This has been my first post in ages! How time flies. 2013 was a fantastic year for music and so far in my opinion 2014 doesn’t seem to have as much promise. However a few releases loom on the horizon that get me quite excited. Runes by British metalcore crew Bury Tomorrow is one of them. The Southampton based 5 piece exploded onto the scene with their second album Union of Crowns which was accessible yet heavy enough to appease various fan demographics and their third album aims to continue from the success of that record.
Man on Fire is the second song released from Runes after The Watcher which I thoroughly enjoyed. As the song title suggests there is a lot of fire in the video, and we can all agree that fire is awesome. Fortunately they didn’t actually set anyone on fire…as well that is illegal.
The song starts with a tense guitar passage which comes to life when the rest of the band kicks in. The production is very, very clear crisp, letting each instrument to shine respectively. Daniel Winter-Bates’ screams sound angrier than ever and drive the song forward nicely. At times during the verse there is a tinge of Killswitch Engage in a few of the riffs which reinforces statements from the band which say this album will be more technical and riff orientated.
One of my minor complaints from the song is the transition from verse to chorus. Yes the band cut is cool and it gives the start of the chorus more orientated, it doesn’t do anything to dispel the metalcore stereotype of the jarring transition between screaming verse and singing chorus. However on the plus side the quality of the singing is very good, it has to be said that Jason Cameron’s cleans are probably some of the best in the genre and god damn it is incredibly catchy.
The breakdown includes quite a tasty riff, although I’d have preferred a slightly different note choice, but that is just me. This section flows well to a recurrence of the verse before fading out with the intro riff.
All in all, a very solid track that shows the progression the band have made and will cement them as one of the most popular UK metal bands. Whilst it seems I’ve been critical of this track as it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, I don’t believe it needs to. No doubts about it this is metalcore of a very high standard, and I am looking forward to May when Runes is released through Nuclear Blast.
I give Man on Fire 3.5 out of 5 stars