11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Welsh thrash group Bullet for My Valentine works with mostly modern metal inventions and is more in touch with screamo bands than Metallica. The studio-tight harmonies and perfectly notched beats have more to do with post-'90s hard rock bands and emo-punk than the ragged-but-right free-for-alls of early thrash metal. Singer/guitarist Matthew Tuck is coming off a time out spent working with his side project Axewound. Here, he heads into Temper Temper determined to catch a looser ensemble in action. The title track bleeds some new tears, with guitars pulling in opposite directions until everything coalesces into a high-end riff fest for the chorus. Producer Don Gilmore (who also handled 2010's Fever) and mixing engineer supreme Chris Lord-Alge keep things slick and assured, ensuring that "P.O.W." plays out like a mini-series in less than four minutes. "Dirty Little Secret" turns in a dynamic performance, as does "Tears Don't Fall, Pt. 2."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Welsh thrash group Bullet for My Valentine works with mostly modern metal inventions and is more in touch with screamo bands than Metallica. The studio-tight harmonies and perfectly notched beats have more to do with post-'90s hard rock bands and emo-punk than the ragged-but-right free-for-alls of early thrash metal. Singer/guitarist Matthew Tuck is coming off a time out spent working with his side project Axewound. Here, he heads into Temper Temper determined to catch a looser ensemble in action. The title track bleeds some new tears, with guitars pulling in opposite directions until everything coalesces into a high-end riff fest for the chorus. Producer Don Gilmore (who also handled 2010's Fever) and mixing engineer supreme Chris Lord-Alge keep things slick and assured, ensuring that "P.O.W." plays out like a mini-series in less than four minutes. "Dirty Little Secret" turns in a dynamic performance, as does "Tears Don't Fall, Pt. 2."

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