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Two years after crashing into the US Billboard charts at number 4 with the album Scream, Aim, Fire, Welsh four piece Bullet for my Valentine return with their third album, Fever, produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park) and mixed by Chris Lord Alge. The band--vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck, guitarist Michael Paget, bassist Jason James and drummer Michael Thomas--recorded Fever in studios both in their native Wales and in Los Angeles. The guys were named Kerrang! Best British Band in both 2008 and 2009 (after winning best newcomer in 2006) and have supported legendary acts such as Metallica, Guns n Roses and Iron Maiden.
Bullet for My Valentine are the biggest British metal band since Iron Maiden. That’s a statement that (still) rankles the more pernickety metal fan, who continues to claim that, because BFMV focus on huge tunes (and have a penchant for syrupy ballads) rather than huge lyrics, and have meticulously straightened hair that’s more salon than sweatbox, they lack credibility. It’s just not true. They simply have more strings to their bow than the average metal band, hence their sure and steady rise to the top.
2008’s Scream Aim Fire, the band’s second long-player, went top five in both the UK and US upon release, and for its follow-up heavyweight producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne) has been brought in to create an album that will become ubiquitous. BFMV are aiming for world domination, and with Fever they may well achieve it.
The military drumming of Your Betrayal opens the album with infantry intensity and then some wonderfully crisp riffing gives way to Matt Tuck whispering about insanity and such. This approach is maintained throughout the rolling, pogo-friendly title-track and the fantastically frantic The Last Fight. The three make for a brilliant opening trio.
Tuck is still an awful lyricist, though. This is as true a statement as the opening sentence, and it’s the other, less-appealing side of the BFMV coin. All the songs feature rhyming couplets of lost love at every turn, and repeated refrains that are inescapably, pitifully self-loathing. Luckily, irksome lyrics are always followed up by stunning riffs, and it’s this method that ensures that every song is simple enough to be memorable – arguably all that counts in a rise to stardom.
Maybe as an acknowledgement of their critics, there’s only one real ballad to be found on Fever – but Bittersweet Memories, with lyrics of childish despair and forlorn desire, is the weakest track here. The brightest standout is Alone, which rocks to a rampaging riff that courses all the way to its core – it’s sure to give any listener shivers, such is its magnitude.
Despite the lyrics failing to improve upon previous efforts, elsewhere Fever represents a significant step forward, and practically guarantees that BFMV will fulfil the expectations preceding its release. An outstanding set of songs, this collection will raise the temperatures of metal fans across the globe. --Raziq Rauf
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Top Customer Reviews
Fever, the next track is to me the best hard rock song on the whole album. It kicks off with the guitar riff and then the unison work again. the chourus is really great and has a really good bridge as well. a very strong song in all.
The Last Fight is also a really goof song, again a really good chourus and some good guitar work.
Now to the best song on the album... a place where we belong is the best song on the album. it has very powerful lyrics and is really though provoking.
The album goes along the same, the other stand out track being dignity, it is the hardest track on the album dare i say and is a very strong track.
Overall this album is very good and has given me a taste of how metal is. I will be looking forward to hear more of bfmv. A very goodd album, highly recomended.
I was really excited because it's one of my favoured albums..
But to my disappointment it arrived broken
The cover was bend in several places and both the vinyls were broken in the middle and had chunks of it broken off
I'm so disappointed
Firstly, on it's own, without comparing Fever to the past albums, the album is very good. The intro to the album in 'Your Betrayal' is powerful, with many songs following which are great musically. Some songs such as 'A Place Where You Belong' are refreshingly different, being much slower.
The amount of screaming has decreased in Fever, leaving the song to be more to do with Matthew Tuck's singing and then unfortunately, the lyrics. The lyric quality in this album is lacking; the track 'Fever' being crude and many other songs are disappointing to say the least lyrically by being simple and unimpressive.
Overall then, compared to the previous albums, it is nearly, but not quite as good and if the lyrics had been improved and some of the former passion that gripped Bullet For my Valentine had been kept, this album would easily have been 5 stars.
Personally, I think it is fantastic.
So what if it's not like old Bullet? It's new Bullet and you can't beat a bit of change.
And as for the lyrics, there is nothing wrong with them. You sit down and try and write a great set of lyrics.
So if you are just discovering Bullet, buy this album and you will not be disappointed.
Firstly the lyrics are poor......no, rubbish......no, awful.....actually they're on the verge of abysmal! Have a quick search for some of their lyrics (e.g. Fever) and you may agree with me. They do not flow, they do not have meaning and come across very forced. They don't reach out as if to say `this is what I'm trying to say and this is how I feel'. Get your head around the lyrics and try to ignore what they're saying and the tracks may become more appealing as some of the riffs and general structure of the songs are quite catchy!
After listening to it a few times I must admit a couple of songs have grown on me, which shows signs of a good album in my eyes. Sometimes you can buy an album that you really like after a few listens but tires very quickly. Having said this, I do not believe there are any fantastic tracks that you would highlight and shove under someone's nose and say `you need to hear this track!' Four words to choke upon, tears don't fall, all these things I hate, waking the demon, hearts burst into fire, suffocating under words of sorrow, hand of blood they are all cracking tracks which make this band so fantastic and unique but unfortunately for this album I believe there is not a single track that can match up to these.
I think it's very interesting to see so many different opinions on this album and am disappointed that I don't share any of the positive ones because I think these guys are fantastic! This is one of them albums where you need to just judge for yourself but gets 3 stars from me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite a lot of catchy songs, some being bullet's best, however there are a few mundane songs too.Published 2 months ago by Shinyrock300
Having seen them play most of the songs Dron this album live, I still believe it's one of (if not) the best album they've made so far. A must for any metal head.Published 9 months ago by Duncan Forbes