ALBUM REVIEW : Bullet For My Valentine - 'Venom'
ALBUM REVIEW : Bullet For My Valentine - 'Venom' - Lead photo by Sumeet Pawar

ALBUM REVIEW : Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Venom’

This ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ article was written by Tom Wakenell a GIGsoup contributor – Lead photo by Sumeet Pawar

4*Welsh metal act Bullet For My Valentine have released their highly anticipated fifth album Venom.

After alienating most hardcore Bullet fans with their previous album Temper Temper, the band knew they had to step it up a gear with their newest effort, which is exactly what they’ve done.

Venom kicks off with an intro track in a similar vein to Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking the Fallen, with a steady crescendo of eerie guitar tones and subtle screams. The climax of the intro is met with frontman Matt Tuck’s sudden bellow of “No Way Out”, which erupts into chaotic drumming and guitars and sets the tone of the rest of the album.

Immediately it is noticeable that Bullet have attempted to bring back elements of their classic album The Poison, as demonstrated in both No Way Out and Army of Noise. The guitar solos are reminiscent of that era, with their sporadic and rapid pace, yet they stay melodic.

The recent inclusion of new bassist Jamie Mathias has made an impact in Bullet’s sound as there appears to be more depth in the lower parts of their music. Bullet’s music sounds refreshing and exciting for the first time since Fever and their incredible ability for creating music filled with angst has returned.

You Want a Battle? Here’s the War is a powerful song with a gang-vocal intro which is an instant reminder of While She Sleeps’ Four Walls and a clear reason why British metal acts are on the rise.

Whilst the lyrical content has always been an issue for Bullet’s music in the past, they have certainly stepped it up in Venom and it is no longer as cringe-worthy as it used to be. Songs such as the title track; Venom and Pariah are prime examples of Tuck’s mature lyrics which boost the overall integrity of the songs.

Skin is a personal highlight from the album. From start to finish it is Bullet at their finest, with the slick guitar solo in the intro, assisted by double bass drums, you can hear Bullet’s refined sound throughout.

Overall, Venom doesn’t quite reach the level of Bullet’s older output, but it certainly surpasses Temper Temper and it is certain to win the band many fans back.

‘Venom’ is out now on RCA Records

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