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    Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:50:51

    Bullet For My Valentine "Riot" Song Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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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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    "It's time for war," snarls Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck on "Riot".

    Touting a thrash blast riff, the fight begins immediately with a bang on the band's second single from Temper Temper. "Riot" stands out as one of the most incendiary sonic grenades in Bullet For My Valentine's well-stocked arsenal. Michael "Moose" Thomas powers through an intense drum groove matched by Jason James's violent bass wallop. The fretboards practically burn up under Tuck and Michael "Padge" Paget's fleet-fingered virtuosity, especially once the solo kicks in.

    Temper Temper truly feels like a landmark for the group already. It's like that moment when Megadeth dropped Countdown to Extinction, Metallica unleashed The Black Album, or Pantera unveiled Vulgar Display of Power. The technicality is there, but the grooves are too.

    The war for metal supremacy is well underway and Bullet For My Valentine are winning it.

    Rick Florino
    12.17.12


    "Riot" hits iTunes January 15, while Temper Temper drops February 12.

    Listen to "Riot" below!



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