Releasing a seventh studio album is a milestone for any band, so it’s only fitting that metal legends Bullet For My Valentine have chosen to release their seventh installment under a self-titled moniker to celebrate the event. The record, set to drop on October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy, has already been heralded as their heaviest long-player to date, heightening the excitement of fans keenly awaiting the follow-up to 2018’s Gravity. You can check out the clip for lead single ‘Knives’ below.
“This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0,” asserts vocalist and lead guitarist Matt Tuck. “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.” He continues: “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.”
Adding his thoughts on the album, lead guitarist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget echoes the sentiment. “I think it’s the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I’ve ever known,” he comments. “It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can’t wait to grimace on stage!”
The album’s inception takes us all the way back to September 2019. Having said that, it wasn’t completely free of influence from the period of time that followed when the pandemic fell upon us, as Tuck and long-time producer Carl Bown joined forces in June of last year again to complete the remainder of the songs. Bown co-produced prior record Venom in addition to producing and mixing Gravity, cementing his status as a de facto member of the longstanding iconic group.