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Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet for My Valentine: The PoisonThe Poison (2006)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: thirtysecondsthirtyseconds
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Like most people on this site, I didn't always lean towards the music I listen to now. In the early stages of my journey towards enlightenment, my favourite bands were Stereophonics, Oasis and Blur. The band that changed all that was Bush blah blah blah... Sometimes I wonder. Wonder what would have .
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Like most people on this site, I didn't always lean towards the music I listen to now. In the early stages of my journey towards enlightenment, my favourite bands were Stereophonics, Oasis and Blur. The band that changed all that was Bush blah blah blah... Sometimes I wonder. Wonder what would have happened if I was 4 or 5 years younger and the band that came along was one like Taking Back Sunday. If that was the path my musical taste was to take, would I be able to understand the appeal behind Welsh rockers Bullet for My Valentine?

As I stands, I don't. If Machinehead-esque riffs are your thing, that's great. Personally, I think if music is going to be loud, it needs to sound pissed off or with attitude. Otherwise, what's the point? Sure, the riffs contained within Bullet's latest effort are heavy, and the screaming is raw and with conviction, but all 53 minutes are so damned slow, which left me completely bored and eager for the pain to stop. The closing track, which teased me all the way through enduring this repetitive tosh with its promising title of "The End," seemed like an age arriving and, weighing in at just under 7 minutes, came the closest to the loss of the will to live. Equally painful was what hit me early on in "4 Words (To Choke Upon)," when the entire band stops to "let rip" with a low note, bent down way too far and way too long. What, is that supposed to sound impressive? Seriously? I know you can play guitar! Jebus, is it too much to ask for something memorable or non-horrific?

Where BFMV lets us down with rockability, they are even further off rectifying The Poison with their whiny and Lostprophets-reminiscent choruses. Individually, they're not incredibly awful ("Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow" actually comes close to being catchy) and there's no reason why they can't strike a chord with fans of bands like Funeral for a Friend, but collectively they're all the same and constantly kill off the miniscule feeling of being rocked provided by the intros and verses, mostly caused by the lethargic and dreary mood. What, is that supposed to sound enjoyable? Seriously? I know you can whine and sound emotional! Flamin' Nora, what's wrong with trying to get kids to sing along?

Despite most of the album being at the same tempo and sounding identical, I can't knock 'em for "Intro," with its cellos and nice melodic guitar work, or the acoustic intro of "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)", which gives a nice respite from the drab. However, neither can save this. The Poison won't make your ears bleed, it won't make you sing along, urge you to get in the pit, or come back for another listen.

 

 
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nedsammy (October 23, 2011)

I fucking love rap music. And I tire of these bands.

MusicSavesMySoul (April 19, 2010)

This band is incredible!! One of my favorite bands of all time, the music is so amaizng, and the riffs just give me chills. Lyrics are great too. To all the haters: If you don't like the band, then don't comment on their albums, enough said. People like different genres of rock, but just because you dont like it, doesn't mean that they're not a great band. Unless you're talking about hating rap---that I agree with:D

TEARS (March 25, 2009)

You guys should play at alb.NEW MEXICO
I wiah you could play well I love you check ya later @#%)

dbug (February 24, 2009)

Bullet Rocks! But, I how are they Punk rock..?

Kaylie666 (August 9, 2007)

okay well i had this huge comment about how the review guy's dad didnt love him as a child and that he was gay etc etc and how bfmv is the greatest banmd in the friggin world but then i took too long so apparently i have to write it again ...
no
but i will say something
long live bullet for my valentine

teegz (May 17, 2007)

dont dis this album...like ive said before pick up a fuking guitar and just try to learn the riffs...try...then if you can pay out the music but if you cant give them a break you dont know how hard it is!
xx teegz
www.myspace.com/pezxoxo

jackrodd (January 9, 2007)

i love this band.
this album is the shitttt.

hevilybroken (December 27, 2006)

i do listen to Bullet For My Valentine myself i do like the band but honestly there songs do sound very similar at the start for example: tears dont fall/ cries in vain...but the lyrics in these songs are completly different from each other unlike the music but i guess nearly all metal sounds the same like sometimes ppl cant tel disturbed and koRn apart or woteva!! i realy like Bullet for my valentine i give the lyric side of them 5/5 and the music a 3/5 they arent the normal screamo/metal/hardcore emo stuf they have there own style in music in the way so we cannot rely classifie them as screamo/hardcore emo/metal etc... but only look or listen to them as therown! now that is why i like them the lyrics in ther songs are absolutly relateable wel 4 me it is i guess thats why i listen to them for instance in "curses" ...
"we;ve waited far too long to watch it all crash and fall through so when you feel lyk sh* t you gotta keep on pushing.. if you saw the world through my eyes then you wouldnt feel so high rise its time to take a chance you gotta sit back and hold tight... etc... the more i think the more i wish i'd push stop and hit rewind,...i remember when we all used to kik bak take days off skool many times ive smiled many times ive cried but never did we try...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
so yeah wel thats mi point of view mwa oxox all mi love and more booboo

sexy_face (November 17, 2006)

i absolutly love this band. this is the kind of music i live for.
they will never die in punk music!!

vikko (August 16, 2006)

This album is a true masterpiece, this is how music should be created. This is a great mix of metal, punk and screamo. Totally crazy parts and partly smooth.

