Bullet for My Valentine Looking to 'Go A Lot Heavier' With New Album

"We wanna kind of go 'Master Of Puppets-y,'" says frontman Matt Tuck.

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UK metallers Bullet for My Valentine recently discussed their plans about the new record, expressing desire to get back to more metal-oriented complex sound.

"Basically, we're gonna go a lot heavier next time," frontman Matt Tuck stated during an EMP Rock Invasion interview. "We just think we've kind of done what we wanted to do with [producer] Don [Gilmore]. We just don't wanna do the same thing again. So now we kind of went from heavy to kind of thrashy to kind of hard rock records."

He continued, "And now we wanna kind of bring a bit more of a thrash metal element back into the sound, really. We wanna kind of go 'Master of Puppets'-y. Instead of cutting the songs down and making them simple, we wanna make them really complicated next time."

When asked about the less aggressive vibe and tone of the latest BFMV record "Temper Temper," Tuck replied: "Our goal was just to kind of work on a different way of writing songs, really, which is backing off tempos and making them a bit less complicated and just writing a simple rock song, really. So that was kind of the theory behind it."

"Temper Temper" dropped back in February via RCA Records as the fourth studio effort in the group's opus. With 44,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it landed at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. Prior to the official release, the album was announced with title track and "Riot" singles.

