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Bullet for My Valentine - Hand of Blood (Cover Artwork)

Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet for My Valentine: Hand of BloodHand of Blood (2005)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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Contributed by: RyanMRyanM
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Oh my, there were some major red flags that popped up when I went to listen to this one. Let's see: Their name is Bullet for My Valentine (trite name referring to inevitable love issues, check); the name of the album is Hand of Blood (nicely placed blood reference, check); their picture is ridiculou.
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Oh my, there were some major red flags that popped up when I went to listen to this one. Let's see: Their name is Bullet for My Valentine (trite name referring to inevitable love issues, check); the name of the album is Hand of Blood (nicely placed blood reference, check); their picture is ridiculous (black nails, black hair, black shirts, check); and if that's not enough, the name of the first song is "4 Words (To Choke Upon)." I pretty much took this up as a hopeless endeavor right there, but being the good listener that I am, I gave them more than enough listens to prove me wrong. Nope.

It's surprising bands are still trying to break into this type of music when it's apparent that the ship is sinking (and has been for a while). There's only so many bands that people can deal with that have the overly dramatic sing-scream vocals and horrible lyrics. No one expects the next James Joyce from these guys, but a little competency would be nice; either way, the least they could do is not whine throughout the entire record about problems like they were 15. There are productive ways to express emotion, whether it be anger or loss, but this isn't one of them. Angry music should be angry; sad music, sad; but this lies at an indecisive level that just destroys it all.

That all is more a general statement though, and could probably apply to plenty of bands, so what about these particular six songs? They almost all follow the same formula with singing and sporadic screaming, uninspired guitars that make a mockery of their press sheet's bolded "Where the fuck have all the riffs gone?" and consistently awful lyrics. The beginning of "Curses" may be the only attempt at something different, with a quieter intro. The best thing they could have done was made the whole song like this, keeping the distant singing and soft guitar work, but lo and behold, it cuts right into the clichés they played out in the first 3 songs.

This style of music is well overplayed after the inundation of bands playing it over the last few years, and there is absolutely no reason Bullet for My Valentine needed to join the fray. The songs are repetitive and bland, failing to deliver any sort of actual emotion beyond trite relationship issues, and to top it off, don't deliver much in the way of catchiness either. That's really a great one-two punch, but I highly doubt anyone will care since no one will remember them in 2 weeks anyways.

 

 
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nedsammy (October 23, 2011)

They should take down all the reviews like this on punknews and put up their fans' defence of the albums instead. It'll work better.

fallenangel (May 20, 2010)

I also saw these guys live and they play just like on their cds which also rock out loud

fallenangel (November 4, 2009)

i saw them in concert they are so awesome and sound just like they do on the cd no wait they sounded even better!

teegz (May 17, 2007)

BFMV are awsome and anyone who pays them out coz of their music then pick up a guitar and try to learn the riffs to any of their songs...id like to see you try
xx teegz
www.myspace.com/pezxoxo

Ministry4390 (December 2, 2006)

"but I highly doubt anyone will care since no one will remember them in 2 weeks anyways."

Its been well over 2 weeks and people are still pretty crazy about this band.

thedarrien (July 2, 2006)

wow. I love how when a band gets a bad review, all of the fans of the band get on and get so worked up and defensive, and yet they don't really do anything to defend their band other than "ur a fukin cunt they r the best band in the wurld." and then they look like 14-year-old idiots. But anyway, I have to agree with this review, Bullet For My Valentine is terrible. No original sound whatsoever. I swear I've heard a hundred other bands just like them. They'll get their 15 minutes of fame, sure, but afterwards...no one's going to really care about them. Kind of like the Click Five.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

Pretty much everyone who likes bands like bullet for my valentine is the best band ever.Yeah so now the beatles should bow down and worship them?I've heard this type of music a million times and it's getting on my nerves

Anonymous (April 27, 2006)

BFMV r the best ever and anyone who doesnt like them should give there mum anal and rot in hell!!!!!!!!

