Bury Your Dead - Cover Your Tracks (Cover Artwork)

Bury Your Dead

Bury Your Dead: Cover Your TracksCover Your Tracks (2004)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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On Bury Your Dead's bio on their Victory Records space, it states: "This record helped the band as a whole exorcise a lot of demons. Each song tells a different story, and most of them are a big middle finger to someone or something." That is a rather bold statement considering the music at hand. .
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On Bury Your Dead's bio on their Victory Records space, it states: "This record helped the band as a whole exorcise a lot of demons. Each song tells a different story, and most of them are a big middle finger to someone or something." That is a rather bold statement considering the music at hand.

So with their newest effort, Cover Your Tracks the crew has decided to go with the generic formula: Fast and Heavy, Slow and Heavy, Sing-along, Breakdown, repeat through entire album. Now, there is nothing wrong with this, many hardcore albums end up being this, and quite a bit of it sounds pretty decent. The same works with Cover Your Tracks. In the end, it is decent at best.

Not to say there are not standout tracks. The album opens with a wallop in the form of "Top Gun." Growling vocals, heavy guitars, double bass spread liberally throughout, all of these things make this song some good head-banging fun. In fact, the whole song is virtually one mosh riff after the other. It is unrelenting, and I was glad that it was over in two minutes, because anymore would have made me lose my mind, especially towards the end when guttural vocals are alternating in a rather creepy and disconcerting fashion.

Most of the songs follow this formula to the teeth. This album is far from original in virtually anyway. It is good listening, but gets rather generic about halfway through, and by the end of it, I can't even tell the difference between any of the songs (except for "Eyes Wide Shut" which tosses in a lovely cliché piano outro).

Quite possibly the oddest thing about this album is the lyrics. Normally with this sort of hardcore, it requires a tough exterior of sorts to listen and enjoy. But the boys of Bury Your Dead have a soft side, and they aren't afraid to show it, as the sample lyrics of "Vanilla Sky" show: "Just because I'm so alone/doesn't mean I can't miss home/I'm tired of crying/tired of sleeping alone/if this is how you want/then I am moving on." It may just be me, but the juxtaposition of chug-a-lug music with stereotypical pop-punk lyrics is just too much to handle. I may criticize other similar bands of having the stereotypical "Fuck you I got my crew go to hell you fucking posers before I fucking kick your fucking teeth in" lyrics, but I would have to say that it fits the music better than what Bury Your Dead settled on.

Cover Your Tracks is a mediocre album. Bury Your Dead seem to have a bit of potential with songs like "Magnolia" having some awesome opening guitar riffs as well as some great transitions. But overall, the album lacks the intensity that the opening track powers in with. A rather unfortunate shortcoming, because without their intensity being shoved down your throat, Bury Your Dead are rather generic.


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TommyPickles (March 20, 2008)

What the fuck is this shit supposed to be?

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

Love this album!

Anonymous (May 13, 2006)

Minor Threat is hardcore. Bury Your Dead is not.

Anonymous (October 6, 2005)

great fucking album, whoever says Bury your FUCKING Dead sucks can fuck off...any singer who gets bashed in the skull with a guitar, a TUNING KNOBE stuck in his head and still plays 11 songs, and gets 12 staples in his head after the show is fucking hardcore. so love it or dont comment.

Anonymous (October 6, 2005)

that kid who said there are "better hardcore bands on victory" you can fuck off. go to trustkill.com and check those bands, Throwdown, Terror, It dies today? they can eat you alive. and ever heard of Converge and remembering never? Thats the good stuff. =)

Anonymous (September 20, 2005)

i think most of you fucks are missing the point of this genre of hxc..this genre isnt out to impress and the main reason they make this style is so you will go in the pit and go fucking nuts..i mean isnt that wut hxc is? who the fuck cares bout song titles its wut is coming out of the amps..so if u dont like then go listen to something else and get the fuck over yourself you either like it or you dont...you dont need to try and act all bad ass and tough saying they suck cuz no one gives a flying fuck...keep it coming guys i loved the album....xXx

Anonymous (July 31, 2005)

This album is awful and so fucking un-interesting. Honestly, there is nothing really commendable about this album, it's below mediocre, it's just bad. Oh well, just another shitty band for the scene kids to pretend to like, until the next fad comes along.

crazytoledo (July 30, 2005)

Why listen to this shit when their is so much better hardcore to listen to? Hell, I can name better hardcore bands on Victorys label.

Anonymous (July 27, 2005)

keep this good mosh shit comin guys. fuck all these pussies.

Anonymous (July 27, 2005)

you guys need to grow the fuck up. you're all critical fucking douche bags about music. the reason this shit is so awesome is because its mosh music, they're not out to "impress" people. you guys seriously need to get your shit straight and stop flaming this band, OMG THEY HAVE NO TALENT AND THEIR SONGS ARE TOM CRUISE MOVIES LOL THEY SUCK!!11onee. no, fuck you, guess what, they're on victory records and you're not, so go listen to dream theater, cock suckers.

tristan (July 23, 2005)

I'm just getting around to listening to this now so I doubt anyone will respond -- but does anyone else get the impression they'd make a much better rock band (a la Eighteen Visions) than a metalcore act?

Anonymous (July 13, 2005)

fuck you, byd is amazing.

