Bullet for My Valentine
Fever


2.5
average

Review

by Locrian USER (13 Reviews)
April 30th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes good, often boring, but never great.

This album’s simple title might have disappointed some fans, but in a way “Fever” is an appropriate name for it. Think of the last time you had a fever. Your body temperature rose, and your skin felt hot to the touch. You most likely wanted this feeling to go away; you might even have wanted to feel cold. After a while, it seemed like you WERE getting colder, to the point where you were shivering. However, instead of feeling relieved, you were annoyed by the coldness. You wished that the hot feeling would return to wash away the cold feeling inside you. When it did, of course, you didn’t feel any better. This cycle continued until the fever went away.

That’s what it’s like to listen to this album. Listen to one song, and you will soon get tired of it. When you get to the next song, a catchy lead might grab your attention at first, but after a short while the song will become repetitive and possibly even uncomfortable. By no means is this a bad album, but the material presented here is simply not good enough to keep most listeners’ interest. A few catchy solos and choruses make the album listenable – even enjoyable on occasion – but for the most part the album feels quite flat and repetitive.

In 2010, Bullet for My Valentine is:

Matthew Tuck – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jason James – bass guitar, vocals
Michael Paget – lead guitar, backing vocals
Michael Thomas – drums

At least the band has finally settled on a consistent sound this time around. The band’s first two albums, “The Poison” and “Scream Aim Fire,” are so different at times that one might wonder whether the same band actually released them. Neither of those albums was particularly bad; “The Poison” had some great melodic parts and breakdowns, while “Scream Aim Fire” contained a nice amount of aggression and catchiness. However, both of them felt like the work of a band that didn’t really know what it was doing. For a band that had already released a couple of extended plays, this was definitely a problem, and it seems to have been fixed throughout “Fever.” It’s just too bad that the sound they settled on was a very generic one.

None of the songs are particularly bad, but a lot of them can be boring. Album opener “Your Betrayal” drags on for 36 seconds before anything interesting happens – a rather catchy lead that sounds a little like something Killswitch Engage might do. Slower tracks like “A Place Where You Belong” and “Bittersweet Memories” have a few good ideas, but they never go anywhere. The album’s longest track, “Alone,” begins with a nice display of tapping, albeit one that was probably placed there just for the purpose of showing off. However, six minutes is simply too long for the song, and as a result it is often repetitive. In fact, most of these songs could probably have been cut down a bit; the shortest song, “Pleasure and Pain,” is just under four minutes, but even that one seems to go on and on.

The other major problem with this album is the lyrics. They’re not poetic (older In Flames), or emotional (Killswitch Engage), or thought-provoking (As I Lay Dying). In fact, “Fever” has a few songs, like the title track, with lyrics that are almost laughingly bad. However, most of the lyrics are just boring, average, and they cover the same material. In short, they match a lot of the music on the album. At least the singing has improved a lot from “Scream Aim Fire,” although vocalist Matthew Tuck still isn’t screaming very much. In a few tracks, most notably “Your Betrayal,” he attempts to whisper a couple of lines, possibly taking inspiration from Avenged Sevenfold’s “Critical Acclaim.” It doesn’t really work, but at least it adds a bit of variety to an album that desperately needs it.

In conclusion, the album showcases a lot of very good ideas, but unfortunately they aren’t nearly as effective as they could have been. Although you might come back to a few songs every now and then, this is definitely not an album with a lot of replay value. People who really enjoyed the band’s previous albums will like “Fever,” and people who didn’t will find nothing of interest here.

Recommended Tracks: “The Last Fight,” “Breaking Out, Breaking Down,” “Begging for Mercy”

FINAL VERDICT: 2.5/5



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Locrian
April 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

My second attempt at reviewing this album. Hopefully, this one's better than the last now that I've listened to the album more.

maidenpmcc
April 30th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well written review man, pretty good.

bloozclooz
April 30th 2010


1770 Comments


sideboob

maidenpmcc
April 30th 2010


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What's that supposed to mean?

BigHans
April 30th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You improved it this time around. I like this album.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
April 30th 2010


1134 Comments


They’re not poetic (older In Flames), or emotional (Killswitch Engage), or thought-provoking (As I Lay Dying).


I lol'd. THEESSSS DIIIIIISTTTANNCEEEEE
/super emotional.

iswimfast
April 30th 2010


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review man. Dunno why nobody likes "Pretty on the Outside" though, I thought it was the best on the album.

Foxhound
April 30th 2010


4570 Comments


Nice first paragraph.

Emim
April 30th 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

STOP BEGGING FOR YOUR MERCY


Good review, pos'd

IGotShotInTheFace
April 30th 2010


444 Comments


Good review, I'm still pondering as to whether I should check this out. I enjoyed their other two albums and I'm digging the last fight.

Locrian
April 30th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

ThePalaceOfWisdom, listen to their Alive or Just Breathing album, it's got some of the most emotional and inspiring lyrics I've ever heard.

KebertXela
April 30th 2010


367 Comments


haven't heard this yet, but I thought the review was pretty good.

KebertXela
April 30th 2010


367 Comments


upon a second read, I think this is more accessible than a lot of the staff reviews on this site. Aside from a few self-referential moments in the writing I think it's written quite concisely.

Asiatic667
April 30th 2010


4648 Comments


I'm guessing the album cover is the best thing about this. haven't really bothered with the band in the past though, so idk

Locrian
May 1st 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Then yeah, I wouldn't recommend this one. I would like the album cover if I actually knew what it meant, or even if it meant anything at all.

peartnoy
May 6th 2010


1200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ALONE does not begin with sweep picking. It's just basic tapping.

Locrian
May 6th 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Fixed.

peartnoy
May 20th 2010


1200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Apart from that little mistake it's a very good review, i pos'd



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