Bullet for My Valentine
Hand of Blood


3.5
great

Review

by Michael B. USER (18 Reviews)
April 9th, 2011 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent enough (if now redundant) starting point from the future superstars of British metal.

Bullet for My Valentine are one of the most controversial metal bands to have come to popularity in recent years. They are the leaders of, as I like to call it, “The Nu Wave of British Heavy Metal”- yet also a band that has inspired loathing from thousands of internet trolls, declaring them “not metal enough”, and even “emo metal”. But before the fame, fortune and frenzy descended around them, came two quite low-key EPs. Almost identical, the only difference between “Hand of Blood” and its self-titled predecessor is the addition of opening track “4 Words (to Choke Upon)”.

And a rather excellent starting point it is too. Firing into life with serrated guitar leads, it then takes the plunge into a galloping riff that could have come straight from Trivium’s excellent “Ascendancy” album. The vocals are delivered mostly as screams, with a nifty sung chorus, while the lyrics are a venomous attack on the band’s early detractors. There’s nothing particularly original about any of this collection, but it does use the traditional metalcore elements effectively, with breakdowns in all the right places and a good compromise between screamed and clean vocals.

The guitar work on display on this EP is almost uniformly excellent- the blistering double lead that kicks off the title track sounds like Iron Maiden would if they ate amphetamines for breakfast. Undoubtedly the finest moments musically are present on the stellar “Cries in Vain”, a metalcore masterclass that rails against organized religion. The riffs on this song are monstrous yet tasteful, while the breakdown at the conclusion is simply exhilarating. The ballad-esque “Curses” seems somewhat bland in comparison, but on second listen it is a strong song and proof that the band aren’t just a one-trick pony.

As good as Bullet for My Valentine can be, there are also moments where they descend into complete tedium- proven by the filler-saturated “Scream Aim Fire” album. Sadly, it’s the finale of this EP that suffers from a drop in songwriting quality, as both “No Control” and “Just Another Star” slip into realms of mediocrity that so many metalcore bands have fallen prey to. The former of these is simply awful, with no redeeming musical features whatsoever and nothing that could qualify as a hook.

While it does slip into disappointing mediocrity towards the end, there are enough interesting musical ideas in the first two-thirds to make this a worthy EP. The band would then go on to make their greatly superior debut full-length “The Poison”, still their only truly excellent album. That “4 Words” and “Cries in Vain”, the strongest tracks here, made it onto “Poison” proves that while Bullet for My Valentine can fall prey to weak songwriting, they are at least good at noting which of their songs are the diamonds, and which are the polished turds.


Recommended Tracks-
4 Words (to Choke Upon)
Cries in Vain

So you may as well just buy The Poison really.



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FearOfTheDuck
April 9th 2011


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wrote this because the existing review was from a rather obvious fanboy. I like Bullet a lot, but I
can at least tell when they're doing something wrong...

And I know this has nothing to do with nu metal, but I decided that this new, rather excellent wave of
metal from the UK needed a name...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2011


7098 Comments


definitely prefer this review to the other one.

dimsim3478
April 9th 2011


5182 Comments


Agreed. Pos'.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2011


7098 Comments


you get my pos too.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 9th 2011


7047 Comments


very nicely written review, concise and smooth and easy to read, well done.

Never really dug these guys a whole lot at all, eventually ended up just deleting their records from my iTunes. oh well.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2011


7098 Comments


By the way ducks taste good

FearOfTheDuck
April 9th 2011


206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They do. Still scare me though.

FearThyEvil
April 9th 2011


12627 Comments


Much better than that fanboy fag review.

aesthetics
April 9th 2011


108 Comments


this is pretty bad

climactic
April 9th 2011


19373 Comments


this band is so fucking horrible

DinoX
April 9th 2011


3582 Comments


Band sucks but they got me into screaming music so they still hold a special place in my heart.

bloc
April 9th 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hand Of Blood was one of the first metal songs I ever learned on guitar, pure memories that track...

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2011


7098 Comments


Title track= best song they have ever produced, maybe.

DeadGuy
August 12th 2012


401 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sick metalcore

Almost everything else released by them sucks lol

Spec
August 12th 2012


27189 Comments


LOOK AT ME NOOOOOOOW. Dude jr high man.

Vakarian12
August 12th 2012


3873 Comments


pos'd. Band is decent enough. Mostly listen to them now for all the memories that with go them.

Da11thMytrillSphere
August 12th 2012


546 Comments


Band has a decent instrumentation and some of their songs are catchy as fuck, their biggest problem are their lyrics, nothing against the topics matt tuck and co sing about, but sometimes their lyrics are to inmature, childlish and bad written that could annoy some people ( including myself ).

Emyay
August 12th 2012


5968 Comments


yeah i agree with that.

KILL11
August 12th 2012


133 Comments


HAND OF BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHH

MuhNamesTyler
February 3rd 2013


4316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Isn't Curses on this? The only BFMV song I still actually like

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