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Hand of Blood is the second EP by Welsh band Bullet for My Valentine, released on August 22, 2005 through Trustkill Records. The EP is almost the same as the previous, but with completely different artwork and slightly altered track listing ("4 Words (To Choke Upon)" was track 6 on the Japan version of the self-titled EP). Hand of Blood included the single "4 Words (To Choke Upon)", accompanied by a music video, along with "Hand of Blood". The songs "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" and "Cries in Vain" were later included on the band's full-length debut, The Poison. The title track also appears on some copies of the same album, replacing "Spit You Out".

Hand of Blood (EP)
Bullet for my Valentine - Hand Of Blood.jpg
EP by
ReleasedAugust 22, 2005
RecordedThe Chapel, Backstage Studios, Notting Pill Studios
GenreMetalcore
Length21:59
LabelTrustkill
ProducerColin Richardson
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
Bullet for My Valentine (EP)
(2004)
Hand of Blood (EP)
(2005)
The Poison
(2005)
Singles from Hand of Blood
  1. "Hand of Blood"
    Released: November 15, 2004

AllMusic asserted that the EP is "essentially a deluxe version" of the band's self-titled 2004 EP.[1]

Contents

Appearances in other mediaEdit

The song, "Hand of Blood" is featured in the video game, Burnout Revenge in the in-game soundtrack, it is as well featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted. "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" is featured in the soundtrack for NHL 06 and Madden NFL 06, all by EA Games.

Critical receptionEdit

Daniel Lukes of Decibel Magazine believed that, although the music itself wasn't bad for what it was, it was, in his opinion, not original enough. He compared the EP to Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu, stating that he thought they wanted to steal their fanbases. He went on to sum up his entire review by stating, "The worst part is that the music itself isn’t all that bad, for the genre." He went on to comment that the band should be "embarrassed" about the release.[2] Zeromag's Josh Joyce complimented the band on "how technical they can get without confusing the kids".[3]

"Damrod" of Sputnikmusic gave the EP a solid 4/5 stars, stating that "the songs are played well and show a lot of potential for the future". He continues to say that the guitar work shows obvious influences such as Iron Maiden and Metallica, without sounding "like a rip-off of these bands". Damrod wrote that the singing style was a successful blend of screams and clean vocals, citing "Hand of Blood" and the chorus of "Just Another Star" as great examples.[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bullet for My Valentine.

No.TitleLength
1."4 Words (To Choke Upon)"3:44
2."Hand of Blood"3:36
3."Cries in Vain"3:59
4."Curses"3:59
5."No Control"3:34
6."Just Another Star"2:54
Total length:21:59

PersonnelEdit

Bullet for My Valentine

Production

ReferencesEdit