The New Tool Album “Fear Inoculum is finally released!

Happy New Tool album Day! Fear Inoculum (RCA REcords/Volcano)is out now! This may very well have surpassed the Slipknot and Rammstein albums in terms of hype! You can read our 9 / 10 review or flip back to all our recent coverage here! Apparently there is a big tour announcement coming tomorrow from the band as well. Stay tuned to Ghost Cult for details! Go ahead and purchase and stream the album now! Continue reading

Tool Confirms “Fear Inoculum” Track Listing

Tool’s new album Fear Inoculum finally arrives on August 30 via RCAThe band has confirmed the tracklisting for both the physical and digital release. The physical edition of the album will include seven songs, while the digial edition will contain 10 cuts, including the closer “7empest”, which is almost 20 minutes long. As previously reported, the “Fear Inoculum” title track recently became the longest song to ever land in the Billboard Hot 100. The TOOL cut, which entered the chart at No. 93, has a running time of 10 minutes 21 seconds, 24 seconds longer than the previous record-holder, David Bowie’s “Blackstar”. Check out our review of the title track. Hopefully, more details will be revealed soon!  Continue reading

Bullet For My Valentine – Venom

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It’s have to believe Bullet For My Valentine are five albums into their career so far. Striking hard with The Poison (visible Noise/Trustkill) ten years ago, the band broke big at the time when neo-thrash wasn’t a dirty word and mixing metalcore with heavier music was just becoming a super-popular thing. BFMV rode that wave and now have legion of dedicated fans that have stayed the course with the band. Always a little more sure and sharp than most of their peers, the band has mainly stayed true to their thrash roots and never let a good melody stand in the way a heavy song. However, on their new album Venom (RCA), they seemed to have lost that bite that made them stand out so much before.

Following the intro track ‘V’, the album kicks off in earnest with ‘No Way Out’, a fast riffer. Right off the bat you hear front man Matt Tuck’s strong lead vocals carrying the tune. Tuck has always been a solid screamer and singer, but there seemed to be little grit left to his delivery. Next track ‘Army Of Noise’ is a step up. More in the classic BFMV vein, it has the right mix of heavy and catchy. ‘Worthless’ is another good track with more fun gang vocals. And that is also the problem. The tracks all seem to follow the problematic formula of being almost syrupy in the verses. There is little variation from the album overall, beyond the tropes of modern metal the band has already used in their better known work. To my ears this gets old after a few tracks. I’m all for bands experimenting and changing this smacks of a set-back. A few songs are flat-out bad, such as the title track. Some of the remaining cuts like ‘Pariah’ are pretty solid, especially the lead guitar work, but not what I had hoped for. This comes after I felt that 2013’s Temper Temper album was also disappointing.

One good thing about this band is they will give themselves a chance at redemption down the road. With their past writing chops to lean on and their electric live shows sure to keep them a headline name, that means they can overcome this blip in a few years with a much better album.

6.5/10

KEITH CHACHKES

Bullet For My Valentine Shoot New Video, Venom Due This August

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In a post to their Instagram account, Welsh neo-thrashers Bullet For My Valentine shared a photo from a high-production shoot for a new music video, possibly ‘No Way Out’. The bands’ new album Venom (RCA Records) is due on August 14th .

 

Audio: Bullet For My Valentine – No Way Out, New Album Venom Out August 14th

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Bullet For My Valentine is streaming the first single “No Way Out” from their fifth studio album Venom on August 14, 2015 via RCA Records. The album was produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) at Metropolis Studio in London.

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Venom track listing:
01: V
02: No Way Out
03: Army of Noise
04: Worthless
05: You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)
06: Broken
07: Venom
08: Harder the Heart
09: Skin
10: Hell or High Water
11: Pariah

Deluxe edition also includes:
12. Playing God
13. Run For Your Life
14. In Loving Memory
15. Raising Hell

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The band has announced upcoming South American tour dates as well as their North American tour with Slipknot, Lamb Of God and Motionless In White.

Jul 08: Opiniao – Alegre (BRA) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 10: Vanilla Music Hall – Curitiba (BRA) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 11: Via Marques – Sao Paulo (BRA) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 12: Circo Voador – Rio De Janeiro (BRA) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 14: Groove – Buenos Aires (ARG) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 16: Teatro Cariola – Santiago (CHL) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 18: Downtown Majestic – Bogota (COL) (w/Motionless In White)
Jul 24: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Jul 25: Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Jul 26: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Jul 28: DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Jul 29: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Jul 31: Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 01: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 02: Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 04: Zfinity Center – Mansfield, MA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 05: PNC Bank Art Center – Holmdel, NJ (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 06: First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 08: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 09: Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC
Aug 11: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 12: Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 14: Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 15: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 16: Hollywood Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 19: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 21: USANA Amphitheatre – West Valley City, UT (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 24: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 26: Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 28: MGM Resort Festival Lot – Las Vegas, NV (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 29: Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Aug 30: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Sept 02: Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Sep 04: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Sep 05: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
Sep 28: Ulster Hall – Belfast (IRE)
Sep 29: Olympia – Dublin (IRE)
Oct 01: Bournemouth – Academy (UK)
Oct 02: Reading – Hexagon (UK)
Oct 03: Guildford – G Live (UK)
Oct 05: Aylesbury – Waterside (UK)
Oct 06: Stoke – Victoria Hall (UK)
Oct 07: Lincoln – Engine Shed (UK)
Oct 09: York – Barbican (UK)
Oct 10: Aberdeen – Music Hall (UK)
Oct 11: Dunfermline – Alhambra (UK)
Oct 13: Middlesbrough – Empire (UK)
Oct 14: Carlisle – Sands (UK)
Oct 16: Leicester – Academy (UK)
Oct 17: Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion (UK)
Oct 18: Folkestone – Leas Cliff Hall (UK)
Oct 20: Swansea – Brangwyn Hall (UK)
Oct 21: Southampton – Guildhall (UK)
Oct 22: Ipswich – Regent Corn Exchange (UK)

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UK and Ireland – we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be back to headline the following shows on the ‘Venom’ tour later…

Posted by Bullet for My Valentine on Monday, May 18, 2015