Since their inception, Bullet For My Valentine entered into the world’s conscious and has taken the metal scene by storm with a rabid fanbase. In the early 2000s, the band signed a 5 album deal with Sony BMG and began work on their first full length, “The Poison”. “The Poison” and their tour cycle for this album allowed them to tour all around the world and open for some of the biggest metal acts including Iron Maiden and Metallica. Fast forward in time, Bullet For My Valentine is still on the road and recording music, but dealt with a little backlash from some fans. Their last album, “Temper Temper”, did not do as good as they expected or wanted. Fans were looking for a more aggressive sound and a reminiscent sound to their early days. In a recent interview with Aquarian Weekly, vocalist Matt Tuck stated:
“We knew we wanted to make a super-aggressive record. We thought the time was right to reignite that fire we used to have when we were younger and just take on fans’ criticisms on the last record [2013’s ‘Temper Temper’], really. They just wanted a heavier-sounding band, you know? It’s kind of what we used to do, and, for some reason, along the way things just got kind of diluted, for whatever reason. But we just thought the time was right to kind of get that fury and that anger back in our music, and as soon as we started writing songs with that in mind, it was just… all hell broke loose. Obviously, a lot of things got scrapped, a lot of things got rewrote, it took a long time to get where the album is now. But putting more effort in and having to actually think about it for once was actually a really smart move.”
This leads us to where we are now with the release of Bullet For My Valentine’s newest album, “Venom”. The album does well on their promise to be more aggressive and reminiscent of their early days. “Venom” is a nice blend between their first two albums; “The Poison” (2005) and “Scream Aim Fire” (2008). The album provides a blend between the emotional and melodic nature of “The Poison”, while also giving the speed and intensity of “Scream Aim Fire”. The album opens up to an intense track, “No Way Out” to get listeners pumped up for what is to come. The first couples tracks give a thrash metal feel, especially with the song “Army of Noise”. Some of the higher points of the album is the songs where they tap into their roots and incorporate a more melodic sound into their songs, like in the songs “You Want a Battle? (Here’s A War)” and the title track “Venom”.
The album does not suffer from filler tracks and each song provides something unique throughout the album. One of the main issues with the album is when you get into the tracks incorporated in the deluxe edition and their inclusion their cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. Normally, I really enjoy this band’s covers like their covers of Pantera’s “Domination”, Metallica’s “Welcome Home”, and “No Easy Way Out” from the Rocky IV soundtrack, but this one felt lacking. All their other covers provide something new and different to classic songs, but this one fell short.
This album is an improvement from their previous release and reconnects them with their roots. For a long time fan of the band, it is great to see them continue with another great release. The album is currently out in stores and the band is on the road with Lamb of God and Slipknot.
To get a sample of what the album sounds like, check out their video below for their song, “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)”.