It has always amused me how some metal fans like to think that by putting down bands like BFMV, they are somehow more true to the cause. Not the case. By the way, for any sneerer who doubts my metal credentials, here are 5 bands I love: Shadows Fall, Children Of Bodom, Mendeed, Chimaira and Pantera. I dislike bands like MCR, and think that most emo kids are whiny, overprivileged white-boys without any real problems.
Who knew? I also like Bullet For My Valentine. This is a solid, consistent album not afraid to mix the harder, headbanging elements of traditional metal with a melodic edge. I love metal to bits, but sometimes the constant ear-bleeding assault can get a little monotonous. Bullet, on the other hand, inject some mellowness every now and then to keep their formula fresh. And it works!
You see, what some idiots fail to grasp is, you don't need to be ultra-heavy to be metal. It isn't a cardinal sin to make songs you can hear the words to. Sometimes, I doubt if any of them own an Iron Maiden album between them. '4 Words To Choke Upon', with its distinctive intro and iconic nature, is the crowning glory IMHO. 'Her Voice Resides', 'Hit The Floor' and 'All These Things I Hate' come close, all chugging along nicely. The pace never lets up for long, and by the time closer 'The End' announces itself, you want to hear more. A confident, driven debut from a band who show the promise of greater things in the future, and are already approaching iconic status on the British metal scene. (if you like this, get the self-titled EP too - the one with 'Hand Of Blood' on)
Judge a band not on how 'commercial' they are or how closely they sound like their predecessors, but the quality of the music and how it speaks to you.
And above all, don't listen to reviews from bitter, negative people who have to slag a band off just because they don't exactly match the sound they like.