Album of the Week: Bullet For My Valentine 'Venom'
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:26:22
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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.
Watch the music video for "Army of Noise" from Bullet for My Valentine: