Temper Temper (Bullet for My Valentine album)

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Temper Temper
TemperTemperCover.jpg
Studio album by Bullet for My Valentine
Released 8 February 2013[1]
Recorded 2012
Genre Heavy metal
Length 44:25
Label RCA
Producer Don Gilmore
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
Fever
(2010)Fever2010
Temper Temper
(2013)
Venom
(2015)Venom2015
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
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
Playsound 5/10 stars[4]
BBC (Negative)[5]
Big Cheese 4/5 stars[6]
Drowned In Sound 6/10 stars[7]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[8]
Metal Hammer 6/10 stars
NME 6/10 stars[9]
Loudwire 4/5 stars
Source Magazine 2/5 stars[10]

Temper Temper is the fourth studio album by the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine released on 8 February 2013 in Australia, and 11 February 2013 worldwide under RCA Records, their first under the label.[11] 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.[12] This would be the last album with longtime bassist Jason James before he departed from the band in February 2015.

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.[13] On 12 November a music video for the single "Temper Temper" was released. It was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Michael Dispenza.[14] 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.[15] Bullet for My Valentine released a music video for "P.O.W." on 24 May 2013,[16] and another video for "Breaking Point" on 7 June 2013.[17]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Critical reception of the album has been mostly mixed to negative. 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]

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]

Commercial[edit]

Temper Temper peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies the first week. It stayed for 9 weeks on the chart. By 2015, it has sold in the United States over 142,000 copies.[23]

Track listing[edit]

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

Standard edition
No. Title Music Length
1. "Breaking Point" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James, Gilmore 3:42
2. "Truth Hurts" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 3:36
3. "Temper Temper" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 3:08
4. "P.O.W." Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 3:53
5. "Dirty Little Secret" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 4:55
6. "Leech" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 3:59
7. "Dead to the World" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 5:15
8. "Riot" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 2:49
9. "Saints & Sinners" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 3:29
10. "Tears Don't Fall (Part 2)" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James, Don Gilmore 5:38
11. "Livin' Life (On the Edge of a Knife)" Tuck, Paget, Thomas, James 4:01
Total length: 44:25

Personnel[edit]

(Tuck recorded most of the guitar and bass parts)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 65
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 91
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 51
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[31] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[32] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[33] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[34] 5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[35] 85
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[36] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 11
US Billboard 200[38] 13
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[39] 5
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[40] 1

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Temper Temper French Review". Playsound. 
  5. ^ "Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper Review". BBC. 
  6. ^ "Bullet For My Valentine - Temper Temper". Big Cheese. 
  7. ^ "Bullet For My Valentine - Temper Temper - Drowned In Sound". Drowned In Sound. 
  8. ^ Lawson, Dom (7 February 2013). "Bullet for My Valentine: Temper Temper – review". London: The Guardian. 
  9. ^ "Bullet For My Valentine - 'Temper Temper’". NME. "
  10. ^ "REVIEW: Bullet For My Valentine – Temper Temper". Source Magazine. 
  11. ^ Pre-Order "Temper Temper" | The Official Bullet For My Valentine Website
  12. ^ "BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: New Song 'Temper Temper' Available For Streaming". BlabberMouth. 
  13. ^ "Multi-Platinum Selling Rock Titans BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE To Release New Track "Temper Temper" Available October 30th" | The Official Bullet For My Valentine Website
  14. ^ Bullet For My Valentine 'Temper Temper' Video | | Metal Hammer
  15. ^ "Bullet For My Valentine : Temper Temper - Has it leaked?". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  16. ^ Bullet For My Valentine - P.O.W. on YouTube
  17. ^ Breaking Point music video on YouTube
  18. ^ Temper Temper Review | Bullet For My Valentine | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  19. ^ Lawson, Dom (7 February 2013). "Bullet for My Valentine: Temper Temper – review". The Guardian. London. 
  20. ^ Rauf, Raziq. "BBC - Music - Review of Bullet for My Valentine - Temper Temper". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Bullet for My Valentine, ‘Temper Temper’ – Album Review". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  22. ^ Florino, Rick (6 February 2013). "Bullet for My Valentine "Temper Temper" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars". ArtistDirect. Retrieved 26 February 2015. Temper Temper expertly fuses the quartet's signature tight, technical thrash with the biggest hooks of their career. 
  23. ^ "Upcoming Releases: Hits Daily Double". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. 
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