Bury Tomorrow are a British metalcore band formed in 2006 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. The band is composed of five members; lead vocalist Daniel Winter-Bates, rhythm guitarist and singer Jason Cameron, bassist Davyd Winter-Bates, drummer Adam Jackson and lead guitarist Kristan Dawson, who replaced founding guitarist Mehdi Vismara in 2013. Bury Tomorrow have released five studio albums, their most recent being Black Flame, released on 13 July 2018.

Bury Tomorrow
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Bury Tomorrow performing in 2018
Background information
OriginSouthampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Years active2006–present
  • Jason Cameron
  • Adam Jackson
  • Daniel Winter-Bates
  • Davyd Winter-Bates
  • Kristan Dawson
Past members
  • Mehdi Vismara


Formation and debut album Portraits (2006–2010)Edit

The band was formed in 2006 in Hampshire, England, with their initial line-up consisting of rhythm guitarist and singer Jason Cameron, drummer Adam Jackson, lead vocalist Daniel Winter-Bates, bassist Davyd Winter-Bates (his brother) and lead guitarist Mehdi Vismara.[1] The band – despite reading in press that "metalcore" had become a dirty word of such – was adamant to prove that metalcore was still relevant.[2] 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".[2] In 2007, they self-released their debut EP The Sleep of the Innocents.[1] Their debut album Portraits was released through Basick Records in Britain on October 2009.[3] Two music videos were shot to support the release of the album but only one, "You & I", was broadcast on music channels. The music video for "You & I" 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 & I" was broadcast on MTV2 in the United States, Scuzz in the United Kingdom and on Much Music in Canada.[4] Portraits was then released through Artery Recordings on March 2010 in Japan and the United States.[3] Bury Tomorrow toured continuously over the course of 2010, touring across the United States, Europe and Japan.[5] In their tours in 2010, the band supported Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping with Sirens, and Pierce the Veil.[2]

The Union of Crowns and Vismara's departure (2011–2013)Edit

Bury Tomorrow's vocalists Jason Cameron (left) and Dani Winter-Bates (right) performing in 2012

In 2011, the band felt a 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 the label was trying to manipulate them and change them into something they were not by suggesting they should incorporate more electronic elements into their style.[6][7][2] While they rejected moving as they had little experience in the country; communication broke down between them 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.[6][7] The only person that remained in their team was their British agent, and she was quoted as saying: "Nobody wants to touch you. No bands even want to take us on tour."[7] The band was so low on money that they couldn't even afford to go to the studio to record the album they had written in 2011.[7] Their agent managed to get them performances at Slam Dunk Festival and Ghostfest in Leeds.[2] At this point Bury Tomorrow's members had such a lack of confidence in the band's future that they believed these would be their final shows.[7]

Their performances at these festivals were met with a positive response from fans, which restored a lot of their lost confidence.[8] At Ghostfest, Bury Tomorrow met their future band manager who suggested that they shelf the album they had been writing. Instead, they wrote and recorded "Lionheart", the first single for what would later become their second album, released on 8 September 2011 and accompanied by a music video released on 13 September.[8] Bury Tomorrow supported British metalcore band While She Sleeps in October, with a follow up UK headline tour in December.[9][10][11] On 6 December, two days before the band started the headline tour, a video was released for their single "Royal Blood", directed by Thomas Welsh. "Royal Blood" was later broadcast on Radio 1 on Christmas Eve during its daytime programme.[8]

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 album's release. Starting on 18 March by headlining Southampton's Takedown Festival, they went on to support Of Mice & Men and appear at Hit The Deck Festival in April before appearing at Greenfield Festival on 17 June and at Ghostfest in Leeds on 30 June.[12][13][14] In April 2012, Bury Tomorrow announced that they had signed to Nuclear Blast and confirmed the album art, track listing and release date of their second album, The Union of Crowns. The band said that signing to the new record label allowed them to record it the way they wanted to, which they wouldn't be able to do with their old label, Artery Recordings.[15] The album was recorded in Ridgeway Sound Studio in Wantage and was released on 13 July in Europe, 16 July in the United Kingdom and 17 July in the United States.[16]

Two singles were released in 2012 to promote The Union of Crowns: "An Honourable Reign", which was premiered on BBC Radio 1 and "Knight Life".[17][18] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 6 on the Rock & Metal Chart, and in the United States, it peaked at number 25 on the Top Heatseekers chart and sold 1,062 copies in its first week.[19][20] Bury Tomorrow played a single date on 10 July at the Camden Underworld supporting I Killed the Prom Queen on their European tour, before appearing at Hevy Music Festival in early August.[21][22] They also toured Britain with Architects in November alongside Deez Nuts and The Acacia Strain. This tour was wrapped around both Bury Tomorrow's and Architects' appearance at UK Warped Tour, including at Alexandra Palace in London on 10 November 2012.[23][24]

In late January 2013, the band announced that lead guitarist Mehdi Vismara had left Bury Tomorrow and that Kristan Dawson would assume his position. They described Dawson as a much more technical and riff-heavy guitarist, saying that this compliments the band's stylistic ideas for their third album.[25] In February, the band supported The Ghost Inside on the "Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour" across the UK.[26] Vocalist Dani Winter-Bates made a guest appearance on the song "Broken Lights" from Heart in Hand's album Almost There, which was released on 11 February.

