BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Bullet For My Valentine (Spinefarm/Search & Destroy)
“This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0,” promises Bullet For My Valentine main man Matt Tuck as they prepare to unleash their self-titled new album. They set out their stall with the ferocious Parasite, which suggests that this is a meaner, more forceful BFMV than we are used to. Tuck channels classic Dave Mustaine with some dazzling riffing on the likes of Can’t Escape The Waves, and even tracks like My Reverie, which begin with a softer approach, eventually break down into shredding chunks of thrash metal.
Bullet For My Valentine still produce their signature clean singing parts on this album, but even those are delivered with an extra dose of venom. The Bridgend boys have delivered an album that’s savage in its approach and a throwdown of the gauntlet to any pretenders of the throne, signalling that they are ready to retake their place at the head of the UK metal table. They mean business and Bullet For My Valentine is the proof.
words CHRIS ANDREWS