So My Reverie slows things down a breath while still retaining a low-tuned heft. No Happy Ever After races back up the gears with a relentless thrashing riff and some totally monstrous grooves, while Can’t Escape The Waves rides a leviathan of a bass riff through building dynamics that ebb and flow through seething waters. Bastards arrives on a huge circular rhythm and builds into a huge sing-along hard rock anthem with a beating metal heart, before Rainbow Veins introduces splashes of colour via swirling instrumentation and melody. Taken as a whole, the album is far from one-dimensional in its structure and compositions but the defining element remains that of raging aggression and heaviness.
Some of the riffs on here are things of true monstrous beauty. Check out the sheer stomping chunkiness that propels Shatter and Paralysed towards the finish line and then try questioning this band’s metal credentials. It’s a team effort though, with the pummelling rhythms more than playing their parts and Matt Tuck never sounding better. This is Bullet firing on all cylinders and it sounds absolutely immense.
For fans of: Trivium, Bury Tomorrow, Metallica
Bullet For My Valentine is released on November 5 via Spinefarm / Search & Destroy.