The rise of Bullet For My Valentine has been impressive. Founded as a Nirvana/Metallica cover band, the quartet has moved step by step towards their own sound identity. It is rare for a band to achieve considerable success with their debut album and then build on it. Bullet For My Valentine has succeeded in this feat.
Already ‘The Poison’ was in the charts and what concerns the successors, so the four guys from Wales could still increase the impact. Now it’s time for the new longplayer to underpin the way to the top again. The quartet has named the new album simply ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ and if you listen to Matt Tuck, the current longplayer is a kind of “Bullet 2.0”. Anyone who now fears that this means a serious turn as far as music is concerned can be reassured. Bullet For My Valentine still plays their aggressive mix of metalcore and modern metal, where shouts and clean vocals alternate. What is noticeable, however, is that the guys go to work with full commitment. Passion and vitality set the tone on the new album. It seems that all the uncertainties of a pandemic have helped the band to reinvent itself. After all these years on the wave of success, sometimes it is external influences that make a difference.
However, in the case of ‘Bullet For My Valentine’, the guys go wild. Exemplary its the three first tracks of the album mentioned. With ‘Parasite’ the four-piece opens forcefully and with full commitment. After the radio-like intro has found the right frequency, it goes straight to the point. Tempo and wild blasts is what the album begins with and what is continued with ‘Knives’. The latter is a song that makes it obvious that Bullet For My Valentine also have a good portion of groove built in. ‘Knives’ is a dark, even a menacing sounding song and leads to the acoustic intro of ‘My Reverie’. The basic mood remains gloomy which is well supported by the clean vocals of Tuck.
‘Can’t Escape the Waves’ is with its hooks certainly one of the more commercial songs on the album before the gritty ‘Bastards’ takes over. After a slow start, ‘Shatter’ develops into a powerful tune that lives through the alternation of loud and calm.
Overall, it can be said that Bullet For My Valentine continues to move towards a more melodic direction. Sometimes, like on ‘Death By a Thousand Cuts’, things get a bit too commercial. Still, the record has a high entertainment factor build-in and comes out of the speakers powerfully. ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ is certainly not the very big hit, but still pleases.
- My Reverie
- No Happy Ever After
- Can’t Escape The Waves
- Rainbow Veins
- Death By A Thousand Cuts
Label: Spinefarm Records
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Release Date EU: November 5th, 2021