BFMV maintain one foot in metal and the other in the mainstream
After spending the last six months showing off his extreme metal side in tiny clubs and on festival side stages with AxeWound, Bullet For My Valentine mainman Matt Tuck has returned to his day job. This time, he’s clearly got stadiums and main-stage headline slots in his sights. Despite the gory front cover, ‘Temper Temper’ is an album full of slick, polished radio rock that sticks rigidly to the formula laid down by the Welsh metallers on their third album ‘Fever’. Chock full of chugging, steel-plated riffs and choruses engineered for fields of fists to pump along to, tracks like ‘Breaking Point’ and ‘Riot’ are all perfect to fit into the slot that daytime radio shows seem to offer to metal bands as a peace offering. Clinical and precise rather than mind-blowing, ‘Temper Temper’ will keep BFMV as a band with one foot in metal and the other in the mainstream, which is exactly where they want to be.