With only a matter of days to go before the release of Bury Tomorrow’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Runes’, there was a real sense of excitement in Edinburgh as the crowd waited patiently outside Studio 24 for what promised to be a highly energetic night of metal.
First on the bill tonight were UK based hardcore band, Napoleon. Arriving on the stage and seeing an already packed out venue appeared to spook Alex Feggi to begin with, taking a couple of songs to settle into his vocals. Once he got going, however, he was screaming his lungs out while pacing the stage back and forth like a caged animal. There was very little on offer performance wise from the rest of the band however, who remained stationary leaving the front man as the only real focus of attention.
England’s Demoraliser were next up and they instantly ramp up the energy in the room. Providing chugging riffs and breakdown after breakdown they are exactly what the young crowd are craving. With no security in sight, youngsters are soon jumping up onto the stage to stage dive as others crowd surf across to the barrier, to drop down onto the floor, only to do it all again. It’s clear at by this point that everyone is up for a good night and making the most of the only Scottish date on the tour.
Nice of them to stop by Edinburgh…
The band who won the honour of being the main support act seemed to be a strange choice, but one who you couldn’t help but love… even if you weren’t entirely sure what the appeal was. The oddly named, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! hail from France and deliver a mix of pop-punk and hardcore. On paper those two genres should not work but trust me when I say… in reality, it really does. Vocalist Bertrand Poncet makes no excuses for their musical stylings and gives a flawless and energetic performance which gets the crowd bouncing along with him.
They come very close to stealing the show with a cover of ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth, which is enough to convert anyone still dubious about the genre clash.
Finally, it was almost time for Bury Tomorrow to take the stage. After only just recovering from the strange musical experience of watching Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, we were now treated to an interlude of pop classics while the stage was set up. It may have been a slightly odd experience watching metal fans dancing and singing along to tracks such as Taylor Swift’s ‘Never Getting Back Together’, Kesha’s ‘Timber’ and the Black Eyed Peas ‘Lady Lumps’ in the build up to Bury Tomorrow taking the stage, however it was an experience which I can’t say I disliked and after speaking to bassist Davyd earlier on about his love for pop music, it wasn’t totally unexpected. For those who haven’t come across Bury Tomorrow, they are a perfect mix of both clean and screamed vocals, technical guitar work, thunderous drums and the most energetic bass performance you will perhaps ever see live. From the off, obedient fans form circle pits upon request, jump up and down, crowd surf and generally create on of the craziest atmospheres Studio 24 has seen in a while at a gig. It was clear that everyone was in the venue was there to have a good time and the band seemed genuinely appreciative of the response they received.
Bury Tomorrow have proved over the last couple of years that they have really grown as a live act and their packed set was evidence of this. Opening with ‘Man On Fire’ they deliver a set which draws four tracks from their new album, ‘Runes’, whilst not forgetting older fan favourites such as ‘Sceptres’ and ‘You and I’. Half way through the set, the band break into ‘Waxed Wings’ and front-man Daniel requests the crowd to turn to their best friend beside them, put their arm around them and then lift them up onto their shoulders.
Well, the packed out crowd were boviously listening, and as suddenly bodies were being hoisted up towards the ceiling the band look out to the crowd in genuine awe at the reception they are receiving. Towards the end of the night, Bury Tomorrow kick into ‘Royal Blood’ before saying their goodbyes to the Edinburgh crowd and leaving the stage. Youngsters then naively start running out the venue to catch trains, buses or lifts from mummy, before there was a sudden surge of panic as they realise the band were now back onstage for their encore, one of their most famous and meaningful tracks, ‘Lionheart’ from the second album ‘The Union of Crowns’.
After hearing from Davyd earlier in the night what this track means to the band, it was a genuinely beautiful moment watching as 400 people sang the chorus back to the band and one which makes cackblabbath.online think that as long as Bury Tomorrow can continue to deliver shows as passionately as this one, they are only going to keep on getting bigger.