Portraits (Bury Tomorrow album)

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Studio album by Bury Tomorrow
Released 12 October 2009[1]
Genre Metalcore
Length 56:04
Label Basick Records, Artery Recordings
Producer Weller Hill
Bury Tomorrow chronology
The Sleep of the Innocents
The Union of Crowns
Singles from Portraits
  1. "Her Bones in the Sand"
    Released: 9 September 2008
  2. "Casting Shapes"
    Released: 16 September 2008
  3. "You & I"
    Released: 3 November 2009

Portraits Is the debut studio album from British metalcore band Bury Tomorrow. The album was released first in the United Kingdom on Basick Records on 12 October 2009. Adam Jackson has stated it was named Portraits for two reasons: "Firstly, the title track is based on the story of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, a cautionary tale of the beauty and frailty of life. Secondly, Portraits depicts a person or character frozen in time as they were at a given moment. This is how we see this album – it's a reflection of our tastes, loves, hates, losses and gains. It's a memory in musical form, the first glimpse of the picture that is Bury Tomorrow.”[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released first in the United Kingdom on Basick Records on 12 October 2009 while it was released through Artery Recordings on March 2010 in Japan and the United States.[2] The American version of the album featured both an alternate album art and an extended track listing with three bonus tracks: Waxed Wings, The Western Front and Breathe On Glass. These three tracks were released in the United Kingdom as an extended play titled "Waxed Wings EP".[3]

Two music videos were shot to accompany the release of Portraits. The first music video was for Her Bones in the Sand was released on 9 September 2008, a month prior to the release of the album. 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 broastcasted on MTV2 in the United States, Scuzz in the United Kingdom and on Much Music in Canada.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolutepunk 71%[5]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[7]
The New Review 5/5 stars[8]
Rockfreaks 8.5/10[9]
sputnikmusic 3.0/5[10]

Phil Freeman of Alternative Press gave the album a 3 out of 5 stars, saying: "If you're wondering whether they bring anything unique or unexpected to the table, the answer is no. Is Portraits a pleasurable enough melodic metalcore album while it's playing? Absolutely."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bury Tomorrow.

No. Title Length
1. "Confessions" 5:11
2. "Evolution of Self" 3:34
3. "You and I" 3:27
4. "Her Bones in the Sand" 4:12
5. "Repair the Lining" 2:53
6. "Casting Shapes" 3:31
7. "Factory of Embers" 4:16
8. "Relief" 2:42
9. "Anything with Teeth" 3:36
10. "These Woods Aren't Safe for Us" 4:53
11. "Portraits" 5:42
12. "Waxed Wings" 4:37
13. "The Western Front" 3:47
14. "Breathe on Glass" 3:37
Total length: 56:04


Bury Tomorrow[11]
  • Dani Winter-Bates – lead vocals (unclean)
  • Mehdi Vismara – lead guitar
  • Jason Cameron – rhythm guitar, vocals (clean)
  • Davyd Winter-Bates – bass guitar
  • Adam Jackson – drums, percussion
Additional personnel[11]
  • Production and mixing – Weller Hill


  1. ^ "Basick Records – Releases – Bury Tomorrow – Portraits". Basick Records. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Bury Tomorrow – The Legacy Agency". Legacy Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Botong Li (28 September 2010). "Bury Tomorrow @ Joiners, Southampton, UK". Rockfreaks.net. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Hannah Mahoney. "Bury Tomorrow – You And I". Southampton Solent University. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bury Tomorrow - Portraits - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net". Absolute Punk.net. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Alex Henderson. "Portraits – Bury Tomorrow | AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Phil Freeman (16 March 2010). "Alternative Press | Reviews | Bury Tomorrow – Portraits". Alternative Press. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bury Tomorrow – Portraits The New Review". The New Review. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rockfreaks.net – Bury Tomorrow – Portraits". Rockfreaks.net. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Bury Tomorrow give a competent if unspectacular performance.". Sputnikmusic. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Portraits (CD insert). Bury Tomorrow. London, UK: Basick Records. 2009.