Bullet for My Valentine
Fever


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
March 13th, 2011 | 26 replies | 4,856 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bullet For My Valentine step into 2010 making some new fans, while disappointing a larger portion of metalists. Can Bullet For My Valentine find a balance between melody, aggression and commerciability with their third effort?

Each band anybody will listen to has their own signature sound , sometimes you may not know how to describe it but that sound is always there throughout the music, Bullet For My Valentine have this effect, you may be able to describe aspects of their music but you will also find others with the same form or recipe. For listeners they will find this album far more enjoyable with no prior BFMV song experience as Fever touches a fan base of a more commercial level. The vocals have lost a greater majority of its screaming, and the clean vocals are steadily improving making this style of music more accessible to listeners more accustomed to a softer style of metal or classic rock (most of which would find at least something they like within this album). When Fever is placed next to their other works long-time fans may find themselves disappointed with the new musical direction from album to album it can still be realised as the standard Bullet For My Valentine recipe just with subtle to not so subtle changes, the transition from The Poison to Scream Aim Fire display a change in writing style the tracks matured, while the tracks in Fever show a commercial growth using a higher level of catchy, memorable vocal lines. The question for the listener remains “Is this a step for a better Bullet For My Valentine?” The answer depends entirely on the preferences of the listener.

Fever starts strongly with opening track ‘Your Betrayal’ with a very tasteful marching snare and bass drum rhythm combined with the effect of the in time guitar work and bass guitar lines, from this introduction most would have high hopes for the entire of this album, however the usual flaws for Bullet For My Valentine remain; mainly the sometimes corny and cliché lyrical lines. This may not be entirely seen as a negative feature of the album but after hearing four or five tracks it becomes a little tiring for the listener.
As usual listeners can expect various levels of guitar techniques and extensive levels of guitar ‘wankery’ with guitar solos a plenty; the bands guitar based fans will have plenty to look forward to. The bass guitar however tends to hug the main lines of the albums tracks. The drumming may not overly standout on the album but the various fills, and technical ability should be looked over again before being dismissed, while not overly technical they remain the most consistent feature of Bullet For My Valentines sound.

Down points of this album include the use of ‘filler’ tracks such as “Alone” and “A Place Where You Belong”. These tracks don’t have the same impact of the other tracks on Fever and listeners may feel like they’ve heard some of the musical ideas and themes before and tracks may feel like they start to blend. If these songs however are played separately or in a shuffled order they may turn into a satisfying listen.

Fever while not overly technical and whilst not entirely special displays music that is both heavy enough to appease its metalcore fans and also light enough to attract a different kind of fan base (mainly a traditional rock/hard rock fan base) or as an album to act as a stepping stone into the metal genre.
To say Fever is the same old Bullet For My Valentine would be incorrect as no two BFMV albums have been written the same way, however from a first listen it can simply be said with a small amount of excitement: This is Bullet For My Valentine’s third album.

Highlights Include: Your Betrayal, The Last Fight, Dignity, Pretty On The Outside,



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theuprightman24
March 13th 2011



17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah agree with a lot of what you are saying here.

I really like the album but you can't take BFMV to seriously - they fill the niche nicely though. You certainly have to be in the BFMV zone to listen to it but once your are it's pretty sweet.

dimsim3478
March 13th 2011



4708 Comments


Pos'.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Strider
March 13th 2011



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your sentences are too long, check your punctuation. Other than that, it's a good review.

Tyrael
March 13th 2011



20713 Comments


Good review for an average album.

dimsim3478
March 13th 2011



4708 Comments


It's extremely mediocre. It's kind of like Killswitch Engage II; a band rehashing their previous, repetitive material.

Pyosisified
March 13th 2011



2450 Comments


It's extremely mediocre

Album Rating: 3

so sputnik

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011



7311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, and I agree with the rating. It's repetitive and predictable, but catchy as hell in places and ultimately pretty good for what it is.

Darkvoid67
March 13th 2011



383 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Answer to dumb summary...no. Other than that I liked this review

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011



6922 Comments


thanks for the feedback guys, very much appreciated. didn't think id get a 6 out a 6 also. i'll take your feedback in Strider.

ButcheredChildren
March 13th 2011



5591 Comments


good review, conclusion should be strengthened a bit
second last paragraph should be longer

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011



6922 Comments


see what i mean, ill have to let my reviews sit for a bit.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2011



6922 Comments


i hate this band, good review though

that's kinda what i got from this album, they kinda get the same feedback as trivium, you either love em, hate em, or just couldn't be bothered.

dimsim3478
March 13th 2011



4708 Comments


I hate it when a band releases an album that is already quite repetitive (though you love it), and then they release a follow-up that sounds exactly the same as the previous one. It just butchers everything.

ButcheredChildren
March 13th 2011



5591 Comments


did someone say butchers?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2011



6922 Comments


wow 8 out 0f 8, didn't expect that. Thanks guys.

typeoneletter
April 27th 2011



6 Comments


Good review, i kinda agree with most of your points.

tkxxx7
April 27th 2011



6148 Comments


3 of your 4 paragraphs open with run-on sentences, and about that many close with sentences that are somehow grammatically incorrect. Album quality matches that of the review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011



49739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.

Digging: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pikapika Fantajin

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2011



6922 Comments


^^@Tkxxx7, that was a little harsh, but i did lol a bit when i read that. It should be noted that this is one of my older and un-edited reviews. Not that that is a very good excuse lol.

tkxxx7
April 27th 2011



6148 Comments


Wasn't saying it's bad. Just not very good.



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