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Bury Your Dead - Beauty and the Breakdown Review

Bury Your Dead are having fun. There's no doubt about it. What is uncertain, and what will ultimately be decided by the individual listener, is if they will enjoy listening to "Beauty and the Breakdown", BYD's latest release. After naming the songs on their previous album "Cover Your Tracks" after Tom Cruise movies, they decided to go a slightly different route this time out, naming the new songs after fairytales. Whether or not that is apparent to the listener upon gazing at the artwork is unknown, but either way, a move like that, while maybe not done before, seems like it would be better suited for a band of mid-puberty junior highschooler's than an experienced metalcore band. But I digress.

Musically, this is metalcore, all the way. There are some inconspicuous hints of hardcore, but for the most part, this is straight up metalcore. While some of the songs are enough to want to get you moving, overall it seems like an album full of good riffs, rather than good songs. There really aren't any standout tracks, as many of them hit with equal amounts of testosterone. While someone looking for a good live band to slam to will enjoy it, don't come calling if you are looking for something face-slamming yet technical. This is, even by the band's own admission, a more simple approach musically. Sometimes that can work, but it can also backfire. While I wouldn't say that it completely backfires for BYD, it comes close. It's not a terrible release, but I wouldn't go running into a burning building to salvage my copy of it, either.

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