Guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE spoke to U.K.'s Rock Sound magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to this year's "Temper Temper".
"We're actually going to start working on the new record before the [U.K.] arena dates [in early December]. We've got [producer] Terry Date [PANTERA, DEFTONES, SOULFLY] coming over from America, we'd like to work with him, he'd like to work with us so we're gonna have a bonding session, write a couple of songs and see how it goes."
Regarding the decision to work with Terry Date this time around, Tuck said: "We're not looking for someone to take control, we're looking for someone with an outside perspective to push where things need to be pushed. When we worked with Don [Gilmore, producer of 2010's 'Fever' and 2013's 'Temper Temper'] he was very much focused on chopping parts out and making things concentrated, now we want to work with someone who has worked with bands like PANTERA and DEFTONES where that mentality was probably not in the game at all. We want someone to go 'it's not big enough' or 'it's not metal enough' and keep us focused on our talents. We want a different mindset this time and having someone focus us that way will be good."
On the topic of the sound of the new material, Tuck said: "We've got four or five song ideas down as we've been recording on the road. I don't want people to get something in their heads from my description of what we've got but it's riff after riff after riff after riff so far. We're very much concentrating on musical ability, we're showing off basically! We pulled back a bit from it on the last couple of records, on this one if we do work with Terry Date, I think it'll be a no-holds barred display of what we're about."