Temper Temper (Bullet for My Valentine album)

Temper Temper is the fourth studio album by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine. The album was released on 8 February 2013 in Australia, and 11 February 2013 worldwide under RCA Records, their first under the label.[2] The album was once again produced by Don Gilmore, who worked on the group's last album, 2010's Fever, and was mixed by noted engineer Chris Lord-Alge.[3] This would be the last album recorded with their full original lineup with longtime bassist Jason James before he departed from the band in February 2015.

Temper Temper
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Studio album by
Released8 February 2013[1]
Recorded2012
StudioKarma Sound Studios (Bang Saray, Thailand); Soundworks (Cardiff Bay, Wales); The Atrium (Cardiff, Wales); Rockfield (Monmouth, Wales)
Genre
Length44:25
Label
ProducerDon Gilmore
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
Fever
(2010)
Temper Temper
(2013)
Venom
(2015)
Singles from Temper Temper
  1. "Temper Temper"
    Released: 22 October 2012
  2. "Riot"
    Released: 17 December 2012
  3. "P.O.W."
    Released: 24 May 2013
  4. "Breaking Point"
    Released: 7 June 2013

The band debuted the album's title track live on 22 October 2012 as part of BBC Radio 1's Rock Week. Bullet for My Valentine released the track entitled "Temper Temper" on 30 October 2012 worldwide across all digital providers apart from in the UK where it was released on 25 November 2012.[4] On 12 November a music video for the single "Temper Temper" was released. It was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Michael Dispenza.[5] On 17 December 2012 the next single was released via YouTube named "Riot". On 11 January 2013 the music video for "Riot" was released. The band collaborated with Chris Jericho from Fozzy on the song "Dead to the World", in which Jericho co-wrote the lyrics. The album was leaked on 1 February 2013.[6] Bullet for My Valentine released a music video for "P.O.W." on 24 May 2013,[7] and another video for "Breaking Point" on 7 June 2013.[8]

ReceptionEdit

CriticalEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic60/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [10]
Playsound          [11]
BBC(Negative)[12]
Big Cheese     [13]
Drowned in Sound          [14]
The Guardian     [15]
Metal Hammer          
NME          [16]
Loudwire     
Source Magazine     [17]

The album received mixed to negative reviews. Ultimate Guitar stated that "even the brighter musical moments struggle to get off the ground. It's a real shame."[18] Similarly, Dom Lawson of The Guardian awarded Temper Temper two out of five stars, feeling the album "is marred by cynicism and a lack of dirt under its nails."[19] BBC's Raziq Rauf gave the album a negative review, finishing with "The Welshmen need to improve on Temper Temper come their next long-player, or they risk lasting damage to a previously untouchable reputation."[20]

Chad Childers of Loudwire gave the album a positive review, stating that "Bullet for My Valentine are clicking on all cylinders on their new album."[21] ARTISTdirect gave the album five out of five stars, saying "Temper Temper expertly fuses the quartet's signature tight, technical thrash with the biggest hooks of their career."[22]

CommercialEdit

Temper Temper peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies the first week. It stayed for nine weeks on the chart. By 2018, it had sold over 340,000 copies in the United States.[23]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Matt Tuck, except "Dead to the World" by Tuck and Chris Jericho; all music is composed by Bullet for My Valentine, except where noted.

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Breaking Point" (Music: Bullet for My Valentine, Don Gilmore)3:42
2."Truth Hurts"3:36
3."Temper Temper"3:08
4."P.O.W." ("Prisoner of War")3:53
5."Dirty Little Secret"4:55
6."Leech"3:59
7."Dead to the World"5:15
8."Riot"2:49
9."Saints & Sinners"3:29
10."Tears Don't Fall" (Part 2) (Music: Bullet for My Valentine, Gilmore)5:38
11."Livin' Life (On the Edge of a Knife)"4:01
Total length:44:25
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Not Invincible" 3:26
13."Whole Lotta Rosie" (AC/DC cover) (from the "Live Lounge" show on BBC Radio 1)Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott4:10
14."Scream Aim Fire" (from the "Live Lounge" show on BBC Radio 1) 5:03
Total length:57:04
European deluxe edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
15."Your Betrayal" (from the "Live Lounge" show on BBC Radio 1)5:05
Total length:62:01
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
15."Playing with Fire"2:50

PersonnelEdit

Bullet for My Valentine
  • Matt Tuck – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass
  • Michael Thomas – drums
  • Michael "Padge" Paget – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jason "Jay" James – bass, backing vocals (credited but does not perform)[24][25]
Production
  • Don Gilmore – producer
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound

ChartsEdit

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[27] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 65
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[29] 91
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[31] 51
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[33] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[37] 85
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[39] 11
US Billboard 200[40] 13
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 5
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[42] 1

ReferencesEdit

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