A few humble writers’ opinions on the best sounds and compositions of the year.
Punks are notoriously “anti-“, especially when it comes to holidays centered around what many perceive as greedy, narcissistic capitalism. Some, on the other hand, just like to make traditional holiday hits a bit heavier. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a playlist of ten tracks to make your Xmas a bit less merry and a bit more merciless.
Perk up metalheads, Bullet For My Valentine have just introduced the upcoming release of their fifth record, Venom, with the premiere of biting new single, “No Way Out.” The track harkens back to the glorious days of The Poison—the monumental 2005 record that pushed BFMV into modern metal stardom–with complex overlays of vocal harmonies, ripping guitars, and versatile drumming the likes of which we haven’t seen from the giants in their more recent records. Of the new record and the new song, vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck says the following:
“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn’t been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded. It is one of, if not the heaviest tracks we’ve ever recorded musically and lyrically. I’ve lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it’s a hell of a ride.”
Upon first listen the truth of Tuck’s statement is immediately recognizable. Perhaps BFMV got a little too used to the spotlight for a couple years, but reaching back to those darker periods has given them a single that their very first fans will love in 2015. Will the rest of the album match up? Let us know what you think!
2. “No Way Out”
3. ”Army of Noise”
5. “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)”
8. “Harder the Heart”
10. “Hell or High Water”
The holiday with perhaps the most obvious money-making agenda, Valentine’s Day still manages to conjure up plenty of feelings. There are rumors floating around that it’s supposed to be a happy day, but the people who whispered them have been properly disposed of by now, we’re almost sure. Whether you’re single or not, it’s a day that can bring with it added, needless pressures. To help you cope with the annual annoyance, we’ve reached into the vault and created a playlist that screams, jeers, and even laughs the angst away.