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Bury Tomorrow – Kentish Town Forum – 22/04/2017 | Live Review

Bringing their ‘Earthbound’ tour to a close Bury Tomorrow hit up London for their largest headline show.

Bury Tomorrow

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Bury Tomorrow have come a long way since their early days – we remember attending a small sweaty show at London’s Garage back in 2010 when the band hadn’t even released Union of Crowns – but tonight brings the final night of their Earthbound tour.

Bringing three bands along with them, openers Any Given Day burst on stage around 7.15pm, early by anyone’s standards, but thankfully it’s a Saturday so the crowd isn’t too thin. The German group open up with something pretty monstrous, as frontman Dennis Diehl growls and stomps around the stage with instruments backing him almost as heavy as his vocals. So many metal bands are known for their cover tracks and Any Given Day are no exception with a sing-a-long version of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’.

Next up is Black Peaks who might not be the heaviest band, or even seen as ‘metalcore’, but the atmosphere that emits around the venue is incredible. Frontman Will Gardner’s vocal range is extensive and the crowd leaps and head-bangs through amazing tracks like ‘Saviour’, ‘Crooks’ and ‘Glass Build Castles’. Their progressive rock / metal sound looks easy and natural, like for them it’s the simplest thing in the world, and new song ‘Fate Won’t Steal The Heart’ proves that there’s so much more to come from this band.

Crossfaith

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It takes a lot for a band to provide as much of a build up as the headliners themselves but Crossfaith definitely deliver from the moment each bandmember walks on stage to the red-flag waving to start the show. Techno-metal rarely works as well as it does from Crossfaith and the crowd leap up from the floor with a wall of death even Bury Tomorrow would be proud of. With four albums and an EP out, there’s plenty of material choice, but they choose mainly to play tracks from their latest album Xeno tonight along with their wild remix of The Prodigy’s ‘Omen’. We’re pretty sure that they could headline this venue themselves.

There’s something very special about seeing Bury Tomorrow live, their brand of metalcore has been practiced to near perfection yet they don’t take themselves too seriously. You may get the same song favourites littered throughout the set, Dan begrudgingly talking about VIP packages and a ‘Lionheart’ finale, but these things never get old.

Bury Tomorrow

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The band’s stage presence mainly flows through brothers Dan and Davyd Winter- Bates who both bound around the stage with Davyd brassing around his bass and Dan throwing around both himself and his microphone. But, Adam, Kristan and Jason all play their integral parts providing the backdrop for everything that takes place.

Unsurprisingly around half of the set lends itself to last years’ latest album Earthbound, showcasing a whole array of tracks which plenty of the crowd have only had the pleasure of blasting through their speakers previously. Going from strength to strength, corner posts of the setlist are littered throughout including old favourite ‘Waxed Wings’ and complete metalcore belters like ‘An Honourable Reign’ and ‘Man On Fire’. There’s chunky riffs on ‘301’, headbanging opportunities galore on ‘The Eternal’ and the more melody driven ‘Cemetery’; enough of a mixture to keep the room both moving and singing throughout.

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Jason Cameron’s combination of clean vocals and guitar work has always been a huge element in the band’s signature sound and, much like every show, the sound was impeccable as the band connected with the audience on a level a lot of other bands’ don’t.

With so many metalcore bands out there’s it’s hard to say that what Bury Tomorrow are doing is genre-defining or cutting edge, but a Bury Tomorrow show is hard to match in terms of the intensity and passion in the performance and the connection and enjoyment shared with the crowd. What the band are doing is honing everything a good metalcore band should be doing, and sticking with it.

Bury Tomorrow

Source: Jemma Dodd

Bury Tomorrow

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Bury Tomorrow

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Bury Tomorrow

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Bury Tomorrow

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Crossfaith

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Crossfaith

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Crossfaith

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Crossfaith

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Crossfaith

Source: Jemma Dodd

Crossfaith

Source: Jemma Dodd

Crossfaith

Source: Jemma Dodd

Crossfaith

Source: Jemma Dodd

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