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Bullet For My Valentine

Michael Paget (left) and Matthew