New Bullet For My Valentine Song is a New Bullet For My Valentine Song
Bullet For My Valentine never offended me the way they offended some — to me they were always the Bush to metalcore’s Nirvana, the band that got scooped up in the immediate wave of signings that followed their scene’s explosion and cut right to the heart of the musical formula with simpler, catchier songs and a blunted edge. No one ever claimed Bush were a bastion of grunge credibility, but they did write some memorable songs, ya know? And that is how I felt about The Poison when it came out in 2005/2006. Not a band I’m gonna hang my hat on, but there is certainly way worse out there. I haven’t paid much attention to anything they’ve done since then.
Fast-forward three albums and they’re still up to their same old tricks. New song “Raising Hell” starts off with an ominous intro and an “Ooooohh!” that might almost make Tom G. Warrior proud. The thrashy verse, provided you don’t despise clean vocals, is fine enough. But then the sing-songy chorus kicks in and you’re like, “Oh yeah, this formula was completely the thing eight years ago and boy does it sound dated now.” Not that there is anything inherently wrong with being of an era, but this particular thing is just… so done already, and even a decently catchy song is no longer enough to transcend that, to usurp all the other metal we’ve been listening to from our collective playlists. You’d love to see Bullet For My Valentine take a complete left turn and surprise everyone with like a funeral doom album or something, but yeah, not gonna happen. They will forever be that 2nd generation metalcore band. They will forever be Bush.
Check the radio rip of “Raising Hell” from BBC1 below before it gets yanked. No word yet on an album name or release date, although we do know it was produced by Terry Date.
[via The PRP]