Anonymous (May 18, 2005)

lame cd. theyre just a crappy version of hatebreed. and hatebreeds last 2 albums were awesome dooshbag

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

I love you.

punkcorekid (January 23, 2005)

Way better than the last two Hatebreed CD's?? Perserverance owns everything else in this type of music.

Anonymous (December 28, 2004)

this band rocks i love emo. taking back sunday and bury your dead own. i love the lyrics, makes me want to play acoustic and write a poem about my ex.

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

As far as being generic goes, yea...it is, but this CD is good. way better than both the past two Hatebreed CDs. Gotta have at least a couple bands playing good breakdowntastic toughguy music.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

I like the new BYD its fucking pist as hell..and all of you flamming loving faggots need to get a life because BYD has some extreme talent and the all should throw metal trash can at you peoples faces for dissing on them i like this album....your fan derrick

Anonymous (November 5, 2004)


CHUGGA-CHUGGA.................. .......CHUGGA-CHUGGA
CH UGGA-CHUGGA..........................CHUGGA-CHUGGA

CHUGGA-CHUGGA....................... .....CHUGGA-CHUGGA
CHUGGA-CHUGGA.......................CHUGGA-CH UGGA
CHU GGA-CHUGGA................................CHUGGA-CHUGGA
CHUGGA-C HUGGA....................................CHUGGA-CHUGGA
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...................... ...........JUD!JUD!JUD!

-healthymon (I'm "healthier" than Scott Vogel!)

Anonymous (November 4, 2004)

score is for the dillinger reference

pwfanatic (November 1, 2004)

alright, just to clear my own name, of course i noticed the song titles were all tom cruise movies. it is quite obvious. the reason why i didn't mention it was because i thought that naming all your songs after tom cruise movies is fucking stupid. yet, despite how fucking stupid i may think it is to do that, the names of songs have absolutely no bearings on the music coming out of the speakers.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

You Had me at Hello was 30 times better.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

sometimes i read peoples comments on this site and it makes me feel really good about myself

- the other scott

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

everyone here is gay, especially bury your dead.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

Generic crap.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

"i must protest again, why are the song titles tom cruise movies? seriously, any cognizant human being would at least acknowledge this fact. silly."

Why are you the twentieth person to complain about the song titles? Do you think that the reviewer will magically change his review because you needed to feel special for being Tom Cruise Superfan # 1? Are the song titles going to magically make this album not suck? They'd have to be some magical song titles, written by angels, in the blood of pixies to compensate for something this lame.

seriously, for someone that tries to use a lot of big words, you're a bit slow on the response time there. After 20 people notice, what makes you decide to say exactly the same thing?

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

curl up and die is better than your band.

Yes I remember saying I had a band.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

i must protest again, why are the song titles tom cruise movies? seriously, any cognizant human being would at least acknowledge this fact. silly.

irony is a dead scene after all...

by the way, check the smoking gun website for the bill o'reilly excerpts. the dude's a fucking pervert.

Anonymous (November 1, 2004)

this score is for the guy's comment before this one. amazing haha.

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

this score's for the incredible mid-riff on the album's cover and the fact that the reviewer didn't know that the titles were tom cruise movies

soulbleed (October 31, 2004)

Let's start with the obvious.

1. The song titles own.
2. This is not as good as their last album, but it's still better than 90% of the stuff Victory puts out.
3. Curl Up and Die is not a joke.
4. This reviewer blows Kirby Puckett on a good day, and that's not saying much.

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

"curl up and die is a joke.."

curl up and die is better than your band.

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

why is there no mention of Tom Cruise movie titles as songs in the review?

and what the hell?

Anchors (October 31, 2004)

Forty, you forgot If Hope Dies, how could you. 'Cuse represent.

Also: Dead Boys, Dead By Sunset, Dead!, Dead & Divine, Dead Before Sunrise, Dead By Wednesday, Dead Letters.

Okay, fuck this, and hooray for originality.

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

these guys suck-diddly-uck

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

score is for tom cruise as an actor

Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

curl up and die is a joke..

FortyMinutesWest (October 31, 2004)

"score is for "dead" or "die" bands

I only know of one good "die" band, and that is Every Time I Die...

Well, unless you count Death By Stereo."

There's just plain old Death, Napalm Death, As Hope Dies, Circle of Dead Children, Deadguy, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Curl Up And Die.

That's leaving out the obvious bands like Dead Kennedys, and not counting bands with names that might not meet the criteria like Find Him And Kill Him or The Killing Flame.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

Word "your" word

bizzlebrizzle (October 30, 2004)

score is for "dead" or "die" bands

I only know of one good "die" band, and that is Every Time I Die...

Well, unless you count Death By Stereo.

Allular (October 30, 2004)

I love/hate how all of their songs on their album start with an open drop B chord followed with a punk beat.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

i heard them, i didnt like, shit

punkcorekid (October 30, 2004)

man this shit was seriously disappointing. You Had Me At Hello was way better.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

This is the shitties idea for a concept album i have ever heard of.

Anonymous (October 30, 2004)

score's for the quality of tom cruise's acting

FortyMinutesWest (October 30, 2004)

Not amazing, but not bad either. If you're going to listen to music like this, it might as well be these guys.

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

this band sucks.

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

Times this score by 10 and you get the number of times i've had sex with the reviewers mom.

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

score is for "dead" or "die" bands

Anonymous (October 29, 2004)

score is for all the songs being named after tom cruise movies

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