Growing tired of their metalcore band, Hamartia, guitarist Slim (aka Brendan MacDonald) and drummer Mark Castillo began Bury Your Dead as a side project in late 2001. Drawing influence from Sevendust and Crowbar, the band was used as a vehicle for the pair to focus more on mosh-worthy hardcore rather than the technical nature of Hamartia. Recruiting bassist Rich Casey (ex-Groundzero) and vocalist Joe Krewko, the Massachusetts-based outfit -- priding itself on blending ferocity with fun -- soon became a full-time gig as the guys began playing around New England. The brutal intensity and destructive energy of Bury Your Dead's live show started gaining them attention in various East Coast hardcore scenes, eventually coming to the interest of Alveran/Eulogy Recordings. Their debut, You Had Me at Hello, was issued in March 2003 on Germany-based Alveran, but the band imploded about a month prior to the album's release. It was still issued, though the guys went their separate ways ; Castillo went to play with North Carolina's Between the Buried and Me; Casey turned to screen-printing, and Slim played with Blood Has Been Shed.