BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – VENOM
Release Date: 14th August 2015
℗ 2015 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
- No Way Out
- Army of Noise
- You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)
- The Harder the Heart (The Harder It Breaks)
- Hell or High Water
What a sensational year 2015 has been thus far for devotees of metal music the world over, and that sensation continues with the upcoming release from Bullet for My Valentine. VENOM is a ‘must have’ for lovers of the band, metal and moreover, anyone who appreciates a band at the pinnacle of magnificence.
This glorious work is the fruit of essential music making elements being brought together and made manifest in a single work. At the forefront of those elements is the brotherhood of band members making a conscious decision to do what they love, together in comradery and uninhibited by outside influences. The works were largely created and refined in guitarist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget’s own studio, with the group drawing out their tremendous best in the comfort of their friendship and unfettered by the agenda of outsiders.
Opener V is a harmonic doorway opening to a new era for BFMV, demonstrative of the fact that despite enormous success previously, the band are not resting on their laurels. Traditional followers of Bullet For My valentine will be utterly thrilled that their beloved band is capable of taking their experience, knowledge and musical finery to a whole new level of brilliance. Venom is a superb collection of works for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost is the raw emotion made manifest in lyrics. Perhaps the comfort of familiar company allowed the group to explore the dark shadows of experience and produce such raw emotion and honesty, all to music metaphorically bearing fangs and repeatedly striking, attacking in vicious and unrelenting fury.
No Way Out captures your attention immediately in furious splendour forcing you to the realisation that this is indeed BFMV born again, recapturing the elements that guaranteed their success originally and applying that essence to a monumental musical progression.
Army Of Noise is a track of monumental importance to the avid fan and its placement on Venom is equally imperative purely because it demonstrates and celebrates the skills of each band member on their progressive journey of perfection.
To say that each track is better than the last would be haphazard application of an overused cliché. A more applicable observation is that each track is of equal quality to that of the previous, but with each song you learn more about the bands journey. With each subsequent track you hear more impressive elements that give each their own identity, whether that be vocal brilliance, guitar excellence, powerful percussive perfection, lyrical appeal or sheer musical appeal.
Bullet For My Valentine have created a masterpiece of metal celebration in Venom that is the culmination of 17 years of expressional journey and experience, self-examination, determination and furious malevolence made manifest in an exceptional work of splendiferous quality. Expect Bullet For My Valentine exceeding their historical superiority and you will not be disappointed. Venom is BFMV let off the leash. Bravura.