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    Just like EVERY rock-based band says before their album drops...
    Sewage Rat
    You probably thought that the album would be a lot heavier...NOPE just Chuck Testa
    The only band ever to ACTUALLY GET HEAVIER with their new albums was Pantera. Also, I'm not big on the line about going "master of puppets-y"...there is only one Master of Puppets...
    chevelle got heavier with each album until sci-fi crimes came out (but i still like it alot)
    metallica wannabes
    One of their main influences is Metallica! Of course they're going to take a leaf out of Metallica's book. Moron!
    Let's just hope they don't pay attention to either the leaf that involves collaborating with Lou Reed or taking until 2015 at the earliest to release an album
    Bfmv is one of those bands that at one point me and my metal friends all enjoyed. Now they r an embarrassment, and Matt tuck is right up there with Ivan moody and Fred durst as worst lyricists ever
    Any change of direction at all would be welcome at this point. The Poison, their first album, at least had some teeth to go with the catchy melodies. Since then, in my eyes, they have failed to mature or fulfil any of that early potential.
    "looking to 'go a lot heavier' with the new album" when you'll find the inspiration to open a new album with songs like "Her Voice Resides" you'll have again my attention...
    The Poison was a great album. Scream Aim Fire was decent. But the rest have continually gone down hill. One thing about this band though...they can write some killer guitar solos when they put their mind to it. So much potential... they just don't use it enough.
    How about... maintain your own tone and try to make another album like S.A.F
    The Poison was BY FAR their best piece of work. SAF sucked. Not many memorable songs except for 2-3 and this is from a band that I considered my favorite after listening to The Poison and seeing them live. Fever was worse. And don't get me started on Temper Temper. I've been greatly disappointed by a band that I once considered my favorite. They just keep losing quality with each album
    I actually agree with you. The poison had a certain "umph" to it that scream aim fire lacked. I feel like everyone's forgetting the day that they released scream aim fire (video) and it was like... this is the same band that made the poison?
    I thought that album was pretty terrible. I can honestly say that there was not a single decent song on Scream Aim Fire.
    Are you fan of Bullet? I agree it wasn't as good as "The Poison", but I thought it was still pretty solid.
    I liked "The Poison" a lot, but I don't enjoy anything after that album. I just think all the lyrics are pretty cliche metal on that album. I guess in all reality that doesn't make me a fan though. Didn't mean to poo on opinions up there, though, just adding my thoughts.
    I thought that was their best album. It's the least emo-ey.
    I agree that it is the least emo album, and I'm not a fan of emo music, but I don't think an album being not emo is enough for it to be considered good. Just my opinions, though.
    Scream Aim Fire is very good album and there are excellent songs on it.
    I really wouldn't call any BFMV album 'very good'. The Poison was tolerable, SAF was poor and their last two albums are some of the worst metal albums I've ever heard.
    i loved these guys with their first two releases, but the last two were so bad, i cant bring myself to listen to ANY of their stuff anymore.
    Well, maybe one of the reasons y they're goin heavier is cos their voices hav healed. Dont forget, Matt and the bassist (shoot me for not knowin his name...) but had truble. Hopefully we'll hear bettr/mor screams in this album
    Moose. Axewound was better than temper, temper. We're talking about a band that decided "hey, we've had some awesome commercial success... Let's do an entire album thats radio ready. Short songs with super cliche lyrics that anyone can relate to. Radio edit the format so that they dont have to cut the solos but add lots of cuss words so rhat we still sound edgy... Great success!" Fail. The Poision, SAF and even Fever were decent but I feel like I'm too old to listen to temper, temper because its written for 14 year olds. I didnt find a solid track. If I'm wrong please list the good ones so I can go back and feel like a dunce.
    I think you need to listen to it a few times... that's what I did and now my favourite song on that album changes everytime as I always hear something different that I like on it.
    This band wants to be Metallica SO bad that its kind of becoming sad. No matter what you play...just be yourself dude.
    Wasn't their last album supposed to be along the lines of Metallica's self titled in their words? Definitely get what you mean here.
    Stopped listening after Scream Aim Fire, so much potential flushed down the toilet. I honestly hope they can get heavier again, maybe pick up where they left off with SAF, just for god sakes don't make another fever or temper temper. Then I can only hope that All that Remains will follow the same path and go metal again.
    Dude All That Remains is so embarrassing now, holy shit. I did NOT see that coming after The Fall Of Ideals.
    I'm digging All That Remains sound right now it's mature and not a complete shot to the fans respect. I will say if they make another Fever I'm done with these guys.
    I couldn't even listen to Fever or Temper Temper without shaking my head. I don't know what producer said it sounded good, but he should be run out of town with pitchforks.
    I would welcome back their heavier sound. Their last two albums have been huge disappointments. I know they'll probably never go back to The Poison sound, but if they can make a heavier version of SAF, I'll jump back on their bandwagon.
    I know who said this: Lostprophets. When they released Liberation transmission with Bob Rock as a producer,the band affirmed that the album was intended to be their own "master of puppets". You probably have heard the album and know the results. PS: I always liked lostprophets as a band and don't dislike liberation trasmission at all. As a previous user said above : "Just like EVERY rock-based band says before their album drops..."
    ehhh, I'd say they should just do what comes naturally rather than just trying to fit a certain sound, which is what they've been ddoing for the last two albums, and parts of SAF to be sure. The poison was a great debut album for their sort of band, it had a bit of edge, was fast and loud and that finale during Tears Don't Fall was excellent. It's this obsession with trying to be HEAVY MAN! That ruins a lot of modern metal, Heavy isn't just turing up the gain to 11, screaming at the top of your lungs and playing as fast as possible, it's a feeling. The early Black Sabbath stuff is still miles heavier than tons of modern metal. Just listen to Black Sabbath, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, /thats/ heavy.
    I don't think the problem is the kind of album they wanted to make last time with Temper Temper, I think they're just running out of inspiration. They have lots of potential, but they are definitely lacking of creativity.
