on atmospherics. They have harnessed an ability to write more measured sections, where the aggression is toned down for tasteful instrumentals and this I feel is where they excel most.

There are areas that need attention though as briefly touched upon. Bury Tomorrow still have an obsession with padding out songs with breakdowns. This wouldn’t be so much a problem if they moved between tempos but with the exception of “Sceptres” the tempo doesn’t deviate often. Also, whilst Winter-Bates’ vocal performance is thunderous whilst being more refined than that in “Portraits”, it is still rough in places. The screams are too dominant in the mix. The lows can particularly grate as they are often are too low and unfitting to song sections that aren’t breakdowns. The more prominent clean vocal sections of “The Union Of Crowns” are thankful relief.

One component of the band whose performance has remained at a constant is clean vocalist Jason Cameron. He was the star of “Portraits” and whilst he is given a much closer run for his money this time his performance is nothing short of outstanding. The ease with which he moves between high and low pitch, loud and soft is remarkable. The band seems to have struck up some good chemistry this time around and know how to bring the best out of Cameron. Anthemic closer “A Curse” is a fitting end to the album and gives Cameron the spotlight to hit the soaring highs he is famed for and get the hairs on your arms standing up.

“The Union Of Crowns” is an album packed with highlights, “Kingdom” being the brightest of those. 11 songs would have been ample and had Bury Tomorrow not gotten so bogged down trying to lay out so much material we would have been met with a melodic metalcore benchmarker. As it is, it must be checked out by fans of melodic metalcore.

Recommended Tracks:
Kingdom
Message To A King
Sceptres



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JAXETA
August 3rd 2012


786 Comments


good review

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 3rd 2012


4854 Comments


From what I heard earlier, this actually wasn't bad.

TBliss2
August 3rd 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, one of my favs of this year. Great review too, pos.

sspedding
August 3rd 2012


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its great isnt it. Thanks for the pos'

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TooLateToGoBack
August 3rd 2012


1779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review, excellent album.

Redeemer, Abdication of Power, and Sceptres are my favorites off this.

1SecondToDie
August 3rd 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Redeemer, An Honourable Reign, Knight Life, Royal Blood, Vacant Throne, Kingdom... are purely awesome, but the best of the best is 1603 on my taste.

Devastator
August 3rd 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review, they really stepped up their game, Danny is pretty good, I liked the little have yells he tossed in a couple of song like 1603. I love the album and Jason is incredible.

sspedding
August 4th 2012


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks again, it has been deservedly well received.

Devastator
August 4th 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You called it a concept album. What is the story behind it? I assume something with mideval times but I didn't see one.

sspedding
August 4th 2012


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Looking at the song titles, lyrics and whatnot, there seems to be a theme. Whilst it isn't confirmed you might be right, I
will remove it.

TBliss2
August 4th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've read them say in interviews it has a regal/royalty theme throughout, dunno if it is a full on concept album although.

wacknizzle
August 4th 2012


13601 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Screamer sucks, breakdowns suck, clean vocals sound like fucking 3 Doors Down, every fucking chorus which they just had to put in each song sounds the same, the vocals don't sound good in the mix, this wouldn't even have been good in 2006, I'd way rather listen to Parkway Drive and AILD on shuffle even tho I'm not much of a fan of either. Good review tho.

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Devastator
August 5th 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The ending to Kingdom is insane. How do you even play that?

sspedding
August 5th 2012


4780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

they've got some awesome effects on the guitars

Devastator
August 5th 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Their lead guitarist is really good, I'm glad he decided to bare his fangs more than on portraits, some of the guitar work is incredible.

MarLovP
August 9th 2012


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Really dig this album, Bury Tomorrow delivered on their potential IMO. I think the production could be slightly better, the original production when Lionheart and Royal Blood were first released was better than the album production.

NonApplicable
September 1st 2012


2003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the original production when Lionheart and Royal Blood were first released was better than the album production.

I agree. You can clearly tell which tracks were recorded when.

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Since1984
September 3rd 2012


6 Comments


Great album. Heavy and fun as shit. What else do you want out of a metalcore album?

buddhaabdi
September 10th 2012


104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good metalcore is good.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2012


22033 Comments


oh yeah need to give this a go

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