Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have finished writing 11 songs for the band’s fifth album, to be released in early 2015. According to BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck, the group "should be ready to start" recording the new CD "in the next month or so." He adds: "It’s an absolute monster so far."
A brand new song from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE entitled "Raising Hell" was premiered on the November 18, 2013 edition of BBC Radio 1’s "Rock Show" with Daniel P. Carter and was released digitally on December 10, 2013.
The bandmembers, who only released their latest album, "Temper Temper", in March of last year, recorded and produced the track themselves at Metropolis Studios in between finishing touring America and before their U.K. arena tour, where they debuted the track live for the first time ever.
Said BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck: " ‘Raising Hell’ is a beast of a tune which is definitely taking the next chapter of BULLET into a more intense, thrasher style of metal. We’re super happy how it came out, especially as it was self-produced and can’t wait to get the ball rolling on the next album. [It’s] gonna be great to get back to an edgier heavy sound. Look out!!"
The official "Raising Hell" video can be seen below. The clip was directed, produced and edited by James Sharrock.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas told Billboard.com in an interview that the band’s next album will be "completely different" from "Temper Temper".
"It’s definitely more of a step towards our first two records," Thomas said. "We always like to keep changing our records and our sounds and stuff. I think you have to change, otherwise it gets boring for us and the fans get bored. Look at all the great bands through rock history; they changed on all their albums — especially METALLICA. Their albums have always changed, and they’re the biggest metal band ever. So we just want to keep changing and get to another level each time out."
Tuck told the Germany’s EMP Rock Invasion about the musical direction of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s new material: "[The new songs are] sounding very good. I don’t know how to explain it, really… It’s definitely more aggressive, edgier. It’s definitely stepping back into the heavier side of what we’ve done in the past. And I don’t mean that as in, like, a screaming way… just aggressive music, you know."
Asked about the mixed response to the "Temper Temper" album, Tuck said: "I wouldn’t change that record for anything, really. That’s the record we wanted to make, and that’s what we should be doing; we should be doing what we want, and we shouldn’t be trying to please anyone else. If the next album we write doesn’t get well received for whatever reason, then it’s, like… you can’t do things for other people. We’ve gotta do it for ourselves, and that’s the only way we can stay true as a band. I think a rule that we’ve always stuck by since Day One was we do it our way and we do it what we wanna do or we don’t do it at all. I think someone else fucking up your career is not acceptable. So if we fuck it up, at least you can sleep at night, you know what I mean? So we’re extremely happy with it, and here we are today still rocking big venues around the world. So we [must be doing] something right, you know?!"
Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he had no regrets about the band exploring its more melodic side on its last two albums. "The big thing that we’ve learned is, like, you’re not gonna please everyone all the time," he said. "As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven’t given away your integrity, you know, I don’t really care if people go, ‘Oh, it’s not metal enough, it’s not heavy enough.’ It’s like, that’s not what we are."
"Temper Temper" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12, 2013 via RCA.
"Raising Hell" video: