Released: 2006, Victory Records
Well, as much as many metal fans are sick and tired of it, I guess we all need to admit to ourselves that metalcore isn’t going away any time soon. Our current subject, Bury Your Dead, caused a stir back in 2004 with COVER YOUR TRACKS, a pure metalcore album that featured songs all titled with Tom Cruise movies. A bit of a novelty, sure, but it worked to get the band a ton of attention and helped them stick out from the metalcore masses.
Two years and one live album later, here we are with Bury Your Dead’s next album, tongue firmly planted in cheek once again (this album’s songs are all titled after fairytale conventions). Hell, even the album title itself is a joke. Still, it’s obvious the guys in Bury Your Dead are deadly serious about their music as BEAUTY AND THE BREAKDOWN is chock full of heavy, no nonsense metalcore. Appropriately, vocalist Mat Bruso stays away from any clean vocals, keeping his ferocious growl in place from beginning to end.
The band’s gimmick may be starting to get old, but you can’t argue with their music. I don’t even need to go into specific songs here – if you enjoy metalcore, you can buy this album without reservation. Just be advised that a lot of the songs tend to run into each other; variation is not the band’s strong point.
Even with many fans turning away from the metalcore scene, the style will be fine so long as the cream continues to rise to the top. Bands like Bury Your Dead will keep flying the metalcore flag for many more years – for better or worse.