Bullet For My Valentine
The Poison


5.0
classic

Review

by Mason Pearmain USER (13 Reviews)
January 28th, 2018 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your tears don't fall, they crash around me.

As a melodic metal album from an era riddled with monotonous pop-punk bore-fests such as “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” and “From Under the Cork Tree,” The Poison presents itself as the first, and ultimately their best when looking back at it 12 years post-release, significant look into Bullet for My Valentine’s career, aside from the Hand of Blood EP, which was released two months earlier. As far as I can tell, this record is still Bullet’s unrivaled magnum opus, and that isn’t for a lack of trying.

The record doesn’t immediately aurally assault you, instead preferring to wait a few minutes and transition to the piercing scream that starts off “Her Voice Resides,” and perhaps that’s for the better. The balance between the emotionally fiery delivery of every line and the mixture between technical and melodic instrumentation is what drives this album. Every song has its own meaning, even if the themes stay within a few specific parameters. Whether it’s the murderous, revenge seeking side, as shown by “Room 409” or “The Poison,” the suicidal and depressed side, as shown by “Her Voice Resides,” the brutally honest “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” or the introspective “Tears Don’t Fall,” Bullet prove they can be somewhat varied and still come out with an emotionally engaging, melodic, and somewhat technical album that flows well from beginning to end.

It’s not an immensely innovative record, so it may be a bold move to rate it as high as I do. Regardless, the amount of energy put into the entire record, and the fact that this record helped me cope with my struggles as much as other records, such as This War Is Ours by Escape the Fate, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance, and Sempiternal by Bring Me the Horizon, does help its case a lot. The guitar-work isn’t technical just for the sake of it, but the technicality serves as a testament to the skill level of the Welsh quartet. But the soaring melodies and relatable lyrics - for example, “What can I do to make you see"/You're guilty/What can I do to make you feel"/You're wanted/What can I do to make you see"/You're guilty/I'm suffocating under words of sorrow” - are what make The Poison what it is. It’s no wonder why I’ve looped this album well over a hundred times over the years, still listen to it regularly to this day, and consider it one of my favorite Metalcore albums of all time.

The negatives: the bass is either really weak, or too low in the mix. It’s nowhere near And Justice bad in that department, but the bass guitar could have used a bit more “oomph.”

Top 5 Tracks from the album:
Her Voice Resides
Tears Don’t Fall
Hit the Floor
Room 409
The Poison



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SoccerRiot
January 27th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much, much better than your previous reviews. Still room for improvement, of course, but I'll give this one a pos.



I'd say this album's about on par with Scream Aim Fire quality-wise. Never understood the low rating for that one, honestly

AgentDeathbat
January 27th 2018


480 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Scream Aim Fire is a good album, but The Poison edges it out a bit. Maybe it's that I didn't connect to it as much emotionally as I did The Poison, but I'd honestly put Venom slightly above it personally because I connected to it more.

kalkwiese
January 27th 2018


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yea, this is their best for sure

AgentDeathbat
January 27th 2018


480 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Judging by the "2" I'm assuming you didn't like the record even though you consider it their best. Could be wrong, though.

Drifter
January 27th 2018


14099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2018


56156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mad decent

Digging: Soundtrack (Film) - A Star is Born

bloc
January 28th 2018


52233 Comments


One hell of a throwback album. Used to jack off to this in high school

Digging: Edan - Beauty and the Beat

SIIMBOLIC
January 28th 2018


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah same lol. got me into harsh vocals

kalkwiese
January 28th 2018


1582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yea, I used to listen to this band, but I really can't stand them now. However this is their best to me, even though I don'r enjoy it. ^^

Aerisavion
January 28th 2018


1533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

‘Used to jack off to this in high school’



Haha Bloc wtf, I’m only going to assume this was while using your cascading tears for additional salty lube

bloc
January 28th 2018


52233 Comments


Oh I am totally serious. Tears did indeed crash around me lol

Drifter
January 28th 2018


14099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lolololol

Snake.
January 28th 2018


20951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

LOOK (look)



AT



ME



NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

PumpBoffBag
January 28th 2018


933 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still enjoy this from time to time, the nostalgia goes pretty hard.

Reminds me of riding my bike to and from high school listening to my ipod nano.



Solid review, what Brendan said ▲ take a pos

Feather
January 28th 2018


4744 Comments


neg'd for the opening dig at fob and panic. Great album though.

Drifter
January 28th 2018


14099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why neg for that??

Feather
January 28th 2018


4744 Comments


Can't just let people go around talking shit about 2 of the greatest albums of our time

bloc
January 28th 2018


52233 Comments


Feather's got a point, not gonna lie

SteakByrnes
January 28th 2018


13250 Comments


I feel that

Digging: Polyphia - New Levels New Devils

Drifter
January 28th 2018


14099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol



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