Bullet For My Valentine released their most recent album “Temper, Temper” worldwide on Feb. 11. The album has 11 songs, which produce 44.4 minutes of “metal.”
This is the fourth album Bullet For My Valentine has come out with since 2005. Previous albums include “The Poison”, “Scream Aim Fire”, and “Fever”.
BFMV is a four-man metal/thrash metal band from Wales, UK who formed in 1998. They’ve sold 2.7 million copies combined with the last three albums.
Their first two albums, “The Poison” and “Scream Aim Fire” had a metalcore style with a large dose of screaming and a very aggressive tone. “Fever” trailed away from this standard and took on a new sound, which somehow hit No. 3 on the U.S. billboard at its peak. How? I have no clue.
“Breaking Point” opens the new album and catches the listeners’ ears with the band’s always-impressive riffs, well-timed pull offs, and solid drumming. The chorus allows the audience to rally behind it and sing or scream along. Heavy shredding and guitar solos fill the bridge between the second and third chorus. This pretty much follows all of their previous albums’ opening tracks, hooking the audience, and leaving them jacked to hear the rest of the album.
That’s when all hell breaks loose.
The majority of the album is a mess, filled with predictable guitar parts, following the same blueprint throughout the songs: intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus.
Lyrics are straight from a depressed teenagers diary, which isn’t out of the norm for BFMV, but the previous albums actually showed passion and talented musicianship to back them up.
Matt Tuckers’ singing, while good, doesn’t pose much diversity, primarily sticking with the mid range sound. The lack of screaming in the album isn’t surprising, they’ve weaned away from it since ‘The Poison”, which makes no sense considering that is their most desired and listened to album.
Without the passion and talent shown in the first two albums it’s hard to know what the true direction of this album was aimed towards. If their goal was to remain on the shelf, mission accomplished.
The album found itself tons of criticism because of the band’s early release of single track, “Riot”. This was the downfall of the album, promoting the laziest and least interesting song on the CD.
Repetitive and thoughtless lyrics combined with the most intermediate of guitar parts were a major deterrent to any curious in purchasing the album. Take this song off the album and never pre-release it, who knows what this album could’ve done?
The most depressing part of the album is the track, ‘Tears Don’t Fall Part Two”. This song is the sequel, obviously, to Tears Don’t Fall, which is widely favored as the best song Bullet For My Valentine has ever released.
They decided it wasn’t enough to produce a mediocre album; they must also attempt to ruin one of their all time greats.
The guitar is a similar variation of the original, just played in drop C instead of standard, offering a deeper tone yet a recognizable tune. The original blows this song out of the water, with its better vocals and incomparable lyrics. Tears were definitely falling by the end of this catastrophe.
There are two great songs on this album that do deserve high recognition. “P.O.W.” and “Dead To The World” are both genuine masterpieces that could’ve sold more copies together than this whole album.
“Dead To The World” is a bright spot on the album, throwing a little bit of everything into the track. The slow and soothing intro has a very “Hearts Burst Into Fire” (“Scream Aim Fire” album) sound to it, with the guitar hitting high-pitched scales and gentle sweeps. This track has the most heartfelt and powerful lyrics on the album like, “Hands around my throat, tighten the grip, bound by my sins so my wings have been clipped.”
The guitar breaks out late in the song, amping up the track, yet not taking anything away from the powerful lyricism or natural feel of the song.
“P.O.W.” shows the depth and tightness of BFMV, it promotes a simple yet affective guitar part, but really focuses on the voice of Matt Tucker.
It doesn’t have nearly the aggressiveness that the band is known for, but this accents the versatility of this band. The guitar, although not the feature part of the song, plays a perfect role, synchronizing with the singer throughout the song.
The high notes and key change in the third chorus send shivers down your spine, and highlight the true talent behind this band. This is the best song on the album, hands down, and it’s a shame it won’t get the credit deserved being on arguably the worst BFMV album yet.
Bullet For My Valentine seems to have sold out, something never thought possible, after such promising first two albums. Their lyrics and singing have fallen far from the tree, and their reputation is hanging by a thread. They find themselves in desperate need of a redemption album, but by that time it may be too late for this once great metal band.