Temper Temper - Bullet For My Valentine
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  • Summary: Don Gilmore returns to produce the fourth studio release from the Welsh metal band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    There's a familiarity to much of the material which, while not quite formulaic, does sometimes hint at self-reference, brazenly so on Tears Don't Fall (Part 2). [Mar 2013, p.97]
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    While it isn't Bullet's best album, it's certainly their most mature and interesting effort to date. [2 Feb 2013, p.52]
  3. Feb 8, 2013
    Ultimately it is telling that the best song present here is a re-imagining of a previous smash. But leveling criticisms of unoriginality or lack of innovation and evolution at bands like BMFV is almost redundant. They're judged on the size of their hooks and in that department Temper Temper largely delivers.
  4. 60
    Clinical and precise rather than mind-blowing, Temper Temper will keep BFMV as a band with one foot in metal and the other in the mainstream, which is exactly where they want to be.
  5. Mar 11, 2013
    Temper Temper, their fourth, adds an aggressive edge to their sound. [Apr 2013, p.96]
  6. 50
    Temper Temper probably sounds great played in an arena. But on the stereo, it just isn't enough. [Mar 2013, p.90]
  7. Feb 8, 2013
    Temper Temper is marred by cynicism and a lack of dirt under its nails.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 18, 2013
    Breaking Point: 7.5/10 Truth Hurts: 8/10 Temper Temper 5/10 P.O.W: 9.5/10 Dirty Little Secret 6.5/10 Leech 7/10 Dead To The World 7/10
    Riot 6/10
    Saints n Sinners 9.5/10
    TDF part. 2: 8.5
    Livin Life: 9/10
    Not Invincible: 9/10
    Playing with Fire 8.5/10
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    It's not that this album is terrible, but the change of sound is drastic, and a lot of old fans won't enjoy.
    My own personal thoughts, are
    the album is brought down by the change of guitar style. The screaming of course is good, and it's a little unfortunate that this album lacked it, but instrumentally is where it hit me the hardest.
    I loved Bullet for my Valentine for their very specific guitar style. But they left that behind completely. Specifically, the harmonized 3rds during every riff.
    Asides from that, it did manage to come with "Dead to the World", which is an amazing ballad, bringing back the same feeling of "Say Goodnight"'s release.
    All in all, I was a little disappointed, but still a fan regardless. Bands change, and they change as people. So it's nice to hear them take control of what they want to make for music.
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    Yes, this is their worst album to date. But that doesn't mean its terrible. All the criticisms of it are fair, but they don't competley ruin the album. Yes, the lyrics sound like they were written by an angry thirteen year old. Yes, it sounds unpolished and uninspired. But tracks like Not Invincible and P.O.W. have some of that polish and grit the rest of the album lacks. Playing With Fire isn't half bad either. You just need to be able to look past all the problems and see the potential this album does actually have. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2013
    Anyone would tell you that BFMV's latest album doesn't live up to the heights of 'The Poison' & 'Scream Aim Fire' but that's not to say it's a terrible album. 'Breaking Point' is an excellent opener to the album with an extremely catchy chorus, I struggle to understand if this song doesn't make it as one of their single's from the album. But there's no doubt that the song leads you into a false sense of Metal Galore. 'Truth Hurts' isn't bad but like most songs on the album lacks real creativity that the band has demonstrated over the years. As you go further into the album you reach Mediocrity at it's very best. How 'Riot' is a single I will never know, I wouldn't be surprised to hear they wrote the song in 5 mintues. A chorus that lacks serious conviction with some very simple 'Whoa's' in it. In all honesty the title track (Temper Temper) isn't much better either. Yes the riff is certainly impressive but does the rest of the song including Matt's vocals give the song a 5 Star Rating, think again. For fans wanting to actually get a 'feel to this album' I strongly suggest 'Dead to the World', reminiscent's of 80's Metallica/Megadeth this track will surely get the Download crowd of 2013 off their feet. Looking through other reviews I have seen that 'Tears Don't Fall Pt 2' hasn't exactly received the greatest of compliments. In all honesty I think it's a good song & along with 'Dead to the World' is the highlight of this album. The rest of the songs are simply not worth mentioning, commercialised rubbish is all I can say. A consistent feature of each album Bullet has released is Padge's great solo's. For most songs on the album, you will contemplate going asleep until you hear the energetic solo's that come in to these radio-friendly songs. Not to say changing the Band's sound is always a bad thing but when pure & utter lazyness & unimaginative creativity comes to mind, this album is certainly not worth buying, unless of course you are a Die-Hard BFMV fan. Rumours have went around that this is the band's last album, if this is the case then there's no doubt they have finished on a very poor level. This is not the Bullet most people know, I suggest if you want to listen to this album, go on Youtube or Spotify. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    The fourth album by the Welsh metal quartet was born out of inter band troubles and alcohol and personal problems. It is a strange album with both positive and negative points. Opener "Breaking Point" is classic BFMV with a catchy riff and aggressive lyrics. It is the title track where the album first falls down. A 3 minute song that sounds more nu-metal than BFMV and has a pretty dreary chorus. However "P.O.W" and "Dirty Little Secret" picks things up a bit only to fall down again on "Leech". Although said song has a catchy guitar riff, it has pretty juvenile lyrics (like many songs on the album). A contribuition from Fozzy singer Chris Jericho helps to improve things on "Dead To The World" but this is followed by possibly the worst song Bullet For My Valentine have ever recorded, "Riot". WIth cheesy lyrics, a dreary riff and an out- of-place guitar solo. This song is followed by the easily forgettable "Saints & Sinners" once again ruined by the poor lyrics. However, the album is finished by the solid (yet unnecessary) "Tears Don't Fall (Part 2)" and "Not Invincible" to conclude the mediocre record. It's not quite the return we had wanted but it makes for some interesting listening. Expand
  6. Aug 26, 2013
    Bullet For My Valentine is finally back and not even great but still disappointed album of a year. The songs were just messed up. Riot still a great song, Tears Don't Fall 2 is a complete overrated song of this album. Temper Temper is a pretty mediocre album as I suggested it needs to make it better album. Unfortunately, Fever is an awesome album, Scream Aim Fire is God Like album and The Poison still rocks harder. BFMV's new album is just a flop and huge disappointment for a fans. Expand
  7. Feb 12, 2013
    Bad!! Temper Temper has got to be easily one of the worst albums I've heard in the last three years. There's quite a lot I could say but I'll just sum it up as best as I can. The writing, the writing is horrid. Sounds like a angry thirteen year old who hates his parents because they wont give him the newest iPhone wrote it. Most of the songs are about being pissed off without much of any other variety. The music itself is bland and very boring, not bad just boring. There's nothing new or intuitive to make you want to listen. I ended up listening all the way through simply because I have enjoyed all three previous releases very much and wanted to give it a chance. To put it all simply, the album is way to predictable musically and lyrically. It's very boring and hard to recommend with much enthusiasm. Expand

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