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Bury Your Dead Beauty and the Breakdown


01. House Of Straw 02. A Glass Slipper 03. The Poison Apple 04. Twelfth Stroke Of Midnight 05. Trail Of Crumbs 06. A Wishing Well 07. Let Down Your Hair 08. Mirror, Mirror... 09. Second Star To The Right 10. ...The Enchanted Rose 11. House Of Brick
2006 Victory Records
Our score 5

8/7/2006

So here they are, the Massachussetts "hardcore" band that started off primarily as a fun joke, on top of Victory's priority releases after having sold roughly 90k of their 2004 shocker Cover Your Tracks. For fans of certain members' previous bands Piecemeal and Hamartia, it was obvious from the start that Bury Your Dead were dumbing down their abilities as players for the sake of creating heavy, entertaining hardcore tinged with metal. But when drummer Mark Castillo returned for his second stint after a run with Between The Buried And Me, Bury Your Dead caught fire and have been burning it up ever since. They are one of those bands where the more they're hated, the bigger they seem to become, following a joke-band-to-hardcore-gods career path not unlike what we have witnessed Throwdown enjoy. So what does this all mean Precisely that their new album, Beauty and the Breakdown, had to be even catchier and more over-the-top than their previous albums for the band to keep getting bigger. Getting bigger will take a bigger leap of faith this time though, because the songs on Beauty and the Breakdown suggest the band taking a serious approach at songwriting for the first time in their short history. Bury Your Dead have at last written songs that make sense to the untrained ear, which is the key to appealing to a larger fanbase. On prior albums, their songs changed tempos capriciously and regularly sprayed the listener (and bedroom mosher) with absurd double-bass patterns. While Castillo has only slightly tamed his drum patterns this time around, the band's tempo shifts are much less challenging than on Cover Your Tracks, which may turn off some fans previously attracted to their hardcore-on-uppers songwriting style. Admittedly though, the Morrisound Studios-recorded drums sound warmer and less clicky than on Cover Your Tracks. "Twelfth Stroke Of Midnight" and "Trail Of Crumbs" are songs that benefit from the deeper bass drum sound provided to Castillo on Beauty and the Breakdown. With a 2005 summer tour playing alongside Will Smith's wife's band Wicked Wisdom under their belts and an opening slot for Korn upcoming, their "threatening, intense, volatile hardcore in the vein of Hatebreed, Pantera and Killswitch Engage!" (as the oversized sticker on Cover Your Tracks described them) evidently struck a chord with heavy music fans. The songs on Beauty and the Breakdown do away with much of the aggressive hardcore influences and time changes that remained on their Victory debut, and instead rely on more palatable down-tuned riffs backed by basic 4/4 rhythms. On opener "House Of Straw" and next song "A Glass Slipper," similarities can be drawn to nu-metal bands like Nothingface, Spineshank, and Slaves On Dope. These bands that came in at the tail end of nu-metal's popularity, enjoying a touch of success before fading away, used a formula not unlike Bury Your Dead use on their new album. Seeing as those bands originated in the nu-metal underground rather than hardcore, they took themselves much more seriously in every aspect of their music. This inability to adapt foretold their downfalls, so I find it curious that Bury Your Dead would adopt an essentially mid-paced nu-metal sound after having carved out a niche for themselves as a hardcore band. Many of the songs recall moshier moments of Slipknot's self-titled and Iowa albums, or Martyr AD's On Earth As It Is In Hell album which sounded a lot like Slipknot to boot, and did in that once-promising band swiftly enough. Does a similar fate await Bury Your Dead To have uniformly slowed the tempos on Beauty and the Breakdown, the band had to have been extremely confident and surely they expect their fanbase only to grow as a result. But I would have liked a faster, more unpredictable album and in time we shall see by virtue of record sales if I'm alone in this regard. Aside from the neo-melodic, punky "The Poison Apple" (this album's version of "Magnolia" on Cover Your Tracks), the upbeat "Mirror, Mirror...," and the closest Bury Your Dead have come to writing a ballad with "House Of Brick," the songs on Beauty and the Breakdown are not as interesting as their older material. Bottom Line: I know they started off as a fun joke, so as a result they have the convenience of falling back on that motivation anytime criticism is leveled at them. Naming every song on Beauty and the Breakdown after fairytales shows their unbridled sense of humor, and what started as a satire on Cover Your Tracks (with its songs named after Tom Cruise movies) will surely become a tradition that the band sticks to so long as they're active. One tradition they are not sticking to however is that of hardcore. Very little of it remains on Beauty and the Breakdown, making for somewhat of a monotone but nevertheless heavy product.

