The Bottom Line
- Songwriting level above all their peers.
- A deft balance of musical aggression versus commercial melody.
- Proof that the band was no passing fad.
- The hyper-aggression of 'Scream Aim Fire' is a little missed.
- Released April 27th, 2010 on Jive/Sony.
- This is Bullet For My Valentine’s third LP.
- Produced by Doc Gilmore.
Guide Review - Bullet For My Valentine - 'Fever'
Said tightrope act deals with the adjustment Scream Aim Fire’s delightfully over-the-top approach to songwriting—indeed, the album was viciously pissed ‘n massively melodic in all the right places—with a delivery more reminiscent of Bullet’s more commercial-sounding origins.
Fever doesn’t fail, fall or trip over itself, however; instead stressing upon how well the band works as a unit, composing songs which simply deliver their message with anthemic, memorable gusto, and a heritage-minded, traditional heavy metal sensibility.
This dogged determination by Bullet For My Valentine to be as widely appealing as possible works in their favor, of course, but does so with a musical credibility which can’t be denied. No, these songs are well-written and well-performed, featuring kick-quick harmonic guitar lines, punishing drums and the elusively sweet vocals of front/axe man Matt Tuck. This devil-may-care determination for detail should be commended simply for how much higher this material stands over so many of its contemporaries. Truly: when it comes to this style of music, Bullet For My Valentine have no equal.