Bullet for My Valentine
The Poison


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
November 29th, 2006 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For being their first full album, it is a thriller. Features a great all around performance that is necessary on every CD. It has minor flaws, but is still a great CD nonetheless.

Bullet For My Valentine, another talented, yet fairly unheard of band coming out of the United Kingdom, until they released the two singles for this album. The album, entitled "The Poision" has much anticipated guitar riffs and great drum work. Matt Tuck's Vocals aren't too bad either.

The metalcore band got their first single released to the radio and a few video games, including Madden NFL '06 and NHL '06, with the song being the hard hitting 4 Words (To Choke Upon). The whole band gets into the act throughout the song and most of the CD, featuring hard hitting bass riffs and high flying guitar solos. Matt does an excellent job screaming throuhgout the album, and creates a wide variety of sounds on this album.

There are two standout tracks I want to mention. They are Tears Don't Fall and All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me). Tears Don't Fall is the most well put together song on the album, and the soft intro on the guitar leads up to the full eargasm that you hear throughout the song. This is probably the most radio friendly song on the album, as the others are a bit on the harder song. The lyrics are depressing, like they are in about just every song on the CD. Matt does a good job of singing them, but they could have chosen some better lyrics. Some great riffs and solos happen at the 3:04 mark that are pretty awesome that stand out from the rest of the album. ATTIH(RAM), the other song I mentioned, features a great acoustic guitar intro to a song, considering it is a metalcore band. The difference between the soft versus and the hard hitting choruses is nearly flawless, it is that good.

The sound of this album is pretty good, considering that they use two guitarists. They both do a good job of not stealing the spotlight, but rather taking the advantage of using two guitarists and putting it to the max (at least through most of the album). The clean guitar isn’t used often, but when it is used, it is simply brilliant. The drums provide the driving beat that keeps the music from stalling. The cymbals and snare are used well. They also provide the the “boom” in the songs, if you know what I mean. Michael Thomas drum beats can sound very technical at one point, but then very simple at another point, so he knows how to mix things up.

The only flaw I find in this album, is that Jason James needs to turn the knob up on his bass guitar. When you hear it, it is pretty good, but you should be able to hear it all the time. Everything about this album is great except for that. Bass can add a lot to the album, and if only we could hear this, imagine what it would sound like.

Overall, I think this is a great album, with an aggressive feel to it. There are a couple skippable tracks, but still a good listen for most, and it features a lot of heavy songs.

Recommended Songs:
Her Voice Resides
4 Words (To Choke Upon)
Tears Don’t Fall
All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)
The End



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Acey
November 29th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

something a little different for me, but i like it

Angmar
November 29th 2006


2689 Comments


yeah come on dude ur at 40 reviews this is just weak take your time!!!

godLike
November 30th 2006


126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Very superficial review. And I completely disagree with your two "standout tracks"; they're horrible.
Best tracks are easily intro and outro. Seriously.

Wizard
November 30th 2006


19646 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Can we all say, too little, too late. I think this doesnt apply to any band better than this one. These guys sound like they ripped off Trivium. And around here, thats not a good thing! Not a bad review, but could use major improvement!

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Mister Mop
November 30th 2006


266 Comments


Acey... i somewhat recall several journals of yours explaining how much we all sucked and that you actually had a life and that you were never coming on sputnik again

so why are u still posting mediocre reviews?... don't you have any real friends?

Acey
November 30th 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as a matter of fact, Mister Mop, I do have a lot of friends, that is why i dont spend as much time on Sputnik like a lot of people here.

SCREAM!
November 30th 2006


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry acey but that was pretty bad (this album is pretty bad too)

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Mister Mop
December 1st 2006


266 Comments


Acey.,.. you do spend a lot of time on here... you have submitted almost 40 reviews in 5 months and have like a zillion comments

Zesty Mordant
December 1st 2006


1196 Comments


this isn't necessarily a bad review (so I won't neg it), but considering you've written 40 some odd reviews before it strongly suggests you have no concept of progression at all.
so...you might wanna work on that, but hey, whatever floats your boat

Mister Mop
December 1st 2006


266 Comments


thats an Approved Reviewer's way of saying... U SUCK!

Acey
December 1st 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're not an aprooved reivewer, i know he is, but i dont have to listen to a word you have to say Mr Mop.This Message Edited On 12.01.06

SCREAM!
December 1st 2006


10395 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ypu've got 40 reviews and are still not an approved reviewer. Ask yourself why Acey.

The Door Mouse
December 1st 2006


2092 Comments


I'm saying this in the most kindest way. I would rate this review a 3/5 if this was a 1st reviewer that just joined the site. I see you have 40 so now it is like a 1.75/5. I'm sorry you can't get over the slump.

Acey
December 1st 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i just dont know how to make it better and trying to please everyone that comes to this site, any suggestions that havent already been mentioned

The Door Mouse
December 1st 2006


2092 Comments


We've been helping youever since your first review. Just spend more time, proofread it and ask yourself 'Would I vote yes for this review?'

Acey
December 1st 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that might help, i usually do proofread it, and it sounds fine, but i will look again in the future

r0wney
December 20th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

verry good cd. propz to them



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