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Walter_ 8/7/2006 10:08:01 PM

you my friend have shit between your ears.


misu_ 8/7/2006 10:13:15 PM

i actually agree with this review...pretty f*cking accurate


mefuckyeah_ 8/7/2006 10:27:57 PM

Pig Destroyer changed my life


JB_ 8/7/2006 10:34:17 PM

Everything this guy says I agree with. However, he cannot write worth a f*cking shit. wow


hxcobd_ 8/7/2006 10:48:31 PM

Oh come the f*ck on, Gluck, this shit has not a TINGE of motherf*cking nu-metal to it


Josh Trustkill_ 8/7/2006 10:58:41 PM

more like bury your gays


charles_ 8/7/2006 11:23:33 PM

they always a nu-metal kind of sound in the guitars, especially on cover you tracks. and i dont think the songs structures were ever compicated at all... i will admit though things are more 4/4 this time around.. i dont think the cd sounds anyless hardcore then the other ones though... i prefer cover your tracks... but i still like the new one .


ems_ 8/7/2006 11:35:12 PM

this did indeed remind me of slipknot... however Martyr ad "on earth as it is in hell" does not remind me of slipknot at all.


truthsayer_ 8/7/2006 11:50:06 PM

"Martyr AD's On Earth As It Is In Hell album which sounded a lot like Slipknot to boot" - w..what? You were doing so well up to this point, too.


bbbbb_ 8/7/2006 11:53:50 PM

i expected no less from lambgoat. & as soon as i saw the review had 12 paragraphs, i knew it was gluck. enjoyable disc. every recognizable hardcore band that gets reviewed on the goat is an automatic 5/10.


Gluck_ 8/8/2006 12:21:21 AM

First off, these might be hardcore dudes but BYD is not hardcore. Second, thrash beats and Slayer breaks aside, Martyr AD's second album has a nu-metal crunch to it that is similar to this album. Hoarse, dry screams, very prominent low end, downtuned guitars. The comparisons are there if you look for them.


bbbbb_ 8/8/2006 12:40:42 AM

hahaha i never knew Martyr AD sounded like Disturbed. And your review still sucked. defend yourself some more and cry you shitbag.


bbbbb_ 8/8/2006 12:45:17 AM

oh and "Hoarse, dry screams, very prominent low end, downtuned guitars." ...Mr Pay Attention to Detail.. you can name a band from every genre of heavy music that sounds that way.


JB_ 8/8/2006 12:52:12 AM

I dig the new record. I think it's better than Cover Your Tracks, but its def got a nu-metal vibe. Didnt Cover Your Tracks as well? This is what I was expecting, and I'm into it.


xnvb_ 8/8/2006 1:31:19 AM

Comparing Bury Your Dead and Martyr AD to Slipknot and Spineshank? What a f*cking moron, quit trying to bash the band and make jokes and write coherent reviews you belligerent twit. BYD is f*cking fun, I don't care what anyone says.


Jada Pinkett-Smith_ 8/8/2006 1:49:28 AM

terible cd guys good luck nex t time -jada


wizardsbeard_ 8/8/2006 2:26:02 AM

please bring back Hamartia.


thereapersson_ 8/8/2006 5:29:59 AM

This is the first gluck review that actually makes sense


The Beast_ 8/8/2006 5:48:43 AM

My name goes in that title bitchasses! But alas; this is actually a good CD, and Gluck is a f*cking moron. Comparing Martyr AD and this CD to Slipknot? I could see where you'd POSSIBLY compare this CD to nu-metal, it has the very lightest touches of it, but nothing like the "moshier parts of Slipknot", what a f*cking idiot. This CD was a pretty big step for this band actually. The production is smoother (the drums sound less triggered than they did on "Cover your Tracks"), the timing is ti


anonymous 8/8/2006 8:18:23 AM

i tried to like this CD...it didn't work. This shit is just plain boring.


xnvb FALLS INTO THE TRAP_ 8/8/2006 9:49:51 AM

BYD is f*cking fun, I don't care what anyone says. posted by xnvb () on 8/8/2006 1:31:19 AM "Bottom Line: I know they started off as a fun joke, so as a result they have the convenience of falling back on that motivation anytime criticism is leveled at them"


yousuck_ 8/8/2006 9:54:01 AM

shit f*cking band.


snails_ 8/8/2006 10:09:17 AM

no care


br0-_ 8/8/2006 11:03:13 AM

im glad im not the only one who thought that Martyr AD album sounded like Slipknot. Shitty album


efyourbrokencouch_ 8/8/2006 1:52:11 PM

This cd is a little more fun to listen to than "Cover Your Tracks". The songs are somewhat longer (or atleast seem that way). I wouldn't compare this or Martyr AD to crappy bands such as Spineshank and Slipknot though.. I don't think they should be compared.


