Bullet For My Valentine
Fever


1.5
very poor

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
April 19th, 2010 | 154 replies | 14,904 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Bullet For My Valentine have, over the past few years, really made their style one which is undeniably fun and mostly enjoyable. However, the path has clearly been blazed with Fever that the likable qualities of Bullet For My Valentine's sound are slowly starting to diminish. One-dimensional clean vocals reign supreme and really wallow in the realm of desperately accessible and laughably emotionless. Even during more sincere moments like “A Place Where You Belong”, they aren’t especially fluid nor are they effective at conveying any sense of loss, desperation, or mourning as they seem to strive for.

But I digress. Putting aside the clean vocals which dominate the soundscapes of Fever, the instruments are equally confused in what exactly is supposed to be conveyed. The chugging metalcore riffing is dominant throughout the verses, oddly juxtaposed beside wailing guitar solos which carry no ebb and flow that any decent guitar solo would try for. The fact that the riffs don't try to break out of their usual patterns is proof that the songwriting is to blame here, not the musicianship. Indeed, Michael Paget is a talented guitarist; I’m not trying to deny that, it’s just that the songwriting here doesn’t need the full range of his knowledge. Some solos are good and are used to good effect (see “Pleasure And Pain” for an example of this) but for the most part the guitars simply repeat a heavy verse, melodic chorus pattern.

The main problem with Fever is the fact that it is basically one idea spread incredibly thin over a period of fifty minutes. If you’ve heard one song, you’ve heard them all. This noticeable lack in creative variety is what ultimately leads to the failure of Fever as an enjoyable album. The mask of some technical guitar work can, at times, take the listener's attention off the bland and repetitive riffs. There are almost no moments where the bass or drums steal the show and even the harsh vocals, an element once abundant in Bullet For My Valentine’s sound, is almost tossed completely aside in favor of catchy clean vocals. This may, perhaps, be an attempt to reach out to a wider audience who still consider screaming in music taboo. Whatever the case may be, the average instrumental performance on Fever causes the album to grow stale quickly. No emotional bridges are introduced to showcase another side to the instrumentation, no building riffs which lead to memorable crescendos, not even any memorable guitar leads. Instead we are left with insipid, lurid song structures which deal in neither originality nor creativity.

“Begging For Mercy” does introduce an element of ferocity which was absent during the previous nine tracks, but sadly it is too little, too late. Fever is an album which even fans of the band will find themselves hesitant to go back to and listen to in its entirety. Listeners will most likely, in the long run, stick to only a handful of the more interesting songs, casting the remaining tacks aside as filler. Fever is a lifeless album which does nothing, goes nowhere, and doesn’t instill a single thought or emotion in the listener. It's eleven-tracks seem like they're sixteen or seventeen, going by so painfully slow that most listeners will find themselves exhausted by track seven. I really can’t find any reason to wholeheartedly or even faintly recommend Fever, in fact if I was asked I would point toward the band’s debut album The Poison for its eerily likable qualities, ones which have somehow disappeared in favor of something which is straightforward, simple, and soulless.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010



16000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Didn't see this one coming, eh.

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theacademy
April 20th 2010



27694 Comments


this is really rushed and poorly written but im not going to neg yet.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010



30298 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kerrang magazine will probably love this album

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

PanasonicYouth
April 20th 2010



7410 Comments


look at that sideboob

Waior
April 20th 2010



11421 Comments


Nah, review is sound... album is as expected. I saw this review coming as much as I saw your Demon Hunter one... which I didn't foresee at all.

Does that girl have a claw?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010



16000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If you think it's poorly written then neg, it's your choice man.


Does that girl have a claw?

Yeah, she does. I quite like the album cover, actually.

JWT155
April 20th 2010



9184 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Too bad her damn hand... WTF a fucking pincher is in the way.

TheSpirit
April 20th 2010



16662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I started a review on this about an hour ago and have been stuck half way through the second paragraph without anyway to clearly illustrate how awful this was. I gave up only to see you have completed a review with the exact same rating, and probably much better written than I could've done







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theacademy
April 20th 2010



27694 Comments


k. wanted to finish the review.

Bullet For My Valentine have been really meandering around lost for a while now, torn as to whether they really enjoy their streamlined songwriting or whether they want to attain something more; something which maybe just maybe will warrant a polite nod as something which is relatively decent or even enjoyable in a guilty pleasure sense.


this is like 8 sentences.

i liked "begging for mercy" but i think this will be bad..

Waior
April 20th 2010



11421 Comments


probably means she has crabs

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010



16000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I didn't notice that you were writing one until after I posted this and saw it in the new article, so apologies if I stole it. I'm waiting for a positive review to see what someone who likes it says about it.

this is like 8 sentences.

I'll cut it down to like 4 ;)

i liked "begging for mercy" but i think this will be bad..

Yeah Begging For Mercy is probably my favorite song off this album.

Ire
April 20th 2010



41454 Comments


Review is pretty well written considering that the album just streamed.

I would imagine that my rating would be the same if I heard this.

PanasonicYouth
April 20th 2010



7410 Comments


i was gonna post a picture of krabby but figured i'd get banned for pokemon faggotry


TheSpirit
April 20th 2010



16662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nah don't worry you didn't steal it at all. It was giving me more trouble then it was worth so i just gave up and prayed someone would write a negative....needless to say, prayers answered.

theacademy
April 20th 2010



27694 Comments


I'll cut it down to like 4 ;)


sorry. i just felt weird not citing anything to justify it. people are so neg sensitive around here.

PanasonicYouth
April 20th 2010



7410 Comments


i wonder why

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010



16000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sorry. i just felt weird not citing anything to justify it. people are so neg sensitive around here.

Na it's cool it's all about opinion, right?

theacademy
April 20th 2010



27694 Comments


yea exactly jeez...

Waior
April 20th 2010



11421 Comments


this thread is so friendly!

PanasonicYouth
April 20th 2010



7410 Comments


just like crabs



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