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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 25-11

Our poll of the 100 best albums of the 21st century continues. The rules - only one album per band, no lives or compilations, no albums from 2016. Here are entries 25-11


As the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal began to pick up pace, the UK was left begging for a young metal band to rise up and be noticed. In 2004, that call was answered when a young group of lads from Bridgend, South Wales, released a self-titled EP that’d set the underground alight. As frontman Matt Tuck explains today, the momentum that would then carry Bullet into the studio to record a full-length follow-up was so fast that they could barely keep up with it.

“The whole process of making that record, and the aftermath of it, is a bit of a blur, really!” he laughs. “We ended up in a studio with Colin [Richardson, producer], and at that point we only had five songs!” Wait, five songs?! “Yeah, we had to think on our feet and write a lot of the album while we were recording it. It was a high-pressure situation, but everyone was so buzzing that we just took it with both hands and fucking ran!”

And the rest, as they say, is history. In October 2005, Bullet would release The Poison, and metal would never be the same again.

“That album just captures something magic, you know? It just connected. It was a case of right place, right time, right songs, right era. As soon as it came out, all hell broke loose, and we haven’t really stopped since!”

What we said: “Cocky, arrogant, big-headed… whatever. This is pop metal, in the best possible way, and at its most exhilarating and fantastic.”

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