Bury Tomorrow: Cannibal (Music For Nations)

Sixth Album From Metalcore’s Leading Lights Gives Us A Reason To Get Out Of Bed…

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel absolutely delighted to wake up in the morning. Maybe the world seems too crazy, maybe all the things I want to achieve seem even more unachievable than usual, or maybe I just know that it’s going to be one of those days: there’ll be no peanut butter left in the jar, no clean socks to wear, nowhere to sit on the bus. On days like these I definitely need records as huge as Bury Tomorrow’s Cannibal. Like all my favourite albums – Taylor Swift: Lover, Bring Me The Horizon: That’s The Spirit, Against The Current: In Our Bones etc. – it motivates me to get out of bed.

Without records like Cannibal, I might forget that nobody ever gets anywhere by lying around and feeling sorry for themselves. This is Bury Tomorrow’s sixth album and it’s their best yet – for years, the Southampton boys have been working like madmen in order to create a collection of songs this electrifying. My unachievable dreams aren’t going to get any more achievable unless I keep striving in the way Dani Winter-Bates and co. have been striving. No matter how often I look, I’m not going to find my perfect life lurking under my duvet.

Not that Bury Tomorrow simply remind me that I’ve actually got to do something if I want to get anywhere – they also give me the strength to believe that my dreams might come true. Or at least that my nightmares won’t devour me whole. The entire Cannibal record is in some way about Winter-Bates facing his own nightmares. And, yes, it’s dark, and yes, it’s heavy – but so is life.

Bury Tomorrow, though, remind us that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Their luminescent choruses rise from the mire like a post-apocalyptic morning sun – again demonstrating that even when the world might seem like it’s ending, it’s worth getting out of bed. Even if there’s nothing to put on your toast, even if you have to wear shoes without socks, even if you have to walk to school in the pouring rain. Keep pushing forwards and someday you might have your own Cannibal moment – your own moment when you start changing other people’s lives, the way Taylor Swift, BMTH, ATC – and now Bury Tomorrow – have changed mine.

Cannibal is out through Music For Nations right now.