Drummer Adam Jackson at Summerblast Festival 2014

Bury Tomorrow ended the promotion of The Union of Crowns in 2013 after appearing at several festivals, including Slam Dunk, Download, Greenfield, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Summerjam, Schools Out, Pell Mell and SummerBlast, as well as touring both in the UK in September and outside of the UK.[27][28][29][25] Rock Sound praised their performance at Leeds Festival, writing: "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."[30] Bury Tomorrow then went to the United States in October to write and record their third album.[25][28]

Arrival of Dawson and Runes (2014–2015)Edit

Lead guitarist Kristan Dawson (left) and bassist Davyd Winter-Bates (right) at Summerblast Festival 2014

On 6 January 2014, Bury Tomorrow announced the release of a third studio album, titled Runes, on 26 May through Nuclear Blast, as well as the release of an exclusive track from the album, titled "Watcher", which premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show at midnight on 6 January.[31] They also announced a headline European tour with Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Demoraliser and Napoleon, taking place in May.[32][33] The music video for the first single from Runes titled "Man on Fire" was released on 25 February, followed on 13 May by "Of Glory".[34][35] The album itself was made available for exclusive streaming by Rock Sound on 21 May 2014 a few days before its release on 26 May.[36]

By 1 June 2014, it had reached number 1 on the official UK Rock chart and number 34 in the official UK Album chart.[citation needed] Later in June, the band announced another European headline tour, set for October, with support from Hands Like Houses, In Hearts Wake and Slaves.[37] In February 2015, they toured the UK with Don Broco, We Are the In Crowd and Beartooth as part of that year's Kerrang! Tour.[38]

Earthbound (2016–2017)Edit

Bury Tomorrow live at Summer Breeze Open Air in 2016

While performing at Slam Dunk North 2015, Bury Tomorrow announced that they had just finished working on their fourth full-length album, but did not reveal when it will be released.[39] At Reading and Leeds Festival 2015, they debuted the first song from the album.[citation needed] On 1 November, they officially released the song, titled "Earthbound" and accompanied by a music video.[40] Their fourth album, also titled Earthbound, was released worldwide on 29 January 2016 via Nuclear Blast.[citation needed] On 15 February 2016, Bury Tomorrow signed to UPRAWR Music Publishing.[41]

In an interview with Dead Press! on 15 April 2017, frontman Dani confirmed that the band had written some of the follow-up to Earthbound and that they plan on recording at some point later in the year.[42] In the same interview, he also disclosed that the band intend to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Portraits in some way once it comes about in 2019.

On 27 October 2017, the band left Nuclear Blast and confirmed their signing with Sony Music and Music for Nations.[43] During the months of October and November, the band headlined their "Stage Invasion" tour with metalcore band Loathe as their support act.[44]

Black Flame and Cannibal (2018–present)Edit

Bury Tomorrow announced the new album, Black Flame, on 13 April 2018 and the album was released on 13 July 2018.[45]

In an Instagram Q&A with their fans, guitarist/vocalist Jason Cameron confirmed that a new album will be released in 2020.[46] On 29 November 2019, the band released the lead single of their upcoming album titled "The Grey (VIXI)" and its corresponding music video.[47] On 10 January 2020, the band released the second single and title track "Cannibal" along with an accompanying music video. That same day, the band revealed the tracklist, album's official artwork and announced that their new upcoming sixth studio album Cannibal is set for release on 3 April 2020.[48]

Musical styleEdit

Bury Tomorrow have been described as metalcore,[1][49][50][51] melodic metalcore,[1][30][52][53][54] and post-hardcore.[1][55] AllMusic writer Gregory Heaney wrote: "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."[1] Vocalist Daniel Winter-Bates has stated that he likes the ability of his band to go "heavier" and "lighter" with ease.[56] This is reinforced through vocal styles, in a manner typical of many metalcore bands; whereas Winter-Bates performs a harsh mix of screaming and growling, guitarist Jason Cameron contrasts this with melodic singing, usually in the chorus of a song.

The band has referred to older metalcore bands as their primary source of influence, with Metal Hammer journalist Merlin Alderslade commenting on their style by 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."[7] Prior to the release of their third album, Runes, Bury Tomorrow have said that it is going to be more technical, "old school" and in line with artists like As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage than their previous releases.[25]





Studio albums


On 7 May 2014, it was announced that Bury Tomorrow had been nominated for the 'Best British Newcomer' award at the 2014 Kerrang! Awards.[57]


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