Bullet For My Valentine have released a music video for their new track “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)”, and as the name suggests, it’s a doozy.
BFMV aren’t the first to make a music video about social issues like abuse. Escape The Fate stood against bullying in their music video for “Ungrateful”; Beartooth did the same for domestic violence with “Beaten In Lips.” However, in terms of explicit content, “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” shows us another type of despicable family dynamic. The video, directed by Stuart Birchall, follows a troubled teen and her mother through a cycle of vicious abuse at the hands of the father/husband. The two women decide to take fate into their own hands, illustrating how violence and abuse can lead to all kinds of terrible outcomes.
If anything, this music video and others like it show us two things. First, that human beings commit terrible acts against one another and unfortunately it’s all too common. But second, and most importantly, that metal (and hardcore, and punk, etc.) are genres that understand that and seek to confront these issues head on. Bands like BFMV speak up when other artists just won’t go there, and the hope is that it will help do some good. And for what it’s worth, the song is pretty badass, too.
Bullet For My Valentine’s new album, Venom, will be out August 14.
If you or anyone you know are in need of help please use the National Domestic Violence Hotline.