Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have set “Gravity” as the title of their sixth studio album, due on June 29.
The first single from the disc, “Over It”, received its world premiere earlier tonight (Sunday, April 1) on BBC Radio 1’s “Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter” and can now be streamed below.
The follow-up to 2015’s “Venom”, “Gravity” will mark BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s full-length recording debut with new drummer Jason Bowld (PITCHSHIFTER, AXEWOUND), who has been touring with the group for the past two years, and bassist Jamie Mathias (formerly of REVOKER), who joined the band after the last disc was completed.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck told NME that he “definitely” took the lead in the songwriting department on the band’s new album, explaining that he “had a bit more of a vision” than the other guys on what he wanted the record to be like.
The guitarist/vocalist said that he and his bandmates “tried to make [the upcoming BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE disc] a different-sounding record, we’ve tried to approach songwriting differently, and a bunch of stuff. We don’t wanna regurgitate anything we’ve done in the past,” he said. “That’s the past — we wanna look forward to the future. We tried to make things bigger by calming things down on the technical side. So we’ve still got really big, massive heavy groove songs, but instead of being super-thrashy and technical on the guitar, they are far simpler and far more digestible, but it gives you a far bigger sound.”
Noting that “every album,” for him, “has a purpose, and every album has its own moment in time,” Tuck said: “I don’t think anything we’ve ever done sounds like something we’ve done before already. And as a songwriter and a creative person, that’s what excites me and that’s what motivates me — to make things different and to challenge ourselves and to challenge myself as a songwriter and a musician and a lyricist and everything, to not do things that are boring and are stale and I’ve done before. And that is really challenging… That’s what keeps me motivated — the challenge of recreating the band’s sound and pushing myself creatively.”
Consequently, Tuck believes that BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s new album will “initially take a lot of people by surprise by the way it sounds and the instrumentation that we’ve incorporated into it this time. But I think as soon as the dust settles and people get to live with it, it’s a corker — it rocks,” he said. “We’re very happy with it.”
Asked about the lyrical themes covered on “Gravity”, Tuck said: “There’s a lot of stuff that will be very self-explanatory when people hear it. I don’t wanna say too much about it yet ’cause it is very early days, but it’s a very personal record for me. It’s got highs and it’s got very dark lows. But it’s very real, and I think people will relate to it.”
“Gravity” will be released through BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE’s new label home, Search And Destroy, the imprint launched in 2014 by Spinefarm and international artist management company Raw Power Management.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE recently completed an extensive American tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BREAKING BENJAMIN.