Bury Tomorrow - Cannibal Review
'Cannibal', the sixth album in fourteen years from UK metal legends Bury Tomorrow, had a lot to live up to. The band reaped heavy critical praise for their previous effort, 2016's staggeringly brilliant 'Black Flame', but does'Cannibal', their latest effort, continue the upward trajectory for the lads from Southampton?
Well...eighteen seconds in and we have our answer. 'Choke' hits you like a splendid wrecking ball to the chest. Gritted teeth and balled fists are separated by crisp cleans which shows the band are absolutely not messing about. After listening to 'Choke' and the title track 'Cannibal', and only two songs into 'Cannibal', you get the feeling that Bury Tomorrow are pushing their way to the top of the Metalcore mountain. With 'Cannibal' the band are at serious risk of gunning down long time greats such as Killswitch Engage and Trivium.
'The Grey (VIXI)' & 'Imposter' will have you drifting off into Metalcore heaven with James's mesmerising vocals guiding the way and 'Better Below' is a stadium anthem in the making. If you listen closely you can already hear tens of thousands of fans screaming out "broken image, I am fallen" from the bound to be future festival favourite.
The bands passion for their art seeps through on 'Quake' a track that reveals, to anyone who listens, just how much hard graft has been crammed into this 42 minute belter of an album.
'Quake' features captivating cleans, especially in the second half of the track, and is a true highlight of the album. After a brief, almost welcome, fade into silence you're snapped right back into it with the snarl of "suffering is all we are" from 'Gods & Machines'. This track shows just how much Dani has really upped his game from the bands previous releases. With this one, Dani has stepped right up to the plate and announced that he's ready to throw down with the best of them.
'Dark, Infinite' bookends the album perfectly. The track features blast beats from Adam Jackson that bludgeon you to your very soul and accompanying riffs from Kristan Dawson that tear you straight in two. Its fucking beautiful. To put it simply, Bury Tomorrow have smashed it with 'Cannibal'. With this release they have raised their bar to a new unforseen, unimaginable height.
'Cannibal' has produced the bands finest effort yet with each individual member upping their game considerably from last time out. Much like Trivium with 'Ascendancy', Bury Tomorrow have just given birth to their golden child...and it's an absolute Cannibal!