Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release their self-titled, seventh album on October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy. According to a press release, the LP sees the band open a bold new chapter and is “easily their heaviest, fiercest album so far.”
Today the band has unveiled “Parasite”, the second single from their upcoming seventh, self-titled studio album. “‘Parasite’ is an absolute rager from start to finish,” the band said. “Easily one of the gnarliest tracks we’ve ever written. We couldn’t be more stoked to finally get it out there.”
“Bullet For My Valentine” follows the success of the band’s last album, 2018’s “Gravity”, which saw the metal juggernauts’ catalogue surpass 1 billion streams in the U.S. That accomplishment solidifies BULLET‘s hard-earned status as one of the most elite bands in the hard rock scene. On the last cycle, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE played its biggest shows to date, including a U.K. arena tour and a massive show at London’s Alexandra Palace. But this time around, the band has taken things back to basics. “Bullet For My Valentine” is stacked with squealing solos and monstrous riffs that will delight fans — both new and old.
“This is the beginning of BULLET 2.0,” says 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.”
“I think it’s the most ferocious side of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE that I’ve ever known,” says lead guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget. “It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can’t wait to grimace on stage!”
“I wanted to come out guns blazing, fucking middle fingers flying, and just go for the throat,” agrees Tuck. “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.”
Tuck began writing the album in September 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic brought things screeching to a halt in early 2020. But in June 2020, Tuck and longtime producer, Carl Bown, who co-produced the band’s 2015 album, “Venom”, and produced and mixed “Gravity”, picked up the pace again. Together, they hunkered down at Treehouse Studio in Chesterfield, where the remainder of the album was written.
Aptly self-titled, the band has triumphed, creating an album that will cement its place in the metal pantheon.
Pre-orders for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s seventh studio album are now live, with an instant download of “Knives” and special bundle options, including a unique clipping from the backdrop used on the band’s “Venom” world tour from 2015 – 2017, t-shirts, hoodies, gold and silver cassettes, and limited vinyl.
“Bullet For My Valentine” track listing:
3. My Reverie
4. No Happy Ever After
5. Can’t Escape The Waves
7. Rainbow Veins
10. Death By a Thousand Cuts
In addition to all the existing hits, fans will get the chance to hear new music live for the first time this Sunday when BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE make history by headlining the Download Pilot at Donington Park on June 18-20. Earlier in the month, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE launched an official fan club, dubbed “Army Of Noise”, via Patreon.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE is:
- Matt Tuck / Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
- Michael “Padge” Paget / Lead Guitar
- Jamie Mathias / Bass
- Jason Bowld / Drums