(7/10) I never really understood why Bullet For My Valentine is still put into the metalcore box. Yes, sure, their beginning was based on metalcore but overtime the percentage of classic metal in their music increased. Clean vocals and the often melodic metal riffs, in context with a decrease of metalcore sections, became almost a trademark in itself.
However, Bullet For My Valentine managed to be successful from the very beginning up till now. Already their debut was perceived very well and entered the charts. But instead of becoming arrogant and easy going, the four guys kept on working hard on their sound, which ended in an even better second album called "Scream, aim, fire".
2015 is the year of the bands fifth logplayer called "Venom"; a record that for sure will continue the commercial successtory of the band from Wales. The new disc comes with eleven songs, while the deluxe verson includes another four numbers.
Three songs you might have heard already since they have been released as singles during the three months. "No way out", the brutal "You want a battle? (Here is war)" and "Army of noise" are three typical Bullet For My Valentine numbers that reflect the current sound of the four-piece pretty well. The music is still quite aggressive but got also more complex and diverse. "No way out" is a good example herefore while "Army of noise" has a really good punch.
But there are also tunes on the album that give me a hard time. The title track is one of those. It is kept in mid-pace with mainly melodic vocals. The whole thing sounds more like Linkin Park than Bullet For My Valentine. I think that the song might attract new fans but the mainstream orientation might not be appreciated by everybody.
Also "Hell or high water" isn't belonging to the thrilling experiences on "Venom". It gives the feeling of 'heard before' and it comes a bit uninspired. Bullet For My Valentine had and has better numbers.
That "Venom" got good sound is almost a given, even though I have to say that I miss the bass a bit in the mix. Maybe it is due to my version, but I guess it's not. The 'booming factor' on "Venom" could be more intesive.
To sum up: Bullet For My Valtine continues their journey which brings them further away from their metalcore roots by becoming probabaly even more commercially successful. I like the new album but I could imagine that not every fan, esp. from the early days appreciate the development.
- No way out
- Army of noise
- You want a battle? (Here is war)
- The harder the heart (The harder it breaks)
- Hell or high water
- Playong God (Deluxe bonus)
- Run for your life (Deluxe bonus)
- In lovong memory (Demo version (Deluxe bonus)
- Raising hell (Deluxe bonus)
Label: RCA Records
Genre: Modern Metal
Release date EU: August 14, 2015