Bury the Darkness is an ambitious metal band whose message and sound differ highly from the Arizona metal scene.
“The name Bury the Darkness envelops the ideas we have that life is not always positive,” says vocalist Jared Harper. “We like to write about the dark side of life but show that there is light that comes at the end. It’s looking at darkness from a positive viewpoint where eventually bad times will end. We try to take that negative energy and turn it into something good.”
Their latest song, “Gone but Not Forgotten,” deals with the band’s collective emotions of losing loved ones. The musicians grabs death but put a positive spin on the message by saying the dead should not be forgotten.
Bury the Darkness’ prior song, “Break Me,” details the struggle with negativity and how to stay positive.
Previous band breakups dampened the musicians, but they came together to jam in late 2019 but did not officially form until November of that year. They count their official start date of November 2019 when they added guitarist Marc Rosenfeld.
While at Mesa’s Mountain View High School, Rosenfeld befriended drummer Jon Keeney in the orchestra and met Harper in an AP music theory class. Harper and bassist Brandon Brantley are childhood friends. Once they met Rosenfeld and Keeney, they all bonded over similar musical interests.
It was in that orchestra class, however, where Rosenfeld, Keeney and Harper started their music career. They taught Brantley to play bass.
The band, however, does credit its lessons in classical music as an influence on its sound and style.
“We have a very versatile sound: hard-hitting riffs, ambient production, powerful vocal melodies and emotional lyrics,” Rosenfeld says.
“We’ve all had experience with theory and classical, and we get to bring that all into the metal world.”
While classical music taught them how to keep a beat and play in a band-like setting, Bury the Darkness channels new-age metal bands like Bring Me the Horizon and I Prevail.
Rosenfeld also credits the pioneering acts of modern metal like Slayer and Slipknot as influences on his music style.
“We try to give our fans a taste of every sound with contrasting soft and hard music,” Rosenfeld says.
“We’re working on changing an EDM song into a rock cover right now; even that has its own unique sound.”
Bury the Darkness credits producer Frankie Ghiloni, the owner of ToneHeart Studios, with the sharp sound of their singles.
“Frankie and his girlfriend, Hannah, have really helped us,” Rosenfeld says.
“Hannah has done all of our lyric videos and created our original logo, and Frankie does all of our mixing and mastering.”
Mentored by Matt Good of From First to Last, Ghiloni has worked other modern metal acts, like Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead.
Ghiloni isn’t the only person who has helped the band. We Came as Romans bassist Andy Glass designed the new merchandise and logo.
The logo features a figure-eight-like shape and an octagonal shape intersected by a triangulated cross spelling out the band’s initials of BTD.
While the band does credit influential colleagues, it truly is its ability to find light in dark times that makes it shine. The ongong pandemic has allowed them to do just that.
“I feel like right now, there’s so much to write music about, and I feel like there’s going to be a boom,” Rosenfeld says.
Bury the Darkness has five songs demoed in addition to the singles it has in the works. They’re hoping to livestream a concert and have their music played on the SiriusXM channel Octane.
Although times are tough, Rosenfeld has a saying that has allowed him to make his way through life.
“After every rainstorm, there’s sunshine and a rainbow. Right now, we’re definitely stuck in the rain, but we’ll make it through,” Rosenfeld says.