This group is truly gifted and knows how to lay down riffs and melodies. I play guitar and can pretty much relate to a lot of the stuff they play. Its a great album and definitely worth the buy. This album is between metal and mainstream. The hardcore metal fans will most likely be disappointed do to the fact theres no one yelling and barking through out the whole track as to where you cant understand what he’s trying to say. This album is what metal should be in terms of singing….incoherent garble just doesn’t do a song justice.
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First off, I’m an 80’s metal guy. I love bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Dio, Megadeth. And for years, it’s been difficult for me to get into any new metal bands…until now! What an amazing band. Finally, you have a band that has the makings of a great modern day metal band, yet their music still firmly reflects their 80’s roots. I love this album. If you love your metal with pounding riffs, killer solos, and a whole lot of attitude, buy this cd. This is the best British rock band to come onto the scene in years.
This cd is like taking a little Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and 36 Crazyfists and swirling it all together and out comes “THE POISON”. (Yes it is that good) Why aren’t these guys household names? They are hands down better than the majority of the garbage “metal-core” bands out there. Songs such as “Suffocating under words of sorrow” and “Tears don’t fall” are prime examples of this bands ability. Matt Tuck has awesome vocals and writes some damn good tunes! The rest of the band oozes with power and dominance. Every tune on this cd is amazing and hard hitting. Watch out Trivium you now have some competetion. Get this cd and don’t listen to any negative reviews you may here about this band, they are still stuck in the past! Bullet for my valetine = m/m/
Bullet for my Valentine basically take emo/hardcore elements, and serve them up with a healthy dose of thrash and melodic death metal, to create a sound that is definitely a cut above the rest. Sure, frontman Matt Tuck can get a little emo-ish at times, but he’s also a good screamer, and the band is always quick with a blazing riff, a scorching solo, an Iron Maiden-ish melody, or a blistering double bass attack. I’d say this album is really more metal than anything, so if you’ve always wanted a bit more metal in this type of music, then you’re likely to find plenty of enjoyment here. These guys are great musicians, who really know how to rock hard. Best song is “The End”, a 7-minute epic that alternates between dark, haunting melodies, and powerful climactic riffs. The rest are in the 3-4 minute range, and a bit more straight-forward, but still full of interesting dynamics. It never gets boring for a second.
Overall, this album really took me by surprise. Not quite amazing, but when you consider how awful a lot of these kinds of bands are, these guys are really something special. Recommended to fans of Thrice and Alexisonfire, as well as fans of Shadows Fall and In Flames, or just to anyone who enjoys well-played heavy music with plentiful melody.
When referring to this British four piece, the phrase “the next big thing” has been tossed around more than a hot potato. Of course, Bullet For My Valentine wouldn’t have so much potential if metalcore weren’t the fad right now. But there is a disadvantage to metalcore being so popular: there is a lot of competition. Because there are so many other metalcore bands, nothing on “The Poison” is 100% new or innovative (even the singing-screaming choruses grow old after a while.) Fortunately, BFMV have a few characteristics (like guitar solos) that help them stand out from other bands, like Killswitch Engage.
After the first track (a brief, soft instrumental which is appropriately titled “Intro” and features Apocalyptica’s cellos), “Her Voice Resides” blows the gates wide open, with super heavy yelling and fiery, chugging riffs. “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” is backed by a pounding rhythm with fast double bass drumming, and some cleanly sung vocals. “Tears Don’t Fall” is partially melodic and restrained (it begins with soft strumming), but it also has a couple of breakneck tempo changes (where the song catapults into machine gun riffing). The last two tracks worth mentioning are “Hit The Floor” and “Room 409.” The former track has scorching guitar work and an almost thunderous beat, and the latter has big, chunky riffs. But both of these songs are still somewhat melodic, because they both have a catchy “Woah-oh-oh” sing along.
Metalcore has kind of been run into the ground, so it can be hard, sometimes, to discern which bands are for real and which bands are just imitators. It’s definitely nothing we haven’t heard before, but “The Poison” is still an above average metalcore record. It’s not great, but it’s even further from being bad.
I can’t recommend it to everybody, because it depends on how much you like metalcore, but if you like metal (smokin’ riffs and pounding drums) streaked with melody (clean singing and occasional acoustic guitars), this is for you. And metalcore diehards will definitely want to check this out, and probably own it. Casual fans, however, should probably skip it.