Music Theory #11 – Bullet For My Valentine

It’s yet another week in our inexorable march through time, so why not sit down and listen to another music recommendation?

Artist: Bullet For My Valentine

Latest Album: Gravity (2018)

Genre: Heavy metal/Post-hardcore

Favorite Track: Your Betrayal (see above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Scream Aim Fire, Fever, Pleasure and Pain, Temper Temper, Dirty Little Secret, Army of Noise, Skin, Gravity

Why I Enjoy Them: I was introduced to Bullet For My Valentine by Guitar Hero: World Tour, where I got to shred Scream Aim Fire on a plastic guitar. And while I really liked the vocals and awesome guitar riffs of that particular song, it wasn’t until their next album Fever that I really got into band. Fever, Temper Temper, and Venom are a trilogy of albums that I can play from start to finish whenever I’m in the mood to thrash, headbang, and play some wicked air guitar. They’re one of my top metal/rock bands and while their latest album Gravity was a slight genre shift and not as great (in my opinion) it has a few alright songs and I still consider Bullet For My Valentine a favorite band of mine.

Music Theory #3: Turmion Kätilöt

So this is a slight departure from the schedule I had planned. We’ve been recording podcasts on Tuesday nights and it so happened that after the recording session I was a little too exhausted to put what I considered a worthwhile amount of effort into a full writing article. So for this week (and future weeks until our podcast scheduling changes) I’m moving the Music Theory posts to Wednesdays since they require less work overall.

This week’s band is one I’ve listened to for a long time and is a departure into a different genre than previous weeks!

Band: Turmion Kätilöt

Latest Album: Universal Satan

Genre: Industrial metal

Favorite Track: Grand Ball (See above)

Other Recommended Tracks: Verta ja Lihaa, Tirehtööri, U.S.C.H!, Sinä saatana, Dance Panique, Sikiö

Why I Enjoy Them: I first learned about Turmion Kätilöt from the very old flash video “Bunnykill“* – a take on the popular Madness Combat Flash video style from back in the early-to-mid 2000s. The video used Verta ja Lihaa as its backing track and I really enjoyed the hard metal beat and how well it paired with the action of the video. Over time I continued to follow the band and every album they released always had a few songs that really got me pumped up and excited. I consider them one of my favorite “action scene imagination” bands – a lot of their songs sync up well in my mind with hardcore action, and I have planned many story beats and action sequences in my head to Turmion Kätilöt’s music. Despite them being a Finnish band, I have always considered them one of my low-key guilty pleasure bands, especially since they have helped me with my creative processes numerous times.

*While the first Bunnykill does not hold up as much, the last sequence of Bunnykill 5 is something I still watch from time to time because of how ridiculously awesome it is.