Bullet For My Valentine got lost somewhere around 2017. Gravity was huge for them but an artistic departure a huge percentage of their long-time fanbase weren’t prepared for and many didn’t appreciate. It opened the world up but was so contrived toward commercial acceptance it seemed their days as riotous metal upstarts were behind them.
Mid-career self-titled albums tend to announce some sort of shift from a band, and Bullet For My Valentine casts away any vestige of that melodic rock band Gravity showed they might become. This is BFMV unleashing a hail of venom and spite at the world around them, a confident and angry album that not only ramps up the heaviness factor, it goes beyond anything they’ve come close to before.
Parasite blows things open, a noisescape intro that sounds like something’s gone haywire then an explosion of ferocity as Bullet lean into a thrash frenzy they carry through into Knives, a solid one-two that kicks down the door and runs amok into a seething pit. From there they hardly let up as they let a combination of their thrash pretensions and early metalcore savagery lead the way, barely coming up for air until the final note. No Happy Ever After rides a monstrous groove, a giant bass riff informs Can’t Escape the Waves and Bastards is massive arena metal.
This really is Bullet For My Valentine coming back hard. Even if that recently over-used vocal hook raises its head in Shatter, this is an uncompromising metal assault.
- My Reverie
- No Happy Ever After
- Can’t Escape the Waves
- Rainbow Veins
- Death by a Thousand Cuts