Review Summary: Save for two songs, Temper Temper is a boring and terrible piece of work with little-to-no redeeming features4 of 10 thought this review was well written
The formula for each and every song on Bullet For My Valentine's 2013 album Temper Temper is very simple and easy to work out. All that was required to create the so called music on this release was overly-simplified lyrics; chugging riffs with some brief doses of lead work scattered throughout; an obligatory shredding solo and whiny clean singing with the occasional massively forced scream to keep a false sense of variety. Admittedly this is the same formula the band used for their previous album and also their first two releases although those two switched the balance between screaming and singing to be more in favor of the former. However, it is agreed by many that all of the band's previous albums had at least one thing to enjoy about them whereas Temper Temper truly is as bad as claimed by many.
The sound of Temper Temper could be summed up as an even more commercial version of Fever. The difference would be that it ditches the actual variety from Fever in favor of re-hashes of the same song for each of its eleven songs. Fever had the slow songs such as A Place Where You Belong, a return to their metalcore days with Pretty On The Outside and the straightforward hard rock of the title track. Temper Temper sticks exclusively to the commercial hard rock/metal variant of their music with no real emotion and nothing to actually keep the listener hooked. The album opens up with a typical fast-paced Bullet riff and one of the watered down screams that Matt Tuck has been doing for two albums now. As soon as the verse comes in, however, the song is devoid of anything fun or entertaining. In fact, the verse riff for Breaking Point consists of just open string chugging with the occasional quick dose of lead work that feels so disjointed. Other songs that follow the repetitive chugging verse format of the band's sound would be the second single, Riot, and Truth Hurts and many others.
The title track and P.O.W. are a little more interesting but even they will scarcely be able to hold the attention of a listener past their first minute. Temper Temper is a quicker paced song with a speedy palm muted riff during its extended intro that then continues into the verse. The lyrics are absolutely pathetic ("can't hold it back, here comes my temper, temper, time to explode, feels good when I lose control") and the vocals that deliver them are abysmal but it is at least more tolerable than the others. P.O.W. follows directly on from Temper Temper with a fade-in intro before a slower paced crushing riff comes in that is actually one that will most likely get the listener pumped up. The verse is a lot lighter however with some higher pitched guitar work and this could be best compared to A Place Where You Belong. The reason for this is that both songs are a lot softer than their respective albums but have heavier moments. P.O.W. has a much louder chorus than the verse with a good vocal performance but is still plagued by the atrocious lyrics. There is one annoying vocal snippet that is partially faded out before Tuck unleashes some monster screams that actually really fit the song very well. P.O.W. is a song that breaks the dull and monotonous song structures of most of the album and actually has a few selling points to it.
Many who are familiar with Bullet will no doubt be familiar with their hit song Tears Don't Fall. No matter what your opinion of that song in particular, if you like Bullet you should know it as it is one of their most popular numbers. For Temper Temper it seems as if Matt Tuck said to the rest of the band "hey, uh, guys? You know that hit song we did for The Poison, Tears Don't Fall? Yeah? Well for this album we are going to do the exact same song with a few differences and hope that people don't notice." Tears Don't Fall Part 2 is quite literally almost the same song with some differences but really does feel like the band is just ripping off their own song. Bullet should have realized from Slipknot's Vermilion that a second part of a song seldom works, but instead they went ahead and drove the nail into their own coffin. Whilst their is a good point to this song (the section from "keep pouring salt into my wounds" through to the scream at around 3.57) this was a completely unnecessary addition to the album. The fast shredding solo is definitely a highlight of the album but they should have saved it for one of the other songs. This is a waste of five and a half minutes of CD space that could have been used with a semi-decent track.
The biggest problem with Temper Temper is the vocal performance and the lyrics. Examples have already been given but the lyrics are truly pathetic. Matt Tuck has never been a poet and certain moments of previous albums ("come here you naughty girl, you're such a tease" springs to mind) have been atrocious. However even this can not prepare a listener for the laughing fits they will no doubt explode into upon hearing the bile spat out on Temper Temper. Riot is definitely the worst song on here with a really unnecessary use of cursing in the first verse and lines such as "tear down the windows and walls, won't stop till it's all destroyed". If the chugging and monotonous riffs do not make you want to switch this song off and the lines "here come the sirens, here come from the law, woah, run from the sirens, run from the law" and the ridiculous use of the F-word in both verses then the vocals will. "Riot" declares Matt Tuck in the most pathetic attempt to sound angry possible and the "run from the sirens" part is enough to bring about the snapping of the disc.
Temper Temper is an album devoid of any form of emotion and interesting music. It relies heavily on the use of the same verse-chorus song structure that has been done to breaking point. Songs like Riot and Truth Hurts are cringe-inducing and it also has the most un-needed second part to a song ever. The title track and P.O.W. are alright listens, with P.O.W. being the only song that is actually recommended off here. Hopefully following the bad press Temper temper has received the band will think before they cross this line again or else it might be time to explode. Either way, stay as far away from Temper Temper as possible unless you just want a slice of comedy, and even then it isn't advised.