Label: RCA Records
Release Date: February 11, 2013
Temper Temper marks the fourth release for Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine. The new album doesn’t attempt to reinvent the band’s sound and that isn’t necessarily good. Temper Temper is full of radio friendly filler but nothing that stands out as a particularly strong single. The fact is that the album is full of mediocre mainstream metalcore that pollutes most radio stations. Like many popular bands, they just don’t seem to stand out or differentiate themselves from the throngs of radio sound-a-likes.
The album kicks off with up-tempo rocker “Breaking Point,” which feigns the type of “in-your-face” attitude that is typical of a lot of rock radio. “Truth Hurts” pretty much comes off like the type of adolescent ranting of an angst-ridden teenager. The lyrics for the album’s title track can only be described as cringe-worthy at best. “P.O.W.” reminds me a lot of songs by mid-tempo emo-fests made popular by Chevelle. Bullet for My Valentine are unafraid to embrace many of rock’s tired cliché’s. The album’s song titles sound interchangeable with any of rock radio’s mainstays. “Dirty Little Secret”, “Dead to the World”, “Riot” and “Saints and Sinners” all sound like they could be from any release from Nickle-Seeth-Three-Days Park.
Temper Temper isn’t the worst album ever released. Its biggest problem is that it just sounds like more of the same thing in an already over-homogenized scene. Instead of stepping out of the box and attempting to expand their sound, Bullet for My Valentine have played it safe with a boring and mediocre album.