Bullet For My Valentine is back with a vengeance with their latest single, “You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” – off of their upcoming album, Venom. This song is the perfect anthem for the downtrodden and the underappreciated who have reached their “breaking point” (not coincidentally, a track off of their previous release, Temper Temper). Clearly, BFMV has no trouble tapping into their inner rage, but they do so in such a melodic and inspiring way that it never comes off as bitter.
“You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)” begins with acapella gang vocals and quickly transitions into a powerful musical intro that is reminiscent of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” Frontman, Matthew Tuck delivers tortured growls of anguish over intense guitars that border on thrash, before pulling back to a more subdued verse supported by the heavy bottom of the rhythm section. The pounding, driving rhythm helps the song to build to a crescendo into the chorus (which features thunderous double-bass drumming beneath Tuck’s melodic vocals).
It’s easy to imagine an arena filled with BFMV fans singing the gang vocals in unison on this anthem for the ages. This empowering song will undoubtedly connect with those who have suffered any form of abuse, as well as those who feel underappreciated or enraged by those who abuse their authority and disrespect others.
With a “taste” of Venom this good, the release date of the full album (August 14th) can’t come soon enough!