Venom [Deluxe Edition]

Venom [Deluxe Edition]

by Bullet for My Valentine

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Overview

Venom [Deluxe Edition]

The Welsh metal unit's fifth studio long-player, the aptly named Venom finds Bullet for My Valentine on the defensive, offering up a meaty and aggressive 11-track set aimed squarely at diffusing some of the concerns that fans voiced upon the release of 2013's uneven Temper Temper. After a short ambient intro, the band wastes little time in getting their hands dirty, digging into the first single "No Way Out" with all the delicacy of a lion pack descending on a broken-legged gazelle. A visceral mix of taut, dueling guitar-monies, old-school thrash propulsion, and a chorus that burrows into your eardrums and lays eggs, it's the perfect opening volley, even though it sets the bar a bit high for what follows. Bullet for My Valentine have always worn their influences proudly (and loudly) on their tattered sleeves (Metallica, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Pantera, etc.), and that penchant for classicist metal serves as Venom's foundation, but the band is also a product of its time, and post-hardcore breakdowns and generic blasts of screamo-fueled angst are likely to creep in and occasionally dumb down the proceedings, especially on less immediate cuts like "Worthless" and "Harder the Heart (The Harder It Breaks)." That said, it's hard to find fault with the album's high points, as each of them, from the aforementioned "No Way Out" to the brooding, slow-burn title track and the unabashedly stadium-ready "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)," undeniably play to the group's strengths. The band's detractors will probably complain that the template remains firmly in place, and the band is aimlessly trekking through well-trodden terrain, but by returning to their roots, Bullet for My Valentine seem to have reignited the spark that made their early work so vital. [Venom was also released with two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751172425
catalogNumber: 511724
Rank: 36827

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bullet for My Valentine   Primary Artist
Dan Brown   Vocals
Austin Dickinson   Vocals
Ryan Richards   Vocals
Michael E. Thomas   Drums,Vocals
Matthew Tuck   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Paget   Guitar,Vocals
Carl Bown   Vocals
Andrew Humphries   Vocals
Stefan Whiting   Vocals
Rebekah Power   Vocals
Lauren Metcalf   Vocals
Jamie Mathias   Bass,Vocals
Jack Vallier   Vocals
Henry Boeree   Vocals
Ginnie Breakwell   Vocals
Emma Gorman   Vocals
Alice Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Colin Richardson   Producer,Engineer
Craig Jennings   Management
Ryan Clark   Art Direction
Ryan Richards   Management
Matthew Tuck   Composer,Producer
Shane Blay   Producer
Josh Gilbert   Producer
Michael Paget   Engineer
Paul Ryan   Booking
Matt Ash   Management
Martyn "Ginge" Ford   Engineer
Ryan Harlacher   Booking
Carl Bown   Producer,Engineer
Jim Pinder   Engineer
Daryl Eaton   Booking
Randy Salcedo   Booking

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