Written by Alex Stojanovic
No More Tears To Cry
Step Out From The Inside
This Means War
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE IS:
Matt Tuck - Lead vocals & rhythm guitars
Michael "Padge" Paget - Lead guitars & backing vocals
Jamie Mathias - Bass & backing vocals
Jason Bowld - Drums
Release Date: August 5, 2022
Label: Spinefarm Records
Kicking off the bonus round is "Omen". It seems that Tuck in particular is still holding on to that electronic element that was heavily prominent on Gravity, but not going to that extreme. I always said that the overuse of the electronic element was what ruined Gravity. While the track contains solidly constructed melodies and riffs, the electronic element kills off some of the momentum for me. It's like driving down a smooth road for a few minutes, but you end up hitting a few big speed bumps in the process. However, that road eventually smoothens out at the next turn, which is "Stitches", which is in the same vein as "Omen", but the electronic element left the building.
"No More Tears To Cry" sees them returning to their classic 6/8 time signature feel and groove that was famous in songs like "All These Things I Hate", "Pretty On The Outside" and "P.O.W." It will no doubt cast old-school fans back to the high school/college days, while "Step Out From The Inside" is the soft spot of the record. Of the five new tracks, my personal favourite is "This Means War". The breakdown in particular is one of the heaviest moments of the entire bonus round, and it ends with a super quick but really nice bass fill from Jamie Mathias, and the chorus is without a doubt the catchiest of the bunch. Jason Bowld on the other hand continues to prove why he's more-than-worthy addition to the band.
As it's already been said, the new Bullet album sees them firing on all cylinders again after a dip in the path with Gravity, and they seem to be in the best place of their career. The only flaw about the new tracks might be the lack of guitar solos from Michael "Padge" Paget, but the newly released songs only add to the momentum that was experienced with the main album. They're in the pantheon of the legends of a new generation, whether people like it or not.
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