Bullet For My Valentine have announced their self-titled seventh studio album, sharing its first – and decidedly heavy – debut single, Knives.
While the Bridgend quartet have explored vast musical territory over the course of their decades-spanning tenure – from metal masterclass debut album The Poison to most recent, poppier-tinged effort Gravity – this new cut is one for the purists.
Kicking off with a monster open-string riff delivered by guitarists Matt Tuck and Michael “Padge” Paget, the track demonstrates a change in stylistic direction for BFMV, in which they appear to be incorporating a more metalcore-driven approach.
And it seems there's more where that came from, as Bullet For My Valentine is being described as “easily their heaviest, fiercest album so far”.
“This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0,” explains Tuck. “It signifies where we are right now. The music is fresh, it's aggressive, it's more visceral and passionate than it's ever been.”
“I think it's the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I've ever known,” says lead guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget. “It's time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can't wait to grimace on stage!”
“I wanted to come out guns blazing, fucking middle fingers flying, and just go for the throat,” agrees Tuck. “I think this is a far more aggressive, intense part of Bullet For My Valentine. It's always been there. I've just never opened the floodgates on it. I want to take people's heads off in a metaphorical way.”
The new album arrives October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy, with preorders available now (opens in new tab). In the meantime, the band are set to headline the historic Download Festival Pilot at Donington Park in the UK on June 20.
In other BFMV news, the band recently announced Army of Noise (opens in new tab), a Patreon-based fanclub which offers access to perks and exclusive Bullet-related content.
Check out the full tracklisting for Bullet For My Valentine below:
- My Reverie
- No Happy Ever After
- Can't Escape The Waves
- Rainbow Veins
- Death By a Thousand Cuts