Evolution Of Self: Revisiting Bury Tomorrow’s 2012 sophomore metal breakout album, “The Union Of Crowns”

Bury Tomorrow easily stand out among a sea of like-minded metal bands. While you could argue any of their current 5 full-lengths as containing their best material, it’s 2012’s The Union Of Crowns that truly displays their most prolific songs to date. 14 tracks and an almost hour runtime might seem a bit much for a metalcore record, but there’s hardly a moment wasted here.

You really can’t say enough about the dual vocals of Jason Cameron and Dani Winter-Bates. The latter improved tenfold from the Portraits days, and Dani’s vocals still manage to sound raw and unique on tracks like the roaring “Royal Blood”, where he has full control of the song and where he wants it to go sonically. Meanwhile, Jason Cameron sports some of the most dynamic singing in melodic metalcore, going high and low with seemingly little effort expended. Listen to album closer “A Curse”, for instance. It’s a mostly instrumental track but it’s also led by Jason’s voice, proving to be one of the best tracks the band has written, period.

There’s no shortage of full-throttle heaviness, however. For those who love breakdowns and walls of crushing heaviness, there’s the aforementioned “Royal Blood”, as well as “Abdication Of Power”. These songs exhibit a sense of relentless riffs and metal that it’s really difficult for other bands to keep up with their musical proficiency. It’s also a testament to their songwriting skill and obvious penchant for balance that keeps Bury Tomorrow in the upper tier of current metal bands.

With the band’s fifth full-length dropping in July, it’s unknown where it’ll rank among Bury Tomorrow’s discography. And while Portraits, Runes, and 2016’s Earthbound all represent important stepping stones in their discography, it’s The Union Of Crowns that really shows the improvement and evolution that Bury Tomorrow undertook at the time. One of the most impressive modern metal albums, to be sure.