Bullet for My Valentine could have failed miserably with their sophomore full-length, Scream Aim Fire. It takes a pretty balls-to-the-walls band to enter the studio knowing its lead singer can't speak, yet alone release scorching metal melodies from his mouth, as for which he's been hailed.
The story's been told over and over again on the cover of pretty much every British music magazine on the stands. It's goes like this:
Matt Tuck needed a tonsillectomy,
Tours had to be canceled,
The band considered getting a new singer to record the album,
Matt goes to vocal therapy and comes out a new man.
Literally. His voice is noticably different on this album. It's a little weird at first if you're going to compare it to what the debut sounds like. But, nothing was lost. They say things happen for a reason, and his new vocal tone is very addictive.
Bullet for My Valentine still holds strong as arguaably the best straight-up metal band out there. The band constructs songs in a way that both fans and affaciendos can appreciate. The guitar heavy tracks on this disk will really appeal to musicians as well as mosh-pitters.
Some songs seem like they could easily have slipped onto The Poison, or be rejects from that album, but overall these are fresh sounds worthy of being played on every metal radio station. These songs are hits and if they don't FINALLY break Bullet into a household name in the USA, something is wrong with music programmer's ears.
Even way old schoolers out there who grew up listening to Guns 'N Roses, Iron Maiden and Metallica won't be able to escape Bullet's wrath. They just need to be properly introduced to the band, and not in a gag-me-in-your-face Avenged Sevenfold sorta way.
Can Jive do it? It'll be interesting to watch a label commonly associated with Pop groups take on such an agressive act. But hey, Britney, 'N Sync and Backstreet are called Pop STARS for a reason. Not to put down Trustkill in any way (we love 'em), but perhaps being a unique act on a major roster is just what BFMV need to take over.
Catch Bullet on this year's Taste of Chaos tour. It'll no doubt be the highlight of the night.
Listen now: www.myspace.com/bulletformyvalentine
*Joelle, who first interviewed BFMV for Planet Verge when they played the Knitting Factory in NYC to celebrate the release of their first EP, and plans to meet up with the band soon to bring you more.