Bullet for My Valentine "Temper Temper" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:02:04
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"You won't win this fight," snarls Bullet for My Valentine singer and guitarist Matt Tuck on "Breaking Point".
If he's referencing the fight for modern metal supremacy, he's absolutely right. Bullet for My Valentine are at the top of their own game with Temper Temper. At the same time, they're destined to take over the entire genre with this one. Guess what? They deserve to as well.
Temper Temper expertly fuses the quartet's signature tight, technical thrash with the biggest hooks of their career. The tempos slow down a bit just to allow the sonic pummeling to hit even harder. "Breaking Point" gallops from intricate riffing into a face-melting lead as Tuck warns, "Eye for an eye". Bassist Jason James and drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas forge unshakable rhythms through songs like "Truth Hurts", claiming their place as one of the best bass and drum duos in the game. Michael Paget and Tuck trade licks like Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett on "Leech" and "Riot". All four elements come together to form one unstoppable metallic machine.
The title track delivers a wallop for the ages that's bound to get crowds at Download bouncing on their feet and reaching to the sky. "Dead to the World" elegantly nods to Ride the Lightning and Countdown to Extinction in terms of its eerie soundscape and immersive lyrics. Meanwhile, "Saints & Sinners" thrashes with a grit and guttural groove that metal hasn't seen in way too long, but it's done with Bullet For My Valentine's inherent brutality intact.
Everything culminates on the vitriolic "Livin' Life (On the Edge of a Knife)". It's one of the group's heaviest songs ever, and it rips with a timeless reckless abandon, especially as the chorus takes off.
This is everything Bullet for My Valentine should be in 2013. They've released a record worthy of classic status, and they're primed to dominate. As far as anybody's concerned, the fight's over, and they won.
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