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Bullet For My Valentine blend thrash with metalcore on new single, Parasite

Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine
(Image credit: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images)

Bullet For My Valentine have dropped Parasite, the second single from their forthcoming seventh studio album.

Treading the path paved by the album's first single Knives, the track marries elements of both thrash and metalcore, utilizing furious riff work and thunderous rhythms to remind us once again of the band's refreshed – and notably heavier – musical trajectory. Take a listen below.

“Parasite is an absolute rager from start to finish!” the band enthuses. “Easily one of the gnarliest tracks we've ever written – we couldn't be more stoked to finally get it out there.”

On the band's forthcoming full-length, Bullet For My Valentine, frontman Matt Tuck explains: “This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0. 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 wanted to come out guns blazing, fucking middle fingers flying, and just go for the throat. 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.”

“I think it's the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I've ever known,” agrees 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.”

Bullet For My Valentine arrives October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy. To preorder, head to the band's official website. In the meantime, check out the album's tracklisting below.

  1. Parasite
  2. Knives
  3. My Reverie
  4. No Happy Ever After
  5. Can't Escape The Waves
  6. Bastards
  7. Rainbow Veins
  8. Shatter
  9. Paralysed
  10. Death By a Thousand Cuts

Bullet For My Valentine – Parasite

(Image credit: Bullet For My Valentine)
Sam Roche

Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.