It’s always a tough situation when you lose a long time member of a band. In the beginning of recording Venon, Bullet For My Valentine parted ways with their long time bassist, Jason James. I’m not exactly sure how that fit into the scheme of the band’s first single from their upcoming record, “No Way Out”, but if anything, it’s a rekindling of what drew fans to albums like 2005’s The Poison and 2008’s Scream Aim Fire. Change is good, but getting back to what you do great in the first place is a even better.
With a Bullet For My Valentine song, you know that you are going to get prime fret work from both guitarists Matthew Tuck and Michael Paget. The band’s 2013 album, Temper Temper went more in a heavy metal direction that may have been met with mixed reactions, even though it increased the band’s musical repertoire. The albums should by no means be looked at as a defeat. “No Way Out” sees a return to their more metal core roots. The track starts aggressively with unclean vocals from Paget and are balanced by Tuck. The lyrics are for face value purposes; it’s a person who is at war with themselves: “So why the fuck are these thoughts in my head/Reach in and pull them out “.
Like “Tears Don’t Fall” and “Waking The Demon” before it, BFMV has always had a niche for making an song that you can mosh and sing too. Within the bridge, there is a dual guitar solo and even a loop back to the breakdown in the previous verses. I do want to see elements of Temper Temper in the upcoming album, Venom. With that being said, this song was a good ride down the nostalgia road.
Metalcore | Columbia