If this band was from the U.S, what would the score be? 4.5/5? You Americans are so fucking patriotic. Can't accept anything from a diffrent country / culture.

Fuck off United States!

(By the way I'm from Sweden)

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

americans.. bleh.. think they know everything bout everything.

rocon65 (April 6, 2006)

I love them!!!! Matt Tuck is really really hottttttttttt!!!!!!!!!

rocon65 (April 6, 2006)

I love them!!!! Matt Tuck is really really hottttttttttt!!!!!!!!!

miff (March 17, 2006)

"Not to support this band in any way, shape or form, this is not meant as defense or a compliment, yada yada yada, but...
Why do so many American bands sing with british accents when they're American?"

name one?

if they sang in wlesh accents it would be funnier too

oh n if i didnt mention bofre this band suck

jbigwig (March 12, 2006)

I'm going to call bull shit on this review. All the supposed "scenesters" bash these guys, and I wonder why? Granted there's nothing new here in terms of melodic hardcore and you can hear elements of Funeral for a Friend in their music, but I wouldn't throw these cats in the middle of the screamo genre at all.

There's some damn impressive drumming and riffing on this album that deserves some props. This is one of the best sounding albums I've heard in 06', hands down.

By the way where the hell is the new Bigwig review?

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

your an idiot if you cant at least like the music they produce. Not every is going to love th singing 'coz of some screaming, but they hav mad riffs and i would like to see someone make that many riffs in a song or album. All their music is catchy and all the riffs are especially catchy

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

Bullet for My Valentine - The Poison
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-15 02:48:05

speaking of machinehead....i just can't get into fucking bands like that... machine head, fear factory, etc. Boring. If it's gonna be pissed off and angry, i like my music fast, heavy and energetic.
never heard burn my eyes, eh?

-----------------

Yeah, and don't forget the new one...it's pretty bad-ass though
the other CDs...hmhm...not that great

rkl (February 16, 2006)

Bullet for My Valentine - The Poison
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-02-15 02:48:05

speaking of machinehead....i just can't get into fucking bands like that... machine head, fear factory, etc. Boring. If it's gonna be pissed off and angry, i like my music fast, heavy and energetic.
never heard burn my eyes, eh?

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

wow..nobody likes this band..ahah
fuck it i dont like them too...

thirtyseconds (February 16, 2006)

Yeah, there were some fantastic tracks on the Darkness CD. Rock on

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

Give me the new Darkness CD over this ANYDAY.

mikeinflames (February 15, 2006)

why is when dumb little scene kids don't like a metal band they automatically call them metalcore
i've heard everyone from in flames to chimaira to all that remains to arch enemy called metalcore
it doesn't make sense
just because you don't like them doesn't make them metalcore
using the word metalcore to describe a band you're realatively unfamilliar with makes you an asshat

with that aside this band is fairly solid musically
but it ends there
the lyrics/vocals are really bad
if this album was an instrumental it would be amazing

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

A bullet for my boner is more like it.

crazytoledo (February 15, 2006)

The solos on this album are pretty good for a fashioncoreish band.

clamum (February 15, 2006)

What the fuck is up with reviewing trash like this on this site? Goddamn.

kenfuggit (February 15, 2006)

Dude, I gotta second that comment about negative approach. Why is that metalcore bands who spend fifty kajillion dollars buying amps and the best recording studios on the planet get blown out of the water by 2 or 3 seconds of any given Nine Shocks Terror song recorded on a boombox? Face it, trustkill/euology/thorp bands: you are fucking posers who are better off playing emo.

-Ken

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 15, 2006)

What's with all these Welsh scenexcore bands trying to sound American? I'm looking at you Lostprophets (sellouts! You used to play nu-metal!), FFAF (http://www.scenepointblank.com/reviews/295) and now these guys.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

Lets hear it for fake screamo/emo hip, hip horray...BANG.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

This is great if your names Jason Tate, everybody else, will hate it (unless your 15 perhaps? or trying to get laid with young girls)

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

this kind of music may be tough and well crafted and really hard but it bores me..how can it be: I“m 23 years old now and the 1981 Alb from Negative Approach makes all those metalcore and trustkill ands look like weak shit

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

"Like most people on this site, I didn't always lean towards the music I listen to now. In the early stages of my journey towards enlightenment, my favourite bands were Stereophonics, Oasis and Blur. The band that changed all that was Bush blah blah blah... "

You're either joking or have eternally bad taste.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

speaking of machinehead....i just can't get into fucking bands like that... machine head, fear factory, etc. Boring. If it's gonna be pissed off and angry, i like my music fast, heavy and energetic.

