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    Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:26:22

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    • Bullet for My Valentine - There's something that can be said for a band that has an audience howling way before they step out on stage.  The house lights had not even dimmed for Bullet For My Valentine’s entrance, and the crowd was already chanting song lyrics and attempting to crowd surf – absolutely insane. Once Bullet made their much anticipated entrance the metal heads, moshers, and surfers only grew in their enthusiasm. Through "Your Betrayal" and "Scream Aim Fire," there were more crowd surfers then security knew what to do with.  All the while BFMV shredded the faces of non-surfers. Though there was a good mix of songs performed from all three albums their set seemed a tad bit short, only playing about 12 songs. The crowd clearly loved every minute of every song but there was definitely room – and want – for more.-Lilly Ryden
    • Bullet for My Valentine - There's something that can be said for a band that has an audience howling way before they step out on stage.  The house lights had not even dimmed for Bullet For My Valentine’s entrance, and the crowd was already chanting song lyrics and attempting to crowd surf – absolutely insane. Once Bullet made their much anticipated entrance the metal heads, moshers, and surfers only grew in their enthusiasm. Through "Your Betrayal" and "Scream Aim Fire," there were more crowd surfers then security knew what to do with.  All the while BFMV shredded the faces of non-surfers. Though there was a good mix of songs performed from all three albums their set seemed a tad bit short, only playing about 12 songs. The crowd clearly loved every minute of every song but there was definitely room – and want – for more.-Lilly Ryden
    • Bullet for My Valentine - There's something that can be said for a band that has an audience howling way before they step out on stage.  The house lights had not even dimmed for Bullet For My Valentine’s entrance, and the crowd was already chanting song lyrics and attempting to crowd surf – absolutely insane. Once Bullet made their much anticipated entrance the metal heads, moshers, and surfers only grew in their enthusiasm. Through "Your Betrayal" and "Scream Aim Fire," there were more crowd surfers then security knew what to do with.  All the while BFMV shredded the faces of non-surfers. Though there was a good mix of songs performed from all three albums their set seemed a tad bit short, only playing about 12 songs. The crowd clearly loved every minute of every song but there was definitely room – and want – for more.-Lilly Ryden

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    • Bullet For My Valentine - Venom
    • Bullet For My Valentine - The Harder the Heart (The Harder It Breaks) [Audio]

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    The boys from Wales build a metal masterwork for this decade.

    Bullet For My Valentine score Album of the Week with their fifth full-length offering, Venom [RCA Records], out Friday August 14, 2015. 2013's Temper Temper saw the Welsh heavy metal gods—Matt Tuck [vocals, guitar], Michael "Padge" Paget [guitar], and Michael "Moose" Thomas [drums]—strike a delicate groove, which they've strengthened here and fused to the tight, taut modern thrash slam of their 2008 classic Scream Aim Fire. In essence, this is Bullet For My Valentine's finest hour thus far and a landmark for 21st century heavy metal—just to lay it all out there.

    Currently, the genre feels split into two with even more fragments and fractures on either half. On one side, you've got the likes of Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, whose anthemic chants land on radio, and appeal to the larger masses. On the other side, there are vestiges of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and all of the heavier, darker European fare a la the legions of At The Gates disciples. Bullet For My Valentine confidently bridges that gap with Venom (it's also something they're doing nightly on The Summer's Last Stand Tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God, and Motionless in White). The album has more than its fair share of bludgeoning heaviness and mind-numbing intricacy, enough to please the purists and shred aficionados. At the same time, it boasts massive hooks meant to ignite arenas and festival grounds. They confidently deliver both with the same explosiveness. Think of it like the Snapchat age's Rust In Peace or ...And Justice for All.

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