Valentine’s Day is here and the British metal band from Wales, Bullet for My Valentine, is finally releasing its new record The Poison in the United States.
Like their fellow countrymen Lost Prophets and Funeral for a Friend, these Brit-rockers have been striving for success in the states. The band claims they will be the next Metallica, but tracks off The Poison hardly compare to a single Metallica song.
The new album is sadly nothing special. There is no originality to the music, and while the lyrics are catchy and technically the band plays the music smoothly, the album is nothing more than average.
The song “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” is a very pop-metal song, with little substance for underground metal fans to salivate over.
In fact they would probably burn it while listening to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, just to spite the fact that the band thinks they can compare themselves to the legendary heavy metal band.
It gets even better. The band claims it is going to be the next great heavy metal band, but the group better rethink its song titles. Song titles include “Her Voice Resides,” “Tears Don’t Fall” and “Cries in Vain.”
Are they kidding me? It’s like the band hired Simple Plan to come up with these names. Track titles like “Raining Blood” or “Seek and Destroy” would be more appropriate if the group wants to fit the metal genre.
The album’s lyrics will undoubtedly get in your head, but not because you want them to.
The chorus in the song “Suffocating under Words of Sorrow” is hard to forget in that annoying kind of way.
To rid yourself of the song’s words, I’d suggest locking yourself in a room and blasting Dillinger Escape Plan to help rid you of your madness.
The more you listen to this record the more you lose your sense of what true metal is.
The Poison lacks identity. The sounds just end up mixing together with all the other screamo-pop metal bands trying to make it big lately.
This album has all the makings of MTV style metal, and if that is what you like then by all means get the record. If you are an underground metal fan and bands like Slayer and Iron Maiden are gods to you, then forget you even heard of Bullet for My Valentine.
So it’s Valentine’s Day and you may be with someone very special.
Please, if that special someone in your life wears Napalm Death shirts and listens to bands like Mastodon and Morbid Angel, do not get them this record because it claims to be metal. It’s not even close.
Dan Cappello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.