On August 14 of 2015, Welsh metalcore band, Bullet For My Valentine released their fifth studio album, Venom.
The album did very well in a few different countries. It hit number one here in the US, as well as Australia and Switzerland. It also broke the top ten in the UK, Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.
They released the first single, "No Way Out" on May 30, 2015, and that started a long list of singles actually. Just over half of the album has been released as a single since the first one, and honestly, they did a decent job of choosing singles. We came to realize a lot of our favorite songs on the album were singles from the album.
Songs like, "You Want A Battle? (Here's A War)", "Worthless", and "The Harder The Heart (The Harder It Breaks)" stood out to us a lot. Now the ladder is not a single but its really just raw emotions being poured out into lyrics. It tells the story of a broken heart, and looking back at bad times, but not regretting a second of it. It goes through the process of being able to let go, and its done in a beautiful way, and we just had to give it some credit.
"Worthless", in a way, feels similar to "The Harder The Heart" in the lyrics. Except rather than being hurt, its the defensive possibly angry side of things. Its saying the words the other person are speaking mean absolutely nothing to you and you're just not going to take it any more.
Then lastly there's "You Want A Battle? (Here's A War", which is actually rather empowering. Don't stay quiet, speak up and be heard, that seems to be the main point of the song and that is something we approve of.
If we're honest though, we have not kept up with Bullet for quite some time. They were once one of our absolute favorite bands, but over the years we've moved away from them a bit, and just don't feel any sort of attachment to their new music. The last album we actually heard when it was brand new as the Fever album, which was released in 2010. After that, we just didn't really pay much attention to them.
So listening to them again after so long was honestly a bit foreign to us but not necessarily in a bad way. That being said, would we listen to this album on repeat? Honestly, probably not. But, as someone who actually has a lot of memories attached to BFMV, we are very proud of them and congratulate them on all the success they've had over the years. That includes this album.
Bullet For My Valentine is staying rather active this year, as they will be performing a few shows in Japan this April before coming to the US to do a second leg of the British Invasion tour with Asking Alexandria, and perform at many festivals. The festivals will include Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma and the River City Rockfest.
They also will be playing many European festivals this summer, but we suggest you check out BFMV's website to see those, and all of their tour dates that are coming up. Be sure to check out Venom which can be found anywhere music is sold.
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