"Beauty and the Breakdown" (Victory; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Hardcore by way of nu-metal, the much maligned Massachusetts crew Bury Your Dead continues to gain momentum, as spots on the Family Values trek and their new 11-track disc, "Beauty and the Breakdown," suggest. This time around, it's all about the nursery rhymes, not Tom Cruise flicks, for the song titles attached to these electronica-induced chugga-chugga industrially heavy cacophonies. Tracks like "House of Straw," "Mirror, Mirror," and "House of Brick" actually mimic the aggro assault and technical prowess of Korn (if the freaks on a leash decided to garnish more street cred and hardcore it up, that is). 

The band has declared itself numerous times as a fun unit that would rather be goofy that gritty and their slick replication of Fear Factory's battering, coupled with the aesthetic to wreak havoc like the decadent hair metal era, has captured the attention span of the new crop of kids. 

Perhaps the kids are on to something? Or is it because this disc is one gigantic 34-minute breakdown broken down into eleven songs? You decide. 

For more information, check out www.weareburyyourdead.com

"You Had Me at Hello" (Alveran / Eulogy Recordings; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

"You Had Me At Hello" is the debut CD from Bury Your Dead. "You Had Me At Hello" contains ten tracks of efficient hardcore/metalcore with typical verse-chorus-breakdown (repeat as necessary) shapes and forms. While efficient and pummeling, "You Had Me At Hello" doesn't break any new ground either. Depending on who you are, this is either the CD's best feature or its worst. Personally, I've been waiting for a hardcore/metalcore band to truly knock me off my socks ... and I'm still waiting. But for those of you who like nothing better than a band that sticks to the tried and true, then Bury Your Dead's "You Had Me At Hello" is right up your alley.

Bury Your Dead have at least a little sliver of originality as the band is the only hardcore band that seems to have mixed a decidedly Max Cavelera (Sepultura/Soulfly) vocal style into the hardcore style.

Hardcore fanatics simply have to have "You Had Me At Hello" in their collections.

For more information, check out www.weareburyyourdead.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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