Bury Your Dead
Bury Your Dead


2.5
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Review

by asaf USER (13 Reviews)
August 21st, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What happened? If you didn't like "Beauty.." I understand your resentment, but what about those of us who did?

What happened to bury your dead? Yeah, they got a new singer… but that isn’t it. Slim and Mark still write songs on a practice amp and an electronic drum set at their parents house. So what the hell happened? The attitude behind the instruments is still there. Hmm. Could it be that there are only so many ways to write a decent two-stepping jig? Have the Godfathers outdone themselves with their previous efforts?

Maybe all their songs that had been “re-recorded” from the You Had Me era to the Cover Your Tracks album were their prime. Of course BYD has never been one to reject musical maturity. They have progressed from a tough-guy HXC act into a dominating, highly influential powerhouse of the extremely aggressive hardcore scene. BATB was an unbelievable effort that showed growth, progression, both lyrically and chemically within the band. However, on their new self-titled effort it seems as if the ballads that Mark participated in on BTBAM’s Silent Circus effort have completely eclipsed their attempts. You will find that in this outing every song sounds like a rehashed Magnolia. Fool’s Gold, Year One, Angel with a Dirty Face. The list goes on and on. I once read an article that stated that BYD is a cross between Crowbar and Sevendust. In this album I think the tints of style are definitely there and BYD is definitely ‘in the vain of’ the aforementioned. Not only in the identical formality of the black singer, but in the way he inserted singing hymns that go into chugs, such as Dust to Dust (the albums ending ballad). Where Bruso used to scream over the strums newbie Myke lets the Lajon ring through the halls of a scene that has been fossilized ages ago. Of course, it is solid production and awesome beats and all is carried so well by Castillo’s drums as always. The production of the drums is exceptional on this record and hint at a new drum set once again. The element of a lead guitar is introduced on Year One, which completely caught me off guard. Could it be Slim letting loose after his former stints in Blood Has Been Shed and Hamartia, both aggro-progressive outfits? No! Its's Mark Tremonti!

We have never seen this light of BYD and I do not think we are ready for it. The progression is too sudden for a band of this stature. Two discs were sisters, the other a big brother, and this one a retarded child produced by incest. Still, I must say, the album is sexy-good times. However, I find it hard to believe that it is the same band at all. The anger fused melodies and intros on the previous efforts are so aggressive that it is hard to tune into the breakdowns and emotion contained within this self-titled outing.

Of course it is a solid performance and a great contribution to the bands discography, but the other songs on the three previous albums were so aggressive that it was almost childish in a manner that made you laugh at how accurate and ridiculous the lyrics and songs were regarding certain emotions.

Although it is a great disc, the band seems to have swayed from their clinical roots that made them so timeless. Bury your Dead has finally gotten the top shelf mint production they deserve and the maturity of the collection is clearly evident. A fine-tuning that I think came too late. Either way, put on your dancing shoes, its time to rock.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
asaf
August 21st 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the format looks like hell. what did i do wrong?

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2008


2675 Comments


Nothing really - a straight copy/paste job from Word doesn't translate well to the site. I fixed it up for you. Just make sure to fix it in future reviews and you'll be alright.

botb
August 21st 2008


9677 Comments


Myke, the new vocalist is fucking intense. he used to play for a band that played around where i live and i saw him before he went off to do vox for byd.

asaf
August 21st 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice. so when i put it into word for spell check should i just edit the text in the text field?

Burnyourface
September 5th 2008


223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really agree with your review... the music is solidly performed, i actually do like the new singers voice, and if this was a radio rock band i would rate this cd higher, because its like 7dust on roids, but 7dust on roids is STILL not the destructive hardcore that BYF'ND was on previous releases... this is one of the last bands i ever expected to have dare i say.... emo parts? (((shudder)))

hybridstigmata
November 14th 2008


169 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is their best cd yet. You are crazy.

Bleak123
November 14th 2008


1902 Comments


no this is poor, really poor

Captain North
November 14th 2008


6787 Comments


That's weird, when I copy and paste from word nothing goes wrong.

asaf
November 14th 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if you think this is better than their cover your tracks years you are a total maniac.

Burnyourface
December 9th 2008


223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i always just put these guys into a similar catagory as hatebreed, i figured, well, at least you never have to worry about THESE guys going for "radio friendly" sound, they built their name on being brutal for sake of it. and i personally dug them for it. even though they were never technically breathtaking i think people liked this band for the fact that they aimed to be crushing ALL the time. don't know if your laughing with me or at me for that quote but at least you enjoyed it on some level

Blindsided
February 19th 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is so so. I really liked Dust to Dust and Year One. Hands to Hide The Shame was mediocre too.

eleventhsun
February 19th 2009


1475 Comments


I listen to this cd when I go to kickboxing, its very energetic, not as good as Beauty. But its simple, and to the point. Not the best album ever, but it actually is fun to listen to for energy. Its not a 4 in the big scale of music, but compared to themselves, and other similar bands, I give it a 4.This Message Edited On 02.19.09

Tillius
March 29th 2009


90 Comments


I've been checking this out because my friend's band has a show with them in April. It's an okay album I guess. I think I've really just fallen out of metal.

Spec
July 23rd 2012


27170 Comments


The album is alright.



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