Fever - Bullet For My Valentine
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  • Summary: Don Gilmore produced the third album for the Welsh heavy-metal band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Fever is unlikely to win Bullet For My Valentine more respect amongst their peers, but this could be the album to persuade non-believers.
  2. Despite the lyrics failing to improve upon previous efforts, elsewhere Fever represents a significant step forward, and practically guarantees that BFMV will fulfil the expectations preceding its release.
  3. It's their confident leaning on heritage-metal in particular that sets Bullet For My Valentine apart from local contemporaries Funeral For A Friend and Lost Prophets, but it's also that strength that holds them back.
  4. Fun, but noisy enough to make your parents worry about your ears.
  5. This third album won't appease the doubters, the sound of their previous Billboard chart-crashing album now polished until it gleams like chrome. [Jun 2010, p.120]
  6. On Fever, it's all about the harmonized riffs and the high-flying melodies interlocking with the type of rhythmic thud that feels like it could move the earth--and the pop charts. [May 2010, p.104]
  7. Gilmore has merely rendered Fever more American market-friendly and given it a strong flavor of stateside nu-metal. It's a pattern that is just too repetitious, too anodyne and just plain insipid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    A move away from their previous albums, Fever adds a more melodic touch to Bullet's sound. With some of the best individual tracks in years and a generally cohesive album format, this is up there as one of my favourite albums of all time. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2011
    10
    Best Album ever. .
  3. Aug 1, 2014
    10
    This album is what we call "Perfection". From previous album this is a great step ahead. It sound really amazing and Bullet is the most underrated band in the world. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2011
    8
    'Fever' is an album that conjures up mixed reviews from users and critics alike. The premise is simple enough, broken relationships and revenge. All that is all an fine, but at times, 'Fever' feels cliche and over-the-top in the whole "hatred" mindset. The album is great, though, clocking in around 50 minutes and never dragging or becoming repetitive. The songs are varied, and they feel as fresh as ever. There is something I would like to point out, this album isn't as heavy as their previous release 'Scream Aim Fire.' Nor is it as heavy as their first full-length 'The Poison', but the album is right up there in terms of enjoyable listening. Like I said, the premise is simple, and it has been done before; which makes the songs seem recycled and reused. But, only in their subject matter. The tracks themselves, are fresh and feel like they fit the songs very well. This album starts off with a fast-and-furious song 'Your Betrayal', but the follow-up doesn't seem as bright. The middle of the album (tracks 4-8) is where the album picks up most of its steam, but it dissipates before the last track. All-in-all, 'Fever' is a solid album from a band that keeps hitting its stride. The issues are minute, and they won't deter any fan of the genre. Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2013
    8
    I'm not narrow minded, but my favorite two Bullet For My Valentine albums were their first. The Poison and Scream Aim Fire. However that doesn't mean to say that Fever is bad. After all, Bullet are the biggest metal band to come out of England since Iron Maiden. (Even though they're Welsh)

    Fever was a new approach to Bullet. At this point they changed a few things and how they approached the album, and all in all I thought Fever was great. Some iconic songs and some fantastic riffs, all of which are fun to play too! The only reason I didn't vote this higher is because I only really listen to this album a few times, It's not one of those I could listen to constantly as it does get a little boring. But they're all great songs, and seeing them live is just fantastic too!
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  6. Apr 15, 2011
    7
    This isnt their best album but its one of their best.Fever is my favorite song from this album and its not that great.They make good songs but they should add more guitar. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2010
    2
    An issue with this album seems to be, that nothing changes. there is no advance through the album, and the only song that stands out as their own and doesn't look like it would belong with another band is sadly Your Betrayal. Songs like Fever, while still being a well written song, seem to not lie in the realms of Bullet For My Valentine. This is a shame, because the same fate lies with Scream Aim Fire. The only album that appears to be anything over a 5 would be The Poison, but even that had its moments where you were left thinking "surely not".

    If Bullet are to carry on, and bring out a fourth album, then they need to review it themselves before deciding if it's right. If they can imagine another band, or singer, making a better job of the song, then they need to trash it and rewrite.

    Overall, Fever is a letdown to many, and it's just another BFMV album.
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