Anonymous (April 26, 2006)

Hey reviewer. You're a gay motherfucker. I hope you die. I bet your father used to touch you when you were a child. And I bet now you touch your children, or will do when you have them. You sick fuck.
What's a good cd if this is shit then...

Sorry if I've offended you in anyway
Bullet for my Valentine rule.
You suck.

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

BFMV are a sick band and our gay...I love them...Review man..is a homo..

rocon65 (April 6, 2006)

I'm obsessed with that hand of blood song I sing it to my boyfriend all the time!!!!

HeresLookinAtYou (March 31, 2006)

Since everybody here disagrees with the reviewer and subsequently fall into my "people I hope I never meet in real life (for the fear of beating them to death with my enourmous dick)" category, I'd say this release is the most terrible shit I've ever listened to. Good job Mr. Reviewer.

Anonymous (February 27, 2006)

ohh one two punch mmmmmmm WANKER WANKER youre a WANKER

Anonymous (February 27, 2006)

i would just like to infer, in the best possible, most polite way, that you Mr. Reviewer are a total fuckwit, who clearly knows fuck all about music, especially good music. You are probably a fan of pop music, so in short your a tosser who likes shit music. And You smell. Bullet For My Valentine Rule m/ wooo!

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

this is da best band eva nd 1 of da guys r rele fitt

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

ihgvuifhnighnbiknfrtgjkngtriuhgigiruhugiikrnfkdnvjkdngv fuck u faggot go eat a cock u fuckin piece of shit

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

whoever wrote this review is an utter cockhead

oh my, when i read this review, major red flags popped into my head, then ext thing that popped into my head was this: "this reviewer is a tone deaf dick sucking moron"

BFMV rock!

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

yeah!

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

your the best band ever i want sex wit the singer

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

get a dick trustkill

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

hey, the guy who has the really long review needs a good cockslapping in the face ( although hed probably enjoy it, gay wanker). music like this is amazing, and this is an amazing album ,it makes you feel what they feel, the riffs are amazing and the "spuradic" screaming adds something extra. so in short do not doubt bullet for my valentine, they are fucking awesome.

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

BFMV kicks ass. Anybody who thinks they suck should go fuck themselves. Hey, review guy, Four words for you to choke upon: GO SUCK A DICK. You have no idea what your talkin about.Same about the other people who say they suck, go buy a gun and shoot yourselves if you think this band sucks. They got kick ass guitars, probaly better that anybody else can play.

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

What the hell???

Dude, seriously, who taught you to count??

BFMV have been around for a LOT longer than 2 weeks. Judging by the comments other people have posted, BFMV will also be around for a LOT longer as well.

Get used to it.

If you dont like it, then well, go jump off a bridge and drown.

They are an awesome band, with wicked guitar riffs and lyrics. So what if their name is about irreconcilable (is that the right spelling) differences? They are just expressing human emotions...and themselves.
Your just trying to sound like you know everything about them, when you dont.
You must be one of those people who think that if they dont like a band, then no one else should like it either, because YOUR RIGHT, and everyone else is WRONG.

What does the phrase "Sold Out" mean to you?

Get a life and stop spouting crap.
Meredith

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

this review guy is fukin retarted. bfmv kicks ass. who cares if the songs are about their problems, everybody has a way to express themselves, it just so happens that this is their way. nobody will remember them in 2 weeks, hah, what do you know about music you stupid shit. long live bfmv

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

Laughing-My-Fucking-Ass-Off
How can you slag off such a band wh have obviously put so much work into making such original music, i highly doubt you could find another band with the raw power and yet finesse of BFMV. They have bought riffs and decent music that isnt just computerised-money making corperate bollocks.

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

Yeah get your ears checked maybe theres blood flowing out of them bullet has your senses going

fuck you anyway your a fucking prick you wouldnt know music if it came and bit you on your fuckin balls

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

one thing mate...

4 words for you to choke apon....

LOOK AT THEM CARE !!

get your ears checked.

BOOOOYA!

