By: Connor Hachey
Bullet For My Valentine is bursting back onto the metalcore scene with their fourth studio album Temper Temper. Guns are certainly ablaze and these Welsh rockers do not disappoint. The mood is strikingly reminiscent of their previous record, Fever, perhaps due to continued work with noted producer Don Gilmore (Good Charlotte, Hollywood Undead, Three Days Grace).
Comparing the music on Temper Temper to BFMV’s catalog of older tracks is difficult because the band is edging closer and closer to a more radio friendly, mainstream sound. Although they still retain their signature metallic-punk qualities, it’s somehow softer. Also, it seems their goal was appeal to a more eclectic audience base.
Songs such as “Breaking Point” and “Truth Hurts” are extremely catchy and represent that high energy, metal pounding aesthetic that popularized BFMV in the first place. With lyrics equally as compelling as their instrumentals, these songs remind us how Bullet For My Valentine is supposed to sound.
The title track is a perfect example of BMFV’s transformed sound. It’s metal enough that hardcore fans won’t complain, but just enough punk rock that the casual listener won’t be turned off.
Other noteworthy tracks include “Leech” and “Riot.” The electrifying atmosphere conveyed by these songs is infectious; it’ll be borderline painful to not shout along as they flash across your playlist. I feel like “Leech,” a song that appears to be about that delusional, party crashing archetype that everyone seems to know, is not only a thrill to listen too, but quite relatable.
Arguably one of the most anticipated songs on the record is “Tears Don’t Fall, Pt. 2,” a follow up track to “Tears Don’t Fall” from BFMV’s first studio album The Poison. The first installment is one of the band’s most recognizable and lauded songs; it was definitely possible for BFMV to totally miss the mark and mar the acclaim it originally received. However, I don’t think this is the case. “Tears Don’t Fall, Pt. 2” contains a sense of nostalgia and holds onto its predecessor’s spark, without feeling like a gimmick to garner former praise.
Even with a more evolved and directed sound, Bullet For My Valentine is at the top of their game. This album was clearly intended to showcase the band’s new direction and it was well executed. Some might say that the band is losing the appeal that generated their original fan base, but I feel that old and new fans alike will enjoy picking up what they’re putting down.