Bury Your Dead
A "what doesn't kill you ultimately makes you stronger" sentiment has been the stronghold for Massachusetts' BURY YOUR DEAD, and after 15 member changes alongside 10 tour vehicles come and gone, these metalcore high rollers are a prime example of what it takes to survive the rocky terrain of the music business.
In 2001 and as a side project to their band Hamartia, current guitarist Brendan "Slim" MacDonald and drummer Mark Castillo ignited the start of BURY YOUR DEAD and after recruiting a vocalist and bassist, pushed out their debut record You Had Me at Hello on Eulogy Recordings. Though the album was well received by the masses and an accurate foreshadowing for what would follow, it wasn't until Victory Records courted the band in 2003 and released Cover Your Tracks in 2004 that the band truly began to accelerate on the counterparts of their genre.
Following continuous tour dates (including a spot on 2005's Ozzfest) and the permanent addition of bassist Aaron "Bubble" Patrick, BURY YOUR DEAD released their second Victory release – a concept album called Beauty and the Breakdown. Produced by Jason Sceucof, whose resume included the likes of Trivium and God Forbid, Beauty and the Breakdown's seamless recording not only featured anthems relative to fairytales, but also demonstrated the band's ferocity and moshable appeal.
"The record really just came right out of us," Castillo said, "We went in truly expecting to have to work it but it just came out naturally. It's a lot heavier than our older stuff, but we kept things a bit more simple this time around."
One year later, enter former Cassius vocalist Myke Terry, whose vocal finesse on the band's March 2008 self-titled third Victory release was hailed as offering "a broader range than [former vocalist Mat] Bruso, supplementing his throaty bark with gruff and tuneful choruses and a few startlingly clear harmonies" as claimed by Alternative Press Magazine, and Outburn Magazine coined all the facets of the album as "shockingly groundbreaking."
"Fundamentally speaking," laughs new guitarist Chris Towning, "This album is the same as the others. BURY YOUR DEAD is known for its fun, bouncy and heavy attitude and this record doesn't stray too far from those principles. With Myke's vocals and Slim's backing vocals we had the ability to spread out our vocal dynamics and try some things that hardcore bands typically never do."
As 2009 unfolds, BURY YOUR DEAD unleashes their newest throat-stomping album, It's Nothing Personal. Balanced with melodic counterparts, the fast-paced in-your-face album was written directly after the band's van flip last September. Numbed with leg injury-induced codeine, the record was written over a six-month time span, more time than the band is used to. Armed with spitfire lyrics and a voice of variety, guitarist Slim explains, "We called this record 'It's Nothing Personal' because for all the bullshit people have to say about bands—whether they hate them or they suck—at the end of the day, we are still the ones out on tour and risking everything for this. This is what we had to do, like it or not; it's nothing personal."
After years of planting their roots across the globe during more than 11 prominent tours and upward of 250 show dates in 2008 alone, BURY YOUR DEAD has literally adhered to life on the road with absolutely no intention of loosening their grip as 2009 unfolds.