Godfather (February 15, 2006)

ha, i just noticed will made the first comment so it definitely wasnt him....$20 says it was aubin

Godfather (February 15, 2006)

no way in hell will likes this turdlet....scott, maybe....but scott doesnt seem like the person to back down from saying what he feels about a band he knows everyone hates...it wouldnt surprise me if it was an admin....again, no possible way it was will

Dante3000 (February 15, 2006)

Fuck the haters on this one. This is with out a date the best new release of 06. The melodic taste of this band leaves me in a daze of tranquility and sheer satisfaction.
I posted anonymously to protect the innocent!
Scott or Will...$20 right now...who's game?
-Dante

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

Maybe some scene kids will accidentally pick up My Bloody Valentine instead of this and make the world a better place.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

at least they released this on Valentine's Day

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Fuck the haters on this one. This is with out a date the best new release of 06. The melodic taste of this band leaves me in a daze of tranquility and sheer satisfaction.
I posted anonymously to protect the innocent!

crazytoledo (February 14, 2006)

come on Trustkill stop pretending you have something in common with punk or hardcore

They inked a deal with Sony Music Worldwide, Trustkill only handles dthe American release, in an interview the one guy in this band pretty much said something like: Sony wouldnt know what to do with us, so they got a label that does to do it for them.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

hi cheese!

Testiclese (February 14, 2006)

blur is awesome, score is for blur

skolarx (February 14, 2006)

the intro is the only good part of this cd, and only because it has apocalyptica on it

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

come on Trustkill stop pretending you have something in common with punk or hardcore

dietcokeofpunk (February 14, 2006)

holy shitte! their video is almost 20mins long. not worth torturing myself for that long..

boba_fett (February 14, 2006)

some of the songs are fucking catchy, although i cant stand it when a band that wants to be hardcore starts singing with those emo voices. give me some terror.

and hey: that bend on 4 words is cool. especially when they do it at 2:20.

overall though, not really my genre and i dont like the whinny singing. but at the same time, some of the songs really are catchy. they get points for that.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Bigwig.......?
Yeah I know, they aren't as punk as Matchbook Romance & Bullet For My Valentine are, but come on!

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

2nd the no metal core, although intrigued by the gangsta metalcore

kenfuggit (February 14, 2006)

Its so funny how now we have "passionate" metalcore, "emo" metalcore, "political" metalcore and "gangsta" metalcore. My favorite is "no" metalcore.

-ken

Dante3000 (February 14, 2006)

Not to support this band in any way, shape or form, this is not meant as defense or a compliment, yada yada yada, but...
Why do so many American bands sing with british accents when they're American?

Because it's all Tim Armstrong knows?
-Dante

Scruffy (February 14, 2006)

"y do they sing in american accents when theyre welsh"

Not to support this band in any way, shape or form, this is not meant as defense or a compliment, yada yada yada, but...
Why do so many American bands sing with british accents when they're American?

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

"Happy Valentines Day! (Blahm) You're dead.
Love,
Dick Cheney"

That is the funniest thing you have ever written, and I anonymously hate on you a lot. That cracked me up though.

miff (February 14, 2006)

y do they sing in american accents when theyre welsh

thegetaway (February 14, 2006)

If you are a crap core band as this one is there are two things that must happen in the choosing of a band name.

1. The name must contain some sort of reference to romance, or one of the four seasons.

2. There has to be a cliche remark about something violent.

Bullelt for My Valentine- it passes the test. Congratulations guys on being grouped in with the most cliche sounding crappy music ever. Do us all a favor spare your valentine and use the bullet on your band.

davebrave4 (February 14, 2006)

Most pointlessly introspective review I've ever read.

crazytoledo (February 14, 2006)

These guys arent that bad. I got their cd (for free...hahahahaha) and it has a few good songs.

But then I didnt pay for it, my only complain is people will hate this because there extremly 'scene' and 'trendy'.

Dante3000 (February 14, 2006)

Happy Valentines Day! (Blahm) You're dead.
Love,
Dick Cheney

Fuck these donut asses.
-Dante

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Bullshit For My Valentine rocks!

sirens (February 14, 2006)

It looks like that woman has some big ole titties

Godfather (February 14, 2006)

hey, at least they don't have a cliche band name.....

the_other_scott (February 14, 2006)

nevermind i reread that sentence. i thought the "didn't" said "don't"

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Terrible band and terrible review. Can I please have my time back?

the_other_scott (February 14, 2006)

i don't undestand the first sentence.

also -- to go along with what will said. i could give a shit about what bands play what. i just wish that the shitty music wouldn't get so much coverage

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

This crap has to stop.

These bands are no good. This style of music was never any good.

-Will

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