Bury Tomorrow's vocalist Daniel Winter-Bates in 2012
|Origin||Southampton, Hampshire, England|
|Labels||Basick Records, Artery Recordings, Nuclear Blast|
|Past members||Mehdi Vismara|
Bury Tomorrow are a five piece British melodic metalcore band from Southampton, Hampshire, England. The band is composed of vocalist Dani Winter-Bates, guitarist and singer Jason Cameron, bass guitarist Davyd Winter-Bates, drummer Adam Jackson and guitarist Kristan Dawson. The band's third studio album, Runes was released in May 2014.
The band formed in 2006 in Hampshire, England and their initial line-up consisted of rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Jason Cameron, drummer Adam Jackson, Unclean vocalist Daniel and his brother bassist Davyd Winter-Bates, and lead guitarist Mehdi Vismara  The band- despite reading in press that metalcore had become a dirty word of such- was adamant to prove that metalcore was still relevant. Davyd Winter-Bates has said comment on their interest to the style by saying "since day one we have been really proud and vocal about calling ourselves metalcore". In 2007 they self-released their début Extended Play The Sleep of the Innocents.
Their debut album Portraits was released through Basick Records in Britain on October 2009. Two music videos were shot to support the release of the album but only one, You and I was broadcast on music channels. You and I's music video was recorded at Southampton Solent University and featured Bury Tomorrow performing to 200 fans, the video was shot over the course of two days, with the second day focusing on the band performing. You and I was broadcast on MTV2 in the United States, Scuzz in the United Kingdom and on Much Music in Canada. Portraits was then released through Artery Recordings on March 2010 in Japan and the United States. Bury Tomorrow toured continuously over the course of 2010, touring across the United States, Europe and Japan. In their tours in 2010 the band supported Asking Alexandria, Of Mice and Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil.
The Union of Crowns (2011–2013)
In 2011 the band felt large amount of pressure from their American record label, Artery Recordings. Initially trying to convince the band to move and base themselves in the United States, Bury Tomorrow's band members felt they were attempting to manipulate the band and changing them into something they were not by suggesting they should incorporate more electronics into their style. Although they rejected moving as they had little experience in the country; communication broke down between themselves and Artery Recordings and through a series of emails the band lost their North American and Japanese record label as well as their American agency. The only person that remained in their team was their British agent and she was quoted in saying "Nobody wants to touch you. No bands even want to take us on tour." The band was so low on money they couldn't even go into the studio to record the album they had written in 2011. Their agent managed to get the band performances at Slam Dunk Festival and Ghostfest in Leeds. At this point Bury Tomorrow's members had such a lack of confidence in their band's future they believed these festivals would be their final shows.
Their performances at these festivals was met with a highly positive response from fans and so the band felt a lot more confident. Bury Tomorrow then met their future band manager at Ghostfest who suggested that they shelf the album they had been writing and they wrote and recorded Lionheart, their first single for the second album which was released 8 September. Lionheart was accompanied by a music video, released on 13 September 2011. Bury Tomorrow supported British metalcore band While She Sleeps in October, with a follow up headline tour in the United Kingdom across December. On 6 December, two days before the band started their headline tour, a video was released for their single Royal Blood, which was directed by Thomas Welsh. The single Royal Blood debuted on Radio 1 on Christmas Eve during its daytime programming.
Bury Tomorrow spent the first few months of 2012 recording their second album, with only a few tour dates in the first half of 2012 to support the release of their second album. Starting on 18 March, as a headline act at Southampton’s Takedown Festival, supporting Of Mice & Men and featuring at Hit The Deck Festival across April as well as appearing at Greenfield Festival on 17 June and playing at Ghostfest on 30 June in Leeds. In April 2012 Bury Tomorrow announced that they had signed with Nuclear Blast and confirmed the album art, track listing and release date of the second album The Union Of Crowns. The band said that they were happy with signing to the record label as they did not want to compromise on the sound of their new album. The album was recorded in Ridgeway Sound Studio in Wantage and was released on 13 July in Europe, then 16 July in the United Kingdom and on 17 July in the United States.
Two singles were released in 2012 to promote the album: An Honourable Reign, which was premièred on BBC Radio 1 and Knightlife. In the United Kingdom the album debuted at number 6 on the Rock & Metal Chart, and in the United States, the album peaked at number 25 on the Top Heatseekers chart and sold 1,062 copies all in its first week. They played a single date on 10 July at the Camden Underworld supporting I Killed The Prom Queen on their European Tour. The band made a festival appearance at Hevy Music Festival in early August. Bury Tomorrow also toured with Architects in November across Britain alongside Deez Nuts and The Acacia Strain. This tour was wrapped around both Bury Tomorrow's and Architects' appearance at UK Warped Tour. The Warped Tour festival at Alexandra Palace in London is on 10 November 2012.
In late January 2013 the band announced, that guitarist Mehdi Vismara had left Bury Tomorrow and that Kristan Dawson would assume the role of lead guitar. The band had said how Dawson is a much more technical and riff-heavy guitarist which compliments the band's stylistic ideas for their third album. In February the band supported The Ghost Inside on the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure tour across the UK. In 2013 the band's promotion for The The Union Of Crowns is coming to an end. After playing spaces at several festivals, including: Slam Dunk Festival Download, Greenfield Festival, Reading and Leeds Festival Summerjam, Schools Out, Pell Mell and SummerBlast as well as doing a British tour in September and a proposed tour outside of the UK. Their performance at Leeds festival was met with positive reception from Rock Sound as they said "They came as underdogs, but given the reception they’re afforded this afternoon, it’s safe to say that Bury Tomorrow will be leaving with more than a few new friends". The band is then going to United States of America early as October to write and record the music they've got for their third album.
On January 6, 2014, the band has announced their third studio album entitled Runes set to be released on May 26 through Nuclear Blast. The band also announced an exclusive track from the album titled "Watcher". It was premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show at midnight on the 6th of January. Along with the album release they will be headlining on a UK tour, along with Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Demoraliser and Napoleon in May the same year.
The band released a music video for the first single of Runes titled "Man On Fire" on 25 February. The second single and music video was released on 13 May, for the song "Of Glory". The album was made available for exclusive streaming by Rocksound on 21 May 2014.
On 1st June 2014 it was revealed that Runes had reached number 1 in the official UK Rock chart and number 34 in the official UK Album chart. In June, the band announced another UK headlining tour which will take place in October.
Bury Tomorrow has primarily been cited as being a Melodic metalcore band but also has been seen as being classed as post-hardcore. AllMusic writer Gregory Heaney summarised their style by saying "Offsetting layers of pleasant, atmospheric melody with sudden bursts of chugging heaviness, the band uses its breakdowns to create a brooding, moody effect, as if the songs are lurching into a fit when provoked from their somber ruminations." Daniel Winter-Bates has noted how he likes the diverse style the band possesses as it gives them the opportunity to go heavier and lighter with ease.
In terms of their influences, the band has cited older metalcore bands as being their primary influence. With Metal Hammer journalist Merlin Alderslade commenting on their style saying "the quintet's blend of fierce, melodic death metal-inspired riffage [sic] and gloriously anthematic choruses was seen as of the crowning achievements of a new generation of metal bands that had been weaned on a diet of The End of Heartache, Waking the Fallen and Reroute To Remain".The band has said that their third album will be more technical and more "old school" and in-line with artists like As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage.
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