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

'Whoever wrote that review is a complete and utter fuckin retarded cock lover. Bfmv are the best band in the fuckin world at the mo, they have more creativety in their fuckin foreskin than any fuckin crappy untalented punk band on the planet. Uninspiring guitar playing? Dude your a fuckin joke, their skills and level of playing is some of the best your gonna here in guitar based rock music at the moment so open your ears you punk listening wank lord. Just coz they can play more than 3 fuckin chords on an out of tune piece of shit guitar. Grow up you stupid cunt and start giving bands the reviews they deserve instaed of slating them for no reason other than fuckin jealousy. Stupid prick. Not gonna be around for longr than 2 weeks? Ha ha, cuntface your sooooooooooooo wrong man, they have sold more copies of their mini album than most punk bands sell in an entire back catalogue and as they have a 12 date sold out uk tour coming up in jan and playing to 3 - 5 thousand people a night makes you look like a complete kiddy fiddler. Go and die somewhere cold you sad little prick. Fuck off. Fuck punk and fuck you. Long live bfmv. Wanker.'

Whoever wrote that is so fucking right,this guy writing the review ew who is he to say that ship is sinking fast. Fucking cunt thats one the best ep's you are going to hear until they release their new one so fuck off reviewer man.EAT SHIT!

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

Two words: YOU CUNT

Bullet are fuckin amazing, and you have no idea what the fuck you're talking about. You talk about Buller as if they're some brand new band ("i doubt anyone will remember them in 2 weeks time, yadda yadda (sorry if that quotes inaccurate)) when they've been around for fucking ages. Get fucked for god's sake, you're pathetic. You know what is shit?! The bollocks that comes out of your mouth. You people fucking disgust me. Well isn't it terrible it isn't some kinda pathetic pop punk or emo shit you americans seem to love. You should come over to the UK and see what a real band sounds like.

Two more words: YOU CUNT

Anonymous (December 25, 2005)

let me guess this review is by an american? that would make sense as you are all fat cunts and your fat is blocking your ears to anything except three chord crap or 50 cent.
get some british bollocks to your wank music, we invented metal and know how to do it better then most so fuck the lot of you who thought this was a bad album and listen to it properly and the poison and try to understand thats what a guitar sounds like when played properly. also see bullet live and try to understand thats what a band sounds like who can actually play live. you will be amazed especially compared to fucking trivium who are blatently riding the wave of popularity their album has brought however they cant play live for shit thus will last their two weeks whilebullet will grow and live forever

PS fuck the lot of you americans and inabilty to see good music when its kicking you in the balls

Anonymous (December 24, 2005)

Look, you need to seriously redirect your review in the direction of the already appparent quality and potential this young band show, take your head out of the "scene"'s arse and all of the stupid cliches associated with it: like the blood reference, the dark, romantic lyrics etc, etc.
This band aren't trying to jump on to that scene's bandwagon, they're much more ambitious than that; all the early success
they've had is because of their live shows(fucking amazing), their gutsy stand to attention, dynamic, passionate sound and above all their song-writing abliity- no other band has taken this leap and suceeded this year; Bullet are gonna be big, much bigger than this dogmatic, "they're guilty by association" tripe of a review.

haha-ha-ha, horns in the air Bullets!
Natta.

Anonymous (December 23, 2005)

thats bull, the words are catchy and there is riffs u dumb ass, i dont know what music your into but if its not rock/ metal then why are you trying to review a cd on a byst opinion ?

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

bullet r fuckin amzain goin 2 see them

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

this is a fucking great cd

Anonymous (December 19, 2005)

fuckin ace

Anonymous (December 17, 2005)

who the hell cares wat the lyrics are? enjoy the music and stop picking apart every tiny bit of it

Anonymous (December 16, 2005)

the fact that you are judging them by their name and song titles makes this review instantly worthless. you have obviously never listened to anything but MCR and Green Gay your whole life cause BFMV is probably the grestest band out there in a long time. stop being so closed-minded and actually try listening to other types of music.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

hi i cant believe ur've said all that shit about bullet because if u sit down and pick up a guitar ur relise that its not simple they are extreamly talented and if there not that good how come they've sold out venues before there debut album was relised? to top it off ive got about 3-4 punk friends saying they dont like them but theres no way they can say there crap because they are good musicans

