I mean, their name is Bury Your Dead, what do you think they sound like? Soft rock? Electronica? Do you really need me to write this review? They’re a damn angry hardcore band. Or, at least they used to be a hardcore band. Bury Your Dead decided to spare us all a future release full of more throaty yelling and guitar savagery by deciding to break up. Their lyrics are predictably dark and brooding and should have just gone, “I’m mad, I’m pissed, I’m mad.” If nothing else, at least these guys had something to be angry about, you know? Here’s a young band, signed to a relatively big label, just put out their first record and they couldn’t hold their act together. You know that’s good songwriting fodder.
There’s a bit of Hatebreed and Throwdown on “You Had Me at Hello” but where these two acts have been able to transcend the fairly rigid confines of their genre (Throwdown covers a Smashing Pumpkins song, for pity’s sake), Bury Your Dead remains just another cookie-cutter metalcore band. Still though, I dig the Jerry Maguire reference in the album title-just wish someone would say it to me.