Bury Your Dead
It's Nothing Personal


2.5
average

Review

by withALMONDS USER (12 Reviews)
May 24th, 2009 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's like Killswitch Engage only less obviously trying to rip off the Death By Stereo vocalist. If that sounds appealing, go ahead and give it a listen.

While I wasn't one of the few anxiously waiting for Bury Your Dead's newest release: It's Nothing Personal, I had happened to stumble upon it earlier, and decided to check it out to see if the group had managed to pull themselves out of the rut their previous release put them in. The short answer: not even a little bit.

The first track off the album, Hurting Not Helping, starts off with a very poor attempt at sounding 'brutal', heavy blast beats (Mark Castillo), chugging guitars (Brendan MacDonald, Chris Towning), almost machine-like bass (Aaron "Bubble" Patrick), and a very noticeable melody on top of it all. Not even 1 minute in, we're greeted by Myke Terry singing away, further solidifying the group's position in the 'MTV2 metal' genre. Without You sounds almost exactly the same as the first track up until the vocals start, where we're yet again given the displeasure of listening to Terry try to put out beautiful vocals while accompanied by painfully repetitive chugging and beats. Now, his vocals aren't awful by any stretch of the imagination, they're just.. not good. Trying to go from a ballad like sing, to a metal scream, to a metalcore growl, and straight back to another attempt at singing just doesn't work as well as they're trying to make it. If the members of the band tried to vary up their instrument work even a little bit, it might be better, but every song seems to be a 3 or 4 minute blast of the exact same thing with slightly varying vocals.

Broken Body offers about 10 seconds of relief with the drums starting out before everything else, but right as you hit the ten second mark, everyone else joins in and repeats the exact same fifteen seconds for the rest of the song. Terry's clean singing does sound a bit better in this song that the previous two attempts, but before you really get a chance to appreciate it, he throws you back into his 'brutal growls'

"Sorrow has become my only friend again
I know, I will fail you in the end"

These are the only two lines he sings, and repeats them about 3 times throughout the song. This really leaves you wishing he would stop trying to mix screaming, growling, and singing and just focus on one. As the album went on, despite getting more melodic, every song still manages to be every member repeating the same fifteen seconds of songwriting throughout every track, never letting up until a 'breakdown', if you can call it that starts up, or another ballad-like chorus comes around.

The album continued like this for a few more tracks, only to be followed by Swan Song. I'm not sure why the beginning of this one stood out so much, but for some reason, I wasn't forcing myself to pay attention to this one as much as I had to with every other second of every other track. Maybe it was the fact that his singing stood out more here than the rest of the album up to this point, maybe it was because the guitar wasn't mindless chugging again, I'm not sure, but something about this track stood out. But just to avoid making anyone think they actually have potential or a desire to better themselves musically, the breakdowns start, and the ear raping growling attempts came into audibility. Lion's Den, and Legacy of Ashes continue with a slowing down of the failed attempts at brutality, and close the album with Closed Eyes and Enough. Closed Eyes, an almost 5 minute mix of doom, post, and even sludge metal gets followed up by a 1 minute long track featuring nothing but the piano that seems to have been added on because the outfit didn't think their album was mainstream accessible enough already.

Overall, It's Nothing Personal brings nothing new to the table, does nothing to stand out from the other metalcore clones, and will probably only appeal to the MTV2 crowd, and the easily pleased.



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withALMONDS
May 24th 2009


214 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There's a few leaks of this out there, so if you want to give this a listen before it actually comes out, it shouldn't be too hard to find.

Wizard
May 24th 2009


19402 Comments


While I wasn't one of the few members of Bury Your Dead anxiously waiting for their newest release:

Was anybody?

and [i] and Legacy of Ashes continue

Trying to code something italics? hahaha

Review sounds like a 2/5. Good read though. Saw these guys live and I pooped my pants in laughter.


Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

BallsToTheWall
May 24th 2009


44360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What da frick? A new BYD in 2009? I'll keep with Killswitch though, BYD lost their magic when Bruso left. Good review but

A Boston/Massachusets meathead hardcore band notable for putting some guy into a hospital with a car jack to the head is finally putting out clean vocals? That shit is hard to believe.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

withALMONDS
May 24th 2009


214 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

whoops haha

fixed the italic mistake, and yeah the band as a whole just seems laughable

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2009


17213 Comments


i was thinking of reviewing this the other day, but got bored a couple songs in and never finished the album

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

Exile29
May 24th 2009


168 Comments


Myke actually does all the old songs extremely well live, I can attest to that.

I just wish that they would stop trying to shake things up a bit and stick to what they do best. They've lost all their fun and became too serious. That was what made Bury Your Dead to me...yeah, you knew what was coming, you knew it was lots of chugging, lots of breakdowns, all tough-guy vocals and Bruso looking like a "straight-up gangsta." But it was fun. Now it's just...not. =[

burnafterbreeding
May 24th 2009


1466 Comments



Myke actually does all the old songs extremely well live, I can attest to that.


qft.

marksellsuswallets
May 24th 2009


4848 Comments


Howard Jones was singing with Blood Has Been Shed at basically the same time Death By Stereo started up, so the summary brings me to copious loling.

withALMONDS
May 24th 2009


214 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

DON'T YOU SWING YOUR LOGIC IN MY DIRECTION

marksellsuswallets
May 24th 2009


4848 Comments


These guys were better when they were just drop A breakdowns with no melody...at least it was just harmless fun then.

YouAreMySilence
May 24th 2009


3727 Comments


This sounds soooo bad.

Pebster49
May 25th 2009


2992 Comments


These guys have been bad since they lost their singer, but to be fair the singer isn't really the problem...

KYZAR
May 25th 2009


513 Comments


massive suck. Though i WILL give the new KSE album a listen.

xequalscore
May 27th 2009


437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's like Sevendust but, not as good.

DAVECATAZ
June 2nd 2009


101 Comments


"I SEE YOU'RE WEAK! -chug chug- DID YOU SEE THAT WE WERE STRONG?!"

I miss that stuff...

zrosschristian
June 5th 2009


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

After listening to this album, I can now officially say that I am done following this band.

This album is awful, can't even call this metalcore. This is secularcore.

What happened to the old BYD? Well, one things for sure, this band has gone mainstream. It's sad how none, or hardly any of their roots are shown on this album.

Burnyourface
June 12th 2009


223 Comments


I always thought that this was a band that didnt have room for selling out in their simple but effective formula from the first three discs. the last disc was a huge bummer and i was hoping that maybe they caught enough sh*t over it to go back to what they do best. but i guess being an MTV2 flavor of the week probably pays better than a brutal reputation. but hatebreed has stuck to their guns and has managed to do well, regardless of wether or not you like their last couple albums, they're stylistically the same

Nikkolae
June 12th 2009


4848 Comments


@ zrosschirstian

old BYD died when the last vocalist left, i liked a song or two of the previous album, but they are really bad bad now, though i dont think it's cos they went mainstream

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

hybridstigmata
June 12th 2009


169 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This is absolutely horrible.

MTTS
June 13th 2009


69 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can't sit through this at all. I was so disappointed. I actually liked the last two albums alright. This one killed me to listen to. Made me think of Mudvayne and Slipknot...blahhh!



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