Bullet For My Valentine - Fever

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Metal
Jive Records
Bullet For My Valentine
Fever
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With bands like Yeasayer and La Roux becoming more popular, it is also becoming clearer that the music industry’s adoration of revivalist-movements is at an all-time high, most notably rehashing the eighties’ most beloved genres. Sure, pop artists everywhere are recreating antique, hallucinogenic sounds, but they have not been the first nor will they be the last to "innovate" upon that which they are reviving. Case in point: metal is a genre which has been expanding upon ideas of old since its origins. Nostalgic ‘70s walls of guitar are considered mainstream (Priestess), and records like Bullet for My Valentine’s Scream, Aim, Fire are expected. In fact, this record's eery sense of familiarity proved both a critical and a mainstream flop. Therefore, it seems odd that Bullet for My Valentine would continue to expand on the eighties-“influence” which made them so derivative and downright bland. What’s been heard on Scream, Aim, Fire has been done-over on Fever as if only to prove that their sophomore album was a fluke rather than a testament to their inability to innovate or interest. It simply hasn’t worked.

In an attempt to delve further, Bullet for My Valentine’s sound is one that has been produced before by far better bands, fused with modernity and one-dimensionality. Tepid, nasally, and lifeless vocals dominate the album, causing just as many problems as the trite ”eighties-metal-light” musicianship. Forced power chords and preditable, idiotic sweeps fill the album as though there was some sort of benefit to it. In short, there's not. By continually including boring and expected power-chords, the band prove that they can bring arena-rock into the new age. But it’s not a very good imitation that they’re attempting, as Fever is seemingly heartless, generic, and bound to alienate the band’s fans. What's worse is that Bullet for My Valentine have simply slunk into a creative rut, as Fever is nothing more than one underwhelming idea addressed far too often over the course of about fifty minutes.

Essentially this idea is that metalcore has to revolve around nasally vocals, average musicianship, and a lack of dynamics, or overall excitement for that matter. Instead of crescendoes, lulls, tempo-shifts, etc., etc., Bullet for My Valentine take the route of insipid metal style, casting away all technicality, originality, catchiness, or any sense of identity in order to perfect the art of the mainstream. Unfortunately, Bullet for My Valentine aren't even able to accomplish that. They've crafted tracks which drag out painfully tried ideas and have no flair to them at all. What little ferocity that's found on "Begging for Mercy" (one of te album's most entertaining songs) is painfully tepid, predictable, and still unassuming. Again, whatever intricacy is on "Alone" is soon overshadowed by Bullet for My Valentine's incompetence in the field of songwriting. This flaw takes the reigns, and in due course Bullet for My Valentine take the art of droning, laughable radio-rock/metal to new extremes. But I digress. It will certainly please fans of the genre, but for those who already detest the oddly-similar "hits" will find Fever an irritating breed.

1. Your Betrayal
2. Fever
3. The Last Fight
4. A Place Where You Belong
5. Pleasure And Pain
6. Alone
7. Breaking Out Breaking Down
8. Bittersweet Memories
9. Dignity
10. Begging For Mercy
11. Pretty On The Outside

Bullet for My Valentine are a metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matt Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. ... read more

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