Colonel Mustard_ 8/8/2006 2:52:29 PM

I thought this review was spot on...although it deserved a 7 instead. Half of this CD is awesome the other half is just blah...especially the last 2 songs....pretty much filler. This band has definately leaned towards a numetal sound more than their last album which i could listen to straight through. I like the new stuff they mixed it up with on B&B but it is way less complex than their last cd. I just miss the days when i'd see them at DIY clubs for cheap now if I want to see them I have t


monarchy_ 8/8/2006 6:38:53 PM

has some good points but i still dig this cd.


Will Smith_ 8/8/2006 7:52:32 PM

whats up boyz killer cd yo, check out my new efilm badboys 3


anonymous 8/8/2006 8:17:49 PM

"neo-melodic punky" STFU Gluck you douche. Shit band shit review no care ever


Smith, William_ 8/8/2006 9:38:01 PM

^^^ u wan get shot?


Uncle Phil_ 8/8/2006 9:48:03 PM

WILLL!!!!!?


Carleton_ 8/8/2006 9:48:46 PM

Easy there big guy


Philip Banks_ 8/8/2006 9:55:38 PM

VIVIAN!!!!!


anonymous 8/9/2006 12:10:55 AM

gluck is the worst canadian at LG, and shat and tima post here


zero_x_potential_ 8/9/2006 12:47:22 AM

I enjoy BYD and this CD (though not as much as the last one).. but I'm gay so what do I know?


Judge Philip Banks_ 8/9/2006 1:59:02 AM

VIVIAN!!!!


CuntSnot_ 8/9/2006 2:06:04 AM

Great band but shittastic CD... I have no hope for the future of this band


james_ 8/9/2006 2:23:03 AM

gluck does have a point--even though cover your tracks did have some nu-metal aspects (really just the guitar sound), it was still hardcore in that it was f*cking relentless with its pace and never stopped moving. this one, which is still a pretty decent record, was obviously written with a larger audience in mind, and you can tell with some of the riffs and tempos on here (i.e.--the opening riff on number 4...had that been on "you had me at hello", the tempo would've been cut in half. instead,


anaturaldisaster_ 8/9/2006 3:01:57 AM

Say what you will this album is catchy and heavy as f*ck. Definite nu-metal influence, but I couldn't give two f*cks.


yeahyouwould_ 8/9/2006 10:16:37 AM

hahahhahahah this band sucks


Jeffrey_ 8/9/2006 2:03:06 PM

William...


Excpt_ 8/10/2006 12:35:29 AM

Emo = butt-rock for the millenium. How is it that the guys are cuter than their girlfriends?


Cop Killer_ 8/10/2006 3:52:16 AM

not as go d as new Crash romeo


Marco_ 8/10/2006 9:07:49 AM

Dude! Beauty and the Breakdown is WAY more diverse and interresting when they blend more different styles in, than Cover your tracks. THis record is way better! and I f*cking hate every neo-metal band there is out there! I love Bury Your dead.


deez_nutz_ 8/10/2006 7:28:08 PM

"First off, these might be hardcore dudes but BYD is not hardcore." yeah so i guess breakdowns aren't hardcore? they are the epitome of hardcore you f*ck head


(superyou)_ 8/11/2006 12:01:42 PM

dude this guy is a f*cking idiot...this album is so hardcore, and hardcore is boring, dudu dun dudu dun.x20


carryxonfan6969_ 8/12/2006 2:34:37 AM

you are all going to die of AIDS.


sam_ 8/12/2006 5:06:55 AM

this is a big step for them,in the right direction of course.this is so f*cking brutal im all for this shit! haha


brake ya neck_ 8/15/2006 2:34:33 PM

bury your dead=slipknot......what are you f*cking deaf maybe you are just and idiot and i should brake your face.........fun beats crying


piecemaker_ 8/24/2006 2:33:42 PM

f*ck this cd.


xBBBx_ 1/12/2007 12:13:07 PM

THE BEST! All riffs and breakdowns are creative and very well produced. Lyrics are awesome and actually have a message hidden.


RyanATF_ 1/17/2007 12:35:25 AM

...The only band to make Korn look good on Family Values...


xBBBx_ 1/25/2007 12:23:30 PM

Made korn look good? Dude you make the Backstreet Boys look good, so you got no where to talk.


Entrail607_ 2/19/2007 7:22:44 PM

dudu dun dudu dun.x20 is not boring buddy, that's the sound that makes me want to kick your ass in a pit.


xxxpaul_ 9/13/2007 11:54:28 PM

perfect hardcore album for brutal people this cd holds no mercy great album yet 10/10


Wingman_ 12/11/2007 8:44:53 PM

yeah. um, i will agree with some by saying that the guitars have a sort of Nu-metal sound. but seriously, the breakdowns and 2-steps are not even close to Nu-Metal. im sorry but this album kills it just as much as all of the other ones. i agree with what it said on the album cover, the album is definately for fans of pantera and Madball. i love this shit!