Following on from the success of ‘Fever’, ‘Temper Temper’ is the latest offering from welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine, a band that have gone from strength to strength since their debut album ‘The Poison’ back in 2005. The band recently debuted the album’s title track on Radio 1’s rock week, which marked a powerful return to the UK rock scene ahead of this highly anticipated album.
‘Fever’ peaked at no.5 in the UK charts, and no.3 in the Billboard top 200 in the US, so it’s no surprise that the band decided to stick with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam/Linkin Park) on this album too. The production on this album gives a massive, powerful sound, yet huge amounts of clarity, something many releases tend to overlook in this day and age.
The album kicks off with ‘Breaking Point’. It throws you right in at the deep end with the aggressive screaming vocals from frontman Matt Tuck and the fast-paced, driving guitars that BFMV are renowned for. It’s a no holds barred introduction, to what proves to be a very solid album. This power and energy is carried on to the riff-filled tracks ‘Truth Hurts’ and then the title track ‘Temper Temper’.
The album isn’t just a full on assault to the ears from start to finish, there are some more thought provoking tracks including ‘Dead To The World’ and which provides a nice change in dynamics. This light and shade doesn’t last for long however, as they soon ramp it back up in tempo to ‘Riot’, a heavy, rhythmic and powerful song full of the classic riffs and harmonies BFMV have built their success on. This is going to be the first official single from the album and will be released on February 3rd.
The album ends on a high with another stand out track ‘Livin’ Life (On The Edge Of A Knife)’ this is a mixture of punishing drums, hook-filled guitar melodies, soaring vocals and a unique sense of aggression that will encourage you to put the album on again.
Unfortunately, Tuck still isn’t the greatest lyricist in the world. A lot of the songs tend to lack depth and passion lyrically, however this is often counteracted by the delivery of the vocals, and the gripping riffs underneath them which helps to keep interest, despite the somewhat flawed lyrics.
They haven’t broken any new boundaries or done anything particularly groundbreaking with this album, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is classic BFMV at its best. A lot of the tracks on this album wouldn’t feel out of place on ‘Fever’. If you like the other albums, you’ll be a fan of this one, however they’ll be unlikely to capture new audiences with this release.
Reviewer: Ash Hughes