Bullet for My Valentine
Temper Temper


1.5
very poor

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (39 Reviews)
February 5th, 2013 | 102 replies


Release Date: 02/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Regression where none was believed possible

Bullet for my Valentine’s preceding album, Fever, was a step down from the album that preceded it, Scream Aim Fire, which in turn was a step down from their debut, The Poison. Whilst Bullet have never been a world-class band, they have elements of their sound that made them fun to listen to – catchy riffs, infectious vocals and a general it’s-trashy-but-still-a-good-time-so-who-cares feel. These elements were deployed rather well on The Poison, but gradually became diluted by a shift of emphasis onto Matt Tuck’s voice and lyrics, which are both terrible and well-enunciated, ever more lazy songwriting that was worsened by the increased inclusion of power ballads, which turned out as generic and completely uninspiring. Fever seemed to be the end product: an insipid album that never failed to induce a cringe. The major question that I was left with was whether the band could devolve any further, and Temper Temper offers a mixed answer to that.

On one hand Bullet for my Valentine have written some of their worst songs to date for this album; the title track fails to convey any of its intended energy and rage thanks to boring musicianship and dreadful lyrics, Riot stands out as the worst song that I have heard in the last two years and P.O.W. is a complete flop of a powerballad, which transitions between soft and heavy in the same way that a fish moves from water to land. Every single song on the album is held back from achieving its full potential due to several reasons, the main ones being awkwardly contrasting clean moments, the vocals being mixed far too high and thereby killing any anthemic value that the album might have had through atrocious lyrics (for example, “Your invitation, it doesn’t exist
So tell me why you keep crashing the party”).

On the other hand, it would be slightly unfair to say that they have devolved since Fever, since it’s clear that the band are making an effort to take their clean, softer side further. This might have had potential, but it is executed so catastrophically badly that it drags the album down even further. The best example of this is Dirty Little Secret, which has a heavy opening section that is relatively solid and builds up a great amount of momentum, only to lose it all when the verse comes in; as a sum of its parts the song is acceptable, but since none of those parts fit together it fails miserably. This problem plagues the album throughout its course, but most notably in Dirty Little Secret, Dead to the World and P.O.W.. Therefore, although Temper Temper is more than a clone of Fever, the new features drag it down further.

It is somewhat fitting that the album’s best moment is a tribute to their past; Tears Don’t Fall (Part 2) is the only song here that I wouldn’t describe as bad; it isn’t amazing, but has a tad more emotion than the other songs and infects nostalgia on anyone familiar with Bullet’s early albums. However, the fact that they have to rely on a reinterpretation of old ideas to a decent song pretty much says it all; Bullet for my Valentine’s sound seems to be at the end of its road They have proved that they cannot expand it any further with positive results and have settled into a spot that seems very comfortable for them and generally mediocre to most of their listeners. It might have worked if it didn’t sound as though the band took themselves very seriously while writing this, but as they give the impression that they are intent on making good, heavy music and are satisfied with their results, only to contradict this statement with music so average and lyrics so uninspired. As a result of this, the quality of this album is unforgivably bad.



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johnnydeking29
February 5th 2013


9142 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Album gets what it deserves

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CaptainDooRight
February 5th 2013


29386 Comments


dam

Pos'd hard

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KjSwantko
February 5th 2013


9297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"they have elements of their sound that made them fun to listen to....infectious vocals...."

Almost neg'd. But well-done review; Pos.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2013


21229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think the vox suck balls but good review man pos

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AdolfChrist
February 5th 2013


1770 Comments


“Your invitation, it doesn’t exist
So tell me why you keep crashing the party”

these lyrics, i cant believe they exist.

Cryio
February 5th 2013


97 Comments


This "which transitions between soft and heavy in the same way that a fish moves from water to land" made me laugh. Have a pos pot for this line in paticular and for an overall great review for a bad album .

johnnydeking29
February 5th 2013


9142 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

@Ins and KJ thanks bros, I agree that Matt Tuck is a shit singer, but imo his voice does suit the music (so, it was a good thing back in the day, but now it's just annoying)

mindleviticus
February 5th 2013


8237 Comments


Oh look at that another 1.5 review

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Drummerboy123
February 5th 2013


2360 Comments


People still listen to this band?

Funeralopolis
February 5th 2013


11404 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

those cleans vocals are so dreadful

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Progger6009
February 5th 2013


1099 Comments


Great review, pos'd. This album is offensively bad on a lot of levels.

henryChinaski
February 5th 2013


2765 Comments


I really liked Hand Of Blood back in the days. What happened to this band haha.

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Pndi
February 5th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

"LET'S GO... AGAIN"




lol

ChopSuey
February 5th 2013


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I know I laughed when I first heard that to

NeoSpaz
February 5th 2013


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

everyone but fangirls laughed at it

johnnydeking29
February 5th 2013


9142 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I facepalmed lol

TooLateToGoBack
February 5th 2013


1767 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I had to listen to Riot one more time just to laugh at how bad this album is.

AtomicShane
February 5th 2013


1798 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

listened to one song....damn

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TwoMonthsInTheCold
February 5th 2013


288 Comments


Good review man! I've only heard Temper Temper but I think that's enough for me to not go near this album with a 10 ft pole tbh

johnnydeking29
February 5th 2013


9142 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Thanks bro, Riot is even worse, if you can imagine that



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