Bullet For My Valentine Say They Will Be 'Up There With The Big Boys For The Next 20 Years'

Just several days after the new BFMV album release, Bassist Jay James shares his thoughts about the new record and his vision of it's future.

Bullet For My Valentine Say They Will Be 'Up There With The Big Boys For The Next 20 Years'
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About a week ago, Bullet For My Valentine marked the release of their fourth studio album, "Temper Temper" via RCA Records. Prior to the official release, the band has posted a total of two videos, one for the title track back in November, while the second video for the "Riot" track saw it's release last month. Australia's Loud magazine took a chance to talk about the new record with the group's bassist Jay James. James has expressed his satisfaction with the final outcome, stating that the band has adopted the 'less is more' rule in it's making. "I think it's a new hybrid Bullet. To sum it up in one word, I'd say it's more mature than our previous stuff. We adopted a rule that 'less is more' [with] this album and gave the songs just exactly what they need. It's not crammed with so many technical things. It only needs and only has the crunching, crazy riffs where they need to be. We've tried to approach a wider crowd and a wider audience as well as keeping the Bullet fans." "It's a fine edge to try and grasp. I think it's a better, bigger album. We follow the rule that you're only as good as your last album, so I think this is going to take us to the next level. Our thirst for world domination hasn't changed. We think we're going to be up there with the big boys for the next twenty years with this album", the bassist tells Loud magazine. When asked to name a single achievement he would like the band to reach in the current year, James simply answered "A Grammy!", which means the group is aiming big. Whether they'll make it or not yet remains to be seen. So have you checked out the album yet? Or at least the two singles they've released so far? And do you think the guys will earn themselves a Grammy somewhere in the near future? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    lefty311
    Why aim for a Grammy? If that's what'll satisfy your musical quest then you're an idiot. NO ONE gives a shit about Grammys.
    link no1
    I'm not entirely defending him here because like most people, I thought the album sucked major penis but, If his ambition is to get a grammy then who are you to question that? If my ambition was to just release an album one day with enough profit to buy a really really nice expensive guitar, who would anybody be to tell me I'm wrong?
    sideslick
    The day I start making music for the fame of a pop-crowd is the day I am officially a sellout.
    ThatZachGuy
    Because if someone's reason for making music is fame or material gain, then he is an enemy of art. I mean, I don't want to sound like "that guy," but if someone isn't making music for the love of music and self-expression, I can't respect that person. It's just wrong and sick to me.
    Doctor.Dolittle
    If they make more of their albums like "Temper, Temper", then I don't think they'd have a chance.
    Braykah
    You wish.
    Johnny_Ibanez
    "Bullet For My Valentine" I think Oscar Pistorius has ruined that name for them.
    Nero Galon
    Erm can you explain that to me, honestly not sure what you're talking about :|
    sideslick
    Famous double-amputee track star. Both shins amputated shortly after birth due to a birth defect. He competed in not only the the 2012 London Paralympics, but also the 2012 London Olympics. On February 14th his girlfriend was shot and killed. He is the only suspect, and is most likely the killer. As I type this, details are pretty scarce. Witnesses are leaning toward saying domestic-dispute, but a pre-meditation-charge is still possible.
    cfhdomination
    What an egotistical prick. 10 years from now, all their fans will be grown up and will find much better bands to listen to.
    mazturofpuppetz
    I liked The Poison and Scream Aim Fire, and Fever was okay, but this new album just wasn't up to par. They DO have talent, they just don't use it in the right way.
    cyclonus
    And there I was thinking their egos couldn't be any more over-inflated following their interview for Guitar World magazine in 2008 in which they claimed their only competition in releasing an album that year was Metallica. They're just not as spectacular as they think they are
    jonathanb2
    I think they used to be. Sure, saying Metallica was their only competition was an exaggeration, but realistically, no one was really able to get close to Bullet for a while. However, after "Temper Temper", that's all changed.
    Kueller917
    You could argue that they were better a few years ago, but no way were they ever one of the biggest things out there. They were popular, but not above and beyond to get close to a name like Metallica.
    I.shower.naked
    Members of this band have some talent, they just haven't utilized it the right way.
    Braykah
    They are pretty skilled instrumentalists, but I can't get over that Tuck sings like a whiny kid, and their lyrics are shallow and metalcore-cliched as hell. And that doesn't go just for Temper Temper.
    I.shower.naked
    I like his voice in some songs, but in others it just gets annoying. I like him better in AxeWound.
    CollyOBrien
    if you by 'Big Boys' you mean bands that churn out the same bland shit, album after album, then yes, yes you will!
    sideslick
    So they will fit in just fine at the Grammies. Foo Fighters is the biggest exception I can think of.
    lintons44
    I might be wrong here as I'm only really familiar with the poison but how was any of the music technical?, Nevermore, Nile, Opeth that's technical, BFMV is bland, mediocre and simple, which is not necessarily a bad thing just don't call your self technical when your not. just my opinion though.
    Rockeagle540
    haha, theyre shite, all posture, no texture, like ever other new ''metal'' band to date, i dont think anyone would classify them up there with the greats, maiden, priest, sabbath, metallica ect.
    GenerationKILL
    their new album already sounds terribly dated and it hasn't even been out for a whole year yet. Also, don't count on a Grammy when your subject material is about getting in someones face aggressively, or banging some chick, ON EVERY SONG on the album. I'm sorry, but these guys fell off after their second album. Extremely juvenile stuff which should technically equate them with acts like Justin Bieber, since thats about the same age their fan base is. Grammy winners are guys like Brian Eno and Stevie Wonder. Not Welsh bands who are in their early thirties, still singing about the context of a grade 10 girl's diary. Pretty sad considering I thought these guys had potential when they started out...
    MetalMovieNerd
    Well guys, I hate to break it to you but in ten years when emo/scene girls start to grow up most of your fan base will be gone and you'll be saying something along the lines of "we were a phase in music history".
    sgfaded36
    I don't think they have ever been good, I feel like their entire career has been copying other metalcore bands. To call them revolutionary or innovative is an unfunny joke.
    Camron62\m/
    wow. less and less respect for them. Bring back the good stuff that's actually technical and creative instead of recycling shit and making it boring.
    EyesWideOpen
    If you honestly go to Bullet for my Valentine for technical and creative music then by god you need to discover more music.
    atreyudrksthour
    The title of this article honestly made me want to faceplant a wall. I didn't think they could get any more egotistical! And this album was utter shit!
    burlyredsheep
    "We've tried to approach a wider crowd and a wider audience as well as keeping the Bullet fans." Usually when bands evolve, that's a natural thing. Here it seems they're just kind of... Selling out.
    jeretx2
    The album sucked. The music was heavy but the vocals killed it for me lol
    metalchris87
    Does he think in 40 years, when were watching some vh1 special about the history of rock and metal, that because of temper temper, bfmv will be mentioned with the likes of black sabbath led zeppelin metallica gnr acdc and iron maiden?! This band sufferers from delusions of grandeur.