Bury Your Dead

Nice case, guys.

Bury Your Dead is one of those New England hardcore bands that always puts on an energetic live show and gets the crowd to dance up a storm. So Victory Records decided the best thing to do was offer up a live CD: Alive, a CD/DVD combo of 12 brutal songs. There's just one big problem here. Bury Your Dead uses drum triggers and recordings, so while its live show packs a punch, it also sounds pretty much the same as the record. Live albums have inherently bad production. That's what makes the CD portion of Alive completely worthless -- it sounds like playing Cover Your Tracks through a boom box and listening to it three rooms away. But Alive isn't a complete waste of time. Aside from killer packaging (the case unfolds into a coffin), the DVD is great. Not only do you get to see the insanity of a Bury Your Dead performance, but the "After the Show" portion reveals just how hardcore the band members are -- we're talking emergency room visits for stitches, compliments of a bass to the head. Plus, who doesn't love lame backstage humor?

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