The album opens with the rather bland "Broken Bones," which sounds exactly like the same generic "hard rock" you can hear in bars across the country on any given weekend. For the next 42 minutes, things don't get much better.
Although the album has been out for a couple of weeks now, a copy of FEVER just arrived on my desk this past week. I have to be honest and admit that I'd not been very familiar with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE in the past. Aside from hearing a few tracks here and there, I'd never picked up a BFMV album. In fact, the thing I remember most about the band is their "war of words" with ROB ZOMBIE back in 2006. Ultimately, there was no real reason why I'd not delved into their back catalog, but based on what I've been spinning in constant rotation the past few days, that will change.
Being a notorious fan of the horror genre, CONCERTO FOR THE UNDEAD by Italian metallers STIGMA intrigued me right away. You see, this entire album has a theme... it revolves around TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Although it opens with a likely-unlicensed sample of John Kassir doing his Crypt Keeper laugh from the HBO Series, "Chop His Head Off!" is a hardcore opening for an album not based on the series, but inspired by the EC COMICS series from the 1950's.
Gather 'round the fire true believers, because right now you're about to hear a tale of a legendary beast from the land of Maryland. Yes indeed, that beast is CLUTCH, and they've returned once more to carry a torch and raise a flag for the legions of ears that can only have their sonic thirst quenched by the sounds of genuine pure rock fury...