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

I LOVE THE GUY BELOW ME

i couldnt have said it better

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

Whoever wrote that review is a complete and utter fuckin retarded cock lover. Bfmv are the best band in the fuckin world at the mo, they have more creativety in their fuckin foreskin than any fuckin crappy untalented punk band on the planet. Uninspiring guitar playing? Dude your a fuckin joke, their skills and level of playing is some of the best your gonna here in guitar based rock music at the moment so open your ears you punk listening wank lord. Just coz they can play more than 3 fuckin chords on an out of tune piece of shit guitar. Grow up you stupid cunt and start giving bands the reviews they deserve instaed of slating them for no reason other than fuckin jealousy. Stupid prick. Not gonna be around for longr than 2 weeks? Ha ha, cuntface your sooooooooooooo wrong man, they have sold more copies of their mini album than most punk bands sell in an entire back catalogue and as they have a 12 date sold out uk tour coming up in jan and playing to 3 - 5 thousand people a night makes you look like a complete kiddy fiddler. Go and die somewhere cold you sad little prick. Fuck off. Fuck punk and fuck you. Long live bfmv. Wanker.

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

oh come on, you haven't really listened to the cd if you describe it like that, this the best fucking band out there just now

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

u gotta be fucking kiddin me, bullet for my valentine are 1 of the best metal bands out now, and trivium of course, obviously u people are stupid bye bye i'll pry never come back here again, was a fluke i am here anyway

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

....PLEASE! It totally rocks!

RyanM (December 10, 2005)

Sure it is, it's just an informal usage of anyway, suitable for a review which is, surprisingly, informal.

soulbleed (December 9, 2005)

if you like this kind of music, it's not really that bad. it deserves maybe a 3, not really a 1. 1 is too like .. 'hi i'm uber judgmental of every cd i see and don't actually listen to' .. and to the reviewer, anyways isn't a word. thanks.

pabstboy (December 9, 2005)

Score is for guys who wear nut huggers who looks like they painted their pants on. They have more balls than me and it shows. Mahalo!

Sirens (December 8, 2005)

dude below,
thats disgusting.

I second your score.

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

i saw a dude (or maybe he was a dudette?) at the supermarket today. guy with his $35 jet black angular haircut was wearing jeans so tight and low his asscrack and cheeks were hanging out. score is for him.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

This album made me laugh my ass off, trying to breakout into an already over saturated genre that is in the process of dying was the first mistake, second was the crap that is the songs, no real skill or creativity whatsoever.

And for whoever was talking about the pwned thing, it was a programming error originally on warcraft i think it was, where if you lose it would normally say "you got owned" but some knob who was making it made a typo to pwned. And the rest is history.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

"So, Minor Threat aren't punk? The Ramones? I'd list more, but you get the point. How many classic images of great punk rock bands are press photos?
Now, if you have a stylist making sure your hair looks right and giving you a shirt to wear, that's another thing..."

No way, I wish someone would dress me! I can't even count the number of times my poor fashion sense has prevented me from getting mass amount of tang.

Anonymous (December 7, 2005)

These guys were a nu/metal band before they started playing the worst brand of metalcore available. I think that pretty much says it all.

Scruffy (December 6, 2005)

"You know what? Any band that advertises their record or promotes themselves with a non-live footage photo of the band is not punk. I guess that elimates every band ever covered in AP. I could stuff a mattress with the glossy headshots of these "punk" bands standing in alleys, by brickwalls, traintracks, in bars etc. Stick your fucking presskits up your well-groomed asses you fucking phonies."

So, Minor Threat aren't punk? The Ramones? I'd list more, but you get the point. How many classic images of great punk rock bands are press photos?
Now, if you have a stylist making sure your hair looks right and giving you a shirt to wear, that's another thing...

bloodbrothersburnpiano (December 6, 2005)

score is for this band's name. doesn't even deserve a 1.

i have never listened to them becuase of their name.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

haha....trustkill..nah thats not hardcore but shit to the core like victory nowadays

kenjamin (December 6, 2005)

There are no negative reviews on Punknews.org! Take that shit elsewhere!

