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Bullet For My Valentine - The Poison Review

by Mike Rapin

Let it be known in all the land that, as deceiving or misleading as the name may be, Bullet For My Valentine is not an emo band. Their latest release, The Poison, could explain.

Starting the CD off, the "Intro" of the CD sounds like something from an old Phil Collins CD or something of that nature, but busts straight into "Her Voice Resides." Great riffs, a sweet ass solo and then some, the CD moves on to "4 Words (To Choke On)" which may start slow, but busts into a punch of metalcore that only makes me smile.

Continuing on, "Tears Don't Fall" grabs me at my heartstrings with its melodic sound and power-ballad sound. And, let me say, the double-bass pedal makes the song.

"Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do)" gives the feeling that too many emo-kids might like this song if it didn't have so many screams. Plus, I just want to wave my hair in that emo way when I listen. Besides all of that, it's a good "up-beat" song to "get pumped to."

Then with something that reminds me a tad of Trivium, "Hit the Floor" screams for a sing-a-long with its catchy chorus. But, as if realizing that their name sounds damn emo, Bullet For My Valentine breaks into "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" which has to have some of the most emo lyrics I have ever heard, but music-wise, is damn catchy. As if knowing that their previous song was so damn emo, "Room 409" makes this so damn emo. "I loved you (I hate you), you hurt me" Wow. Beyond that, it's damn good song due to its speed and awesome riffs.

"The Poison" made begins and actually made me wonder if I had changed CDs. The sound is such a change from the previous songs, it caught me off guard. With a sing-song chorus, it makes me want to clap with the beat. But, to astound the listener, the happy-go-lucky sound fades with the end breakdown only to be brought back to the sing-song chorus.

Moving on, Bullet For My Valentine succeeds in making me dislike a song on The Poison. "10 Years Today" is a decent song that has some cheesy lyrics along with some mediocre riffs. I can't see anything too good with the song.

In something that reminds me of Finch's What It Is To Burn album, BFMV turns away from their earlier sound, making me usually turn the song to the better sounding "Spit It Out" which makes me feel a bit better about the CD. Because, as said in the song, "It's our time." Definitely a recovery of a song via breakdown.

"The End" is quite an ending. Emo times four here; lyrically, I feel a bit scared listening. The song sounds as if lead singer, Matthew Tuck, is going to kill someone. "˜The End' of the CD is actually quite good and things are resolved when the end of "The End" comes to pass.

The instruments' astounding.
The vocals' incredible.
The lyrics' emo, yet creative.

Emo count: 10

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Her Voice Resides
3. 4 Words (To Choke Upon)
4. Tears Don't Fall
5. Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do)
6. Hit The Floor
7. All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)
8. Room 409
9. The Poison
10. 10 Years Today
11. Cries In Vain
12. Spit You Out
13. The End

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