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Fresh Princes of Metalcore 2: Bury Your Dead's electric boogaloo

Bury Your Dead are our favorite Boston-via-N'hampshire hardcore band ever. Last time we heard from them, dudes on message boards were implicating BYD in Sharon Osbourne's infamous plot to egg the dudes in Iron Maiden. The band vehemently denied it to MTVNews, but c'mon: for a hardcore band, laying some yolk on Bruce Dickinson's chin has got to be the highlight of your professional existence. The best part of the whole saga, though, was Bury Your Dead's awesome alibi: at the time of the crime, they were being filmed by Will Smith's camera crew, on hand to document their new buddy Jada Pinkett Smith's metal band.

You can't make shit like that up. And now, with crazy tours laid out in front of them all summer, we're trying to imagine what kind of havoc Bury Your Dead are gonna wreak on Strhess (with Shadows Fall) and the unburied-from-the-dead Family Values tour.

Plenty, from the sound of it. BYD's new The Beauty and the Breakdown (Victory) comes out today, and it's a monster. Some records are about singers, some are about guitars, this one's all about the kick drum. As the title suggests, they've got some of the fugliest mosh parts north of the Brooklyn Bridge. The song below is completely sick, and will set the standard for double-bass drumming for years to come. Tonight they're throwing a last minute CD-release party at the Palladium in Worcester. Check your knives and teeth at the door.

DOWNLOAD: Bury Your Dead, "House of Straw" (mp3)

Tour dates: with Shadows Fall, Poison the Well, and Darkest Hour:

7/12 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
7/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
7/14 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
7/15 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
7/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
7/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest

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