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

i like how someone called someone else a 'retart'

crack a motherfucking dictionary, loser.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

You know what? Any band that advertises their record or promotes themselves with a non-live footage photo of the band is not punk. I guess that elimates every band ever covered in AP. I could stuff a mattress with the glossy headshots of these "punk" bands standing in alleys, by brickwalls, traintracks, in bars etc. Stick your fucking presskits up your well-groomed asses you fucking phonies.

-Ken

(yes, I am having a bad day, thanks for asking.)

crazytoledo (December 6, 2005)

They have some chops... Not the worst band ever.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

why do "l331" say "pwned"? it doesn't even make any sense.

retart

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Twwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaats.

Get Your Haircut.

And Play Good Music.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

these guys have some sick tribal tats

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Eh, I like it. Sue me.
J-Funk

kirbypuckett (December 6, 2005)

why do "l331" say "pwned"? it doesn't even make any sense

You would need to understand the gaming culture or internet speak from 12y/o script kiddies to get the full effect, but it's not that hard.

"l331" should be "1337", which is "LEET" which is pronounced "ELITE" - As in "I am Elite" -- better than you.

"PWND" -- like most internet 'trends' was formed from a typo. The actual term should be "OWNED." In gaming, like online death matches, you're forced to type face and mistakes are common -- acronyms and abbreviations are the way to go. And that's how "OWNED" became "OWND"

Of course, these kids could just take a typing class and be more efficient, but that would only make sense.

- Kirby

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

why do "l331" say "pwned"? it doesn't even make any sense.

benz (December 6, 2005)

P.S.

Trustkill is the worst label ever.

benz (December 6, 2005)

The cover looks like a terrible anime.
and I hate anime.

-benz

recordings (December 6, 2005)

all those O RLY variations made me bout piss myself. stupid owl. hahah.

my sense of humor is inexplicably lame.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

This screams My Chemical Romance's retarded cousin.

kirbypuckett (December 6, 2005)

Wait...this is the best .gif ever!

http://blakeroberts88.sytes.net/users/blake/pictures/orl y2.gif

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (December 6, 2005)

this is very funny... http://www.ubersite.com/m/52003

"OWNED" images are sooooooooooooooo 2004.

It's all about "O RLY?"

http://www.hjo3.net/orly/

- Kirby

skaboom (December 6, 2005)

Der, this is on Trustkill, I was thinking it was self released. Label execs sign it, because retards eat this shit up.

skaboom (December 6, 2005)

The unfortunate thing is, they will be remembered in two weeks. They will be signed to Victory/Trustkill/Ferret and be headlining tours in a year.

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

this is very funny... http://www.ubersite.com/m/52003

kirbypuckett (December 6, 2005)

The real reason I haven't been viewing records lately, is NOT because I wanted to concetrate on my last semester in college...nope.

I just wanted no chance of ever having to review this record.

True story.

- Kirby

kirbypuckett (December 6, 2005)

You should have reviewed this drunk.

I want to kill myself everytime this song comes up in Madden '06. I was always too lazy to put my own music on...

BUT NOT WITH THE XBOX 360! IT'S ALL THERE BABY!

- Kirby

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Trustkill is a complete joke, with telegraphed albums that you've already heard long before you listen to them...

Anonymous (December 6, 2005)

Nu-metal? Dead.
Screamo? Dying.
What's next?

clamum (December 6, 2005)

I'm surprised this piece of shit got posted here. My friend downloaded this album just so we could laugh at how fucking terrible it is. If you like pathetic lyrics and wailing guitar, get this right away.

Anchors (December 6, 2005)

I love albums like this sometimes, obviously not for the music, but for the fact that you can write a good review based on band name and album art alone.

inagreendase (December 6, 2005)

"Oh my, there were some major red flags that popped up when I went to listen to this one."

I can't stop laughing every time I read this, specifically 'Oh my.'

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