Bury Tomorrow and August Burns Red bring Metalcore goodness of the highest order to Norwich

“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” That’s right, it’s Halloween night, and I couldn’t think of a better and more fitting place to be than at a Metalcore event showcasing some of the best in the business. The LCR in Norwich has hosted the Bury Tomorrow and August Burns Red coheadline tours. 

Bury Tomorrow – August Burns Red – Novelists

The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022

Words and photography: Lawrence Potter

Miss May I and Thornhill had been scheduled to perform on the bill but had to cancel. Luckily, Novelists were quick to accept the offer and, with about a week’s notice, hit the road to join the tour!

Novelists

Novelists. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

The doors to the LCR are opened at 7pm, and the crowd makes their way into what promises to be a great night full of Metalcore goodness. After the usual mooch at the merch booths, Novelists make their way to the stage. The place is packed with skeletons, I might add!

Notable is the fact that Toby, their vocalist, was unable, due to novelists arriving at short notice. Fortunately for the band, Kubrick, a phenomenal replacement, did a fantastic job and put on an amazing performance.

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Novelists. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
Novelists. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

The whole band was amazing and had a lot of energy. Powerful drum beats, powerful low ends, and some beautiful and melodic guitar work are just a few of the highlights. Midway through their set guitarists Florestan Durand & Pierre Danel gave us an amazing guitar battle. These guys are going to do big things in the near future. I hope this tour is the start of many more great shows.

August Burns Red

August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

Next up is the first of our two headline acts, August Burns Red. I’ll admit these guys were the main reason I needed to attend this show. They were one of my favorite bands growing up and I was thrilled to finally see them live.

August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

I even was handed the setlist from guitarist J.B Brubaker, so that’s a win in my book. Before the guys enter the stage, the lights go out and on comes their introduction song, System Of A Down’s Chop Suey! The band performs a more aggressive version and the fans are in full control.

August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

August Burns Red did not phone it in throughout the set. The band was everywhere on stage, releasing hit after hit from their extensive repertoire. To name a few, Meddler, Composure, White Washed and Mariana’s Trench.

August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
August Burns Red. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

The security team was tasked with keeping crowd surfers away from the front. They delivered on all fronts and are why they are considered one of the biggest stars of the scene.

Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

It’s been a rollercoaster of a night so far, and we’re not quite finished yet. After a brief intermission and some horror movie themes by the P.A., I and the other photographer take the position of our second headline band, Bury Tomorrow.

The men arrive dressed in full hazmat attire and burst into Choke. The crowd goes wild and security has to deal with a second wave, as well as several circle pits.

Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

Bury Tomorrow performed some new material from their forthcoming release, The Seventh Sun. It included their new single Abandon Us along with LIFE (Paradise Denied), DEATH (Ever Colder) as well as their earlier hits like Cannibal.

Halfway through, Daniel Winter-Bates, the vocalist decided it was time for him to get out of his hazmat suit and asked for help from the crowd in taking it off. After the band had broken into Black Flame, Daniel made his way into audience. The show was temporarily stopped when an accident occurred in the pit during the song.

Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

The crowd showed great respect for the band and was patient with paramedics as they arrived on the scene. After the situation was attended to, Bury Tomorrow’s frontman gave a few words thanking the crowd for their patience. The show was over.

Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich - 31 October 2022
Bury Tomorrow. The LCR, Norwich – 31 October 2022. Photo by Lawrence Potter/MetalTalk

All things considered, it was a great job by the band to get the energy back up to where it was. After a blistering second set, the guys closed the show with DEATH (Ever Colder) to a roaring crowd.

It was a great showcase by all three bands and highly recommended.

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