Distributor/label: Sony Music
Matthew Tuck – Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals
Michael Paget – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas – Drums
Jason James – Bass/Backing Vocals
1. Breaking Point
2. Truth Hurts
3. Temper Temper
5. Dirty Little Secret
7. Dead to the World
9. Saints ‘n Sinners
10. Tears Don’t Fall (Part 2)
11. Livin’ Life (On the Edge of a Knofe)
Bullet for my Valentine. A particularly interesting one for me, especially for reviewing purposes. Word of mouth has not done the band any favours in the metal community since their release of “The Poison” back in 2005, which I found to be a phenomenal metal-core album. With their further releases “Scream, Aim, Fire” and “Fever”, released in 2007 and 2009 respectively not living up to the original album’s sparkling reputation, it was only a matter of time before fans of old became more and more sceptical of the bands direction.
Several have accused the band of trying to sound too much like someone else in the post Poison years, others have claimed they’ve “sold out” among other public opinions. Anyway, let’s move on to “Temper, Temper”. If my word limit of this review was cut horribly, I’d say it’s not a great album overall.
There are several musical moments that remind you of the old days, but the same cannot be said for Matt’s vocals, unfortunately. The crushing vocal tone of the likes of “Hand of Blood” is still absent, and I don’t think it’s ever coming back. Matt has kept his clean vocals as a prominent influence in the band, and whilst it’s not terrible, it makes the band seem like a scene rock band.
The album features many “Hearts Burst into Fire” moments, lots of slow, melodic and emo-infused sections (normally the verses) which are somewhat disappointing, but to be expected, if you‘re expecting a return to The Poison, you‘ll have no luck.
To focus on some positives, the musical aspect at time is genius. Some of the grooves are very catchy, and this from someone who’s two favourite bands are Opeth and Dimmu Borgir. I’m not saying it rivals The Poison in any way, nor am I saying it‘s an amazing piece of work, but it is there to be appreciated, and whilst some of it strikes me as simple and boring, there are definitely some bits worth listening for. “Dirty Little Secrets” has a great ending, but the majority of the song is poor, which is a great shame.
An interesting element to the album is “Tears Don’t Fall: Part 2”, it does sound quite similar to the original, which is ironic; one of the softest songs on the first album. It’s clever musically, but not great. There is a
I almost don’t want to comment on the lyrics. Sweet fictional deity, they are just absolutely awful. If you read the album’s lyrics like a book it looks like a teenagers diary covered in their own blood and skulls drawn in pencil.
In my personal opinion, the band have changed to suit a new kind of scene. The young audience who loved The Poison (like myself) are not the young scene of today, and I’m sorry to all The Poison fans, but Bullet for My Valentine will always be a band to appeal to the younger generation, whilst the older generation cast hatred and disapproval.
Overall, the chances are if you’re between the ages of 14 and 17, have a fringe and have just broken up with your first girlfriend/fiancé then this album is for you. Otherwise if you ever receive this as a present, then I’d donate it elsewhere.