    I liked BFMV's first two albums. Even Fever was decent. I haven't listened to Temper Temper yet...
    At least they know the reason their last album was so underwhelming. They are talented musicians, I'm curious to see what they come up with if they stick to the plan.
    They need to stop trying to be the next Metallica and be themselves. Their first 2 albums sound ****ing awesome but their last 2 are mostly shite (2 or so decent songs on Fever but whole of TT is terribad). I really hope they go back to their roots!
    These guys have been steadily going downhill for me. Their first album, I could listen to from top to bottom. Not one track on that album that I'd skip. Since then, I've found myself skipping more and more tracks of their albums. Crossing my fingers and hoping the next album blows the last few out of the water.
    I think instead of making a new heavier album, they should just stop trying to make music
    I wouldn't go that far, I mean the first two albums were a major marker for commercial metal. These guys could be huge if they quit neglecting their fanbase.
    Heard that before... I've really lost interest in bullet. Wouldn't it be nice if bands did actually get heavier.
    A band will never really admit when they have ****ed up. They have to stand behind their music, Korn's Path of Totality, Bullet for My Valentine's Temper Temper and Metallica's Lulu. None apologized and all THINK they made what will become "classic" albums. Bullet said that Temper Temper would be slower, softer, and less complicated and quite frankly they delivered on that unfortunately. So I'm inclined to believe them if they say the next will be heavier.
    We need something that sounds like a mature Poison, they're not going to sound exactly the same after 10+ years. Make it sound like Fever, just that little bit heavier. Take The Poison and Fever and just take out the calm crap like A Place Where You Belong...
    A Place Where You Belong was one of my favourites..
    Same. That's a great song. Soft/slow songs are one of their staples, even on The Poison, and they make great ones so why should they take them out? Just to BE MORE METALLLLL?? The amount of slow/soft songs isn't the problem, it's how incredibly uninteresting their actual "heavy" songs are. They're just not enough to leave you satisfied. I always feel like I listened to a half-metal song whenever I hear new Bullet.
    If you are a Bullet fan, you respect the different angles and different creativeness they took with every album. Nobody wants to hear album after album duplicated. If you're a Metal fan, this band just might not be your cup of tea. So don't listen to them, and don't bitch about them. Rock on Bullet
    Emo for me is not a problem. I really liked their Poison album. A hard copy of the album sits between to my Augury and Testament cds. SAF was meh. Ok. And then worse off from there on out. I dont think that it had anything to do with the 'heavy' factor. I just think, they've lost a certain unique sound of theirs which I grew to like.
    Guys.. It's not about being 'heavier', it's about writing good music. Last record sucked. I was optimistic about the new Children of Bodom despite the last two sucking royally. However, new one still sucked. I doubt they'll pull it back. Once you've lost the magic, it's doubtful you'll return. Possible, but doubtful.
    I thought the new album and R&RF sounded very generic, nothing mind blowing. Though I thought Bloodrunk had some great tracks, like "One Day You Will Cry" and "Banned From Heaven".
    Really? I like their latest album..
    The last effort was extrememly catchey, but disappointing hoping for a repeat of the first two albums vibe. Which I got a little taste of that on Saints and Sinners
    These guys arent heavy. They have never been heavy. Man, the mainstream gives me a headache.
    Man I really hope they do get heavier. Bullet needs to go back to the poison kind of sound. They were way better then.
    The Poison was actually good. SAF was okay when I was in 10th and 11th grade, then I really got past it. Fever was fine for maybe a week. Temper Temper was a waste of an hour of my life. I really don't care what they do because I'm not a fan of them anymore but for their sake I really hope they write an album that can stand on its own feet, and doesn't rip off their own songs.
    since Avenged Sevenfold is saying shit like this.. maybe they wanted to jump on the band wagon... no surprise
    If they keep their word maybe ill actually buy this. Didn't like temper temper at all really...
    The Jet Lag Man
    This was one of those bands that I don't really remember why I liked them so much. I liked Fever and The Poison, but basically lost interest because if how bad Temper Temper was.
    I was a late Bullet fan, mate showed me them just after Fever was released, and previously i had heard "Hand of Blood" and "Hit the floor" and loved the songs. I listened to Fever and Scream Aim Fire since those were the only 2 cds of theirs he had and put them on repeat, wasnt until a month or 2 later when i brought all their cds including the poison. To me that is one of my fav albums i own and i loved their sound, SAF wasnt too bad, i enjoyed almost all the songs on it, Fever i didnt mind too much, Pretty on the outside and Your betrayal resonate with me about my ex (ikr..) And temper temper, well i listened to it a fair amount, i didnt think it was terrible but it wasnt great. Hope they really bring back their poison sound
    Cpt Doodles
    Thank **** hahah Temper Temper has some good hooks and riffs n shit too, it'll be great live, but **** me was it a disappointing effort haha
    I raise the bullsh*t hand. I actually quite like these guys, but the only heavy music ever written by Matt Tuck is in Axewound, and whilst i quite want them to go back to Scream, Aim, Fire era (my favourite - no emo-ness or pretentious douchebaggery, just bug riffs and some pseudo-thrash). The last two albums were quite terrible.
    Everything about this band is great...besides the lyrics. I tried to get into the band and have listened to most of their songs but they really lack with the lyrics in my opinion. I'm hoping that the new record delivers the lyrics that this band has been missing
    Ok being someone who is a huge metal fan but also loving all rock music and being open minded about music I can say that I'm still happy with what bullet has been doing sure there are things I don't like about fever and temper temper mainly the new guitar tone but you guys have got to understand that metal isn't about playing at 300 bpm with throat bursting screams if you think it is tell that to all the original metal bands but look these guys are still one of my favorite bands I admit temper temper isn't the best album on earth but it still has some great riffs and great songs to jam to music would never evolve if bands didn't experiment if bands just kept making the same albums all the time then music would just sound like one band playing one album over and over again kind of like modern pop and rap music is made to change.