Bury Your Dead – Mosh ‘N’ Roll

When vocalist Mat Bruso left Bury Your Dead in 2007, so did their hardcore roots. With new vocalist Myke Terry in tow, the band became a metalcore act. Clean vocals, melodic guitars, and longer songs were part of the band?s new agenda. It certainly surprised a lot of fans, and led to consistent backlash from a vocal portion of their fan base. Many of those critics will be pleased when they hear Mosh ?N? Roll, the first album with Bruso back in the band. Any signs of metalcore are exterminated, as Bury Your Dead heads back to the Cover Your Tracks/Beauty and the Breakdown sound.

The 30 minutes of Mosh ?N? Roll revert to the copious breakdowns and bile-spewing lyrics that helped the band gather a large following earlier this decade. Bruso hasn?t lost a step in the four years he?s been gone, though recent guest spots with Four Year Strong and The Ghost Inside have kept his voice in check. The band responds in kind, with chugging riffs and mosh-friendly melodies that audiences will eat up. Violent pits will be necessary with a song like ?Slaughterhouse Five.?

The music on Mosh ?N? Roll is more simplistic, lacking any of the leads and soaring harmonies on the self-titled album and It?s Nothing Personal. The closing title track is a cheesy hardcore anthem, with a continuous breakdown and gang chants repeating ?Bury your fucking dead.? With any other band, this would be something to scoff at, but Bury Your Dead makes it a rally cry to proclaim their return to glory. That is, of course, if the rousing tunes ?Deadeye Dick,? ?Slapstick,? and ?Bluebeard? didn?t make that apparent enough.

There?s more to the album than just breakdowns, though they are a highlight to be sure. ?The Sirens Of Titan? has a commanding maturity that can only come from age, and ?Jailbird? makes use of the almost four-minutes to structure a traditional song around. Having more tracks like these two would have broken up the monotony present in the middle of the album. To the band?s credit, a brief running length on most of the songs makes the songs flow with little effort.

If those two song titles, as well as the other ones mentioned above, seem familiar, it?s because the titles are all Kurt Vonnegut works. While the lyrics themselves have nothing to do with Vonnegut tales, having song titles based around works of art is something else that Bury Your Dead did in the past. It?s a hidden highlight, though one that doesn?t make itself as obvious as the Tom Cruise films on Cover Your Tracks and the fairy tales on Beauty and the Breakdown.

For the fans begging for Bruso?s return, hoping that it will signal the return of the old sound: your prayers have been answered. Mosh ?N? Roll gets the band back on the track they were heading across on Beauty and the Breakdown. This album will disappoint those that enjoy their metalcore direction or hoped for something different. As with the rest of the Bruso-era albums, Mosh ?N? Roll is 11 tracks of heavy, non-complex music tailored towards live gigs.

Rating: 7/10
Label: Mediaskare Records
Website: http://www.myspace.com/buryyourdead

By Dan Marsicano

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One Comment

  1. Nonsensei says:

    Fingers crossed!

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