In a new interview with “The Ex-Man” podcast hosted by Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES), BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget revealed that the band will enter the studio before the end of the year to begin recording the follow-up to 2018’s “Gravity” album. He said (hear audio below): “We’re, I’d say, 85 percent [done] writing. We did a bunch last year. Obviously, we did fuck all this year. Matt‘s [Tuck, vocals/guitar] been down the last few weeks, down at my place, up in the garage, in the studio, so we’ve been demoing. I think we’ve got about five or six in the last few weeks as well — four or five, maybe — to add to the list. There’s about 20 songs, but we’re weeding out the [best] ones [for the album].”
As for the musical direction of the new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE material, Paget said: “It’s heavy as fuck — it’s, like, the heaviest BULLET stuff you’ve ever heard, which is cool. Everyone’s vibing. [Matt is] cool. I’m cool. The [rest of the] boys are cool. It’s just we need to get out of this [pandemic] situation we’re in so that music carries on and we can put on shows again. Same as everybody else that’s in the same situation.”
Asked if he is the type of person that appreciates being able to spend a few months at home amid the coronavirus pandemic or if he is dying to get back on the road, Paget said: “Not the road, but I need to work — I need to do something. [After spending] three or four days at home, I’m, like, ‘What the fuck’s going on? I need to do something.’ So thank God I’ve got a studio that I can record and just mess around in. It’s saved me through the lockdown — it really has — ’cause it’s just across the driveway in the garage. So it’s nice. I’ve got my own space. I can make it as loud as I want, as quiet as I want. I can spend time up there. I can think about things — get creative.”
He continued: “Some people have gone through absolute hell through this pandemic, being stuck up on high-rise tower blocks with all of the privacy but nothing else. And some people have got really big houses with swimming pools and shit, so nothing changes. [Laughs]”
This past May, Tuck told Rock Sound that the new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE songs were turning out “pretty brutal.” He added: “It couldn’t be more of a contrast with ‘Gravity’ in a ferocious style. It’s very technical. I don’t know why. You’ve just gotta go with what you wanna go with — as a band, as a musician, as a songwriter, you’ve just gotta go with what’s floating your boat, and this time around, the heavy stuff is just coming out in masses. The riffs are crushing. There’s probably 60 percent aggressive vocals, 40 [percent] clean, which is a ratio we’ve never really dabbled with before. It’s very heavy, it’s very technical. For the BULLET fans out there that kind of like that side of this band, it’s very cool and very exciting. It feels good.”
Tuck went on to say that the initial studio sessions for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s next album were being overseen by Carl Bown, who previously worked with the band on “Gravity” and 2015’s “Venom”.
Two years ago, Tuck told France’s Loud TV that BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “tried to elevate the band’s sound” on “Gravity” “to a completely different level. We experimented with layering different guitars and guitar-sound stuff, and it just didn’t have the same effect. So we took that decision to start experimenting with synths and electronic software and stuff like that,” he explained. “And, yeah, it was an interesting experience; it’s not something we’d done before, so we were kind of learning as we went. And we just had some fun with it and got weird with it and freaked ourselves out with it and then got it to a place where it is on the album now, which… It doesn’t really take over anything; it’s just kind of layers of sound backing up the riffs and the drums, really, so I think we’ve used it in a way which won’t freak people out too much. It’s definitely there, and it was something that we were very careful that we didn’t overcook. But I think we’ve got a really good balance, and it just accentuates the band’s parts even more.”
“Gravity” was released in June 2018 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.