Verdict: 1.5 / 5
Temper Temper is the band’s fourth album and things seem to have taken a nose dive. Bullet for my Valentine has reached the top of the international metal scene and is one of the most popular young metal bands around. Despite the prestige they enjoy their latest album casts serious doubt on their standing as metal kings.
‘Temper Temper’ is riddled with poor, unimaginative lyrics. Here’s a sample from the title track, “I feel the tension rising, I feel my heart pound in my chest, not seeing straight, just seeing red, can’t hold back, here comes my temper, temper”. If you combine lyrics of this quality with generic riffs and chord progressions you have an album that leaves much to be desired. Each song features the same formula, hyper verse sections that plod into over the top choruses. Metal is over the top but it should employ solid riffage and great vocal hooks. This album has neither of these. A few solos are pretty good but a good solo does not make a good album or song. The mix of screaming and melodic vocal passages fall flat completely neither being strong enough on their own least of all together.
‘Temper Temper’ is a very poor album by a popular metal band, never in the past would a big metal band sink this low in their catalogue, not even St. Anger caused such a blight on metal.