British metal sextet, Bury Tomorrow, have today released, ‘Boltcutter’, another crushing taste of their forthcoming seventh album, the aptly titled, ‘The Seventh Sun’, will be released on March 31st 2023 on Music For Nations.
Speaking of the track, guitarist Kristan Dawson shares, “from the second we put the finishing touches to Boltcutter, we knew it had to be a single. Whilst it is a fundamental Bury Tomorrow track, being both loud and heavy, it also emphasises the new era of our band.”
“Specifically, it highlights influences we haven’t necessarily channelled through Bury Tomorrow before, and it’s a pleasure to continue to expand the possibilities of our music. It began its existence through Tom crafting the foundations, with an ambient and electronic soundscape, before the rest of the band provided their usual expertise.”
The accompanying video was once again created in collaboration with director Matt Sears, who directed its prequel, ‘Abandon Us’, in the guise of a horror-inspired two-part short film. This time around, the fate of the protagonist is irreversibly established in the heavy-hitting and thought-provoking video. Speaking on the process and continuing collaboration, Dawson enthuses: “Continuing the visual narrative with Matt was an absolute joy, and thanks to his knowledge of horror and unique filmmaking skills, Boltcutter delivers the perfect sequel. It’s another video with a visceral and confronting nature, and we feel it perfectly represents the song and its themes.”
The release of Boltcutter coincides with the band nearing the end of their momentous tour across the UK and Europe, which saw their most extensive routing since pre-pandemic, selling more than 35,000 tickets, with multiple dates completely sold out, and also being able to preview the new single on each night of the tour.
Dawson expands on this by stating: “Considering its weighty riffs and catchy dual vocal hooks, we also knew that Boltcutter was going to be an undeniable addition to future setlists. And for those who have attended recent shows on our tour, they will have already had a sneak preview. We’ve loved being able to preview a single release like this with our fans, and it seems that it has already made an impact with teamBT and we can’t wait for the rest of our wonderful community to hear it.”
It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Sometimes you just need a push to take the plunge. Few people would be greater advocates for this truth than Bury Tomorrow.
Faced 18 months ago, following a period of external and internal strife, with the very real reality that it might be time to pack up their successes and close the book on a storied career of 15 years, with their hands forced and backs to the wall Bury Tomorrow instead picked up fate’s gauntlet and set about writing the chapter they had always imagined.
The Seventh Sun stands as testament to the bonds and belief required to shape themselves a new reality, a new sound, and a new future.
If standalone singles Death (Ever Colder) and Life (Paradise Denied), released little over a month apart earlier this year, gave a first glimpse at what lay instore, then The Seventh Sun amounts to the glorious arrival at a destination in this new era. Not Bury Tomorrow’s final destination, either, you must understand – but one that both perfectly encapsulates their revivified present while offering further tantalising hints at an unwritten future.
This is no beast tamed, but rather one with its teeth and claws sharpened, intent on killing with targeted precision rather than with overwhelming bludgeoning. Refocused yet no more restrained, The Seventh Sun’s expanded sonic palette platforms sky-high melodies, layered with textured atmosphere, cloaking an underlying savagery.
The Seventh Sun
1) The Seventh Sun
2) Abandon Us
3) Begin Again
4) Forced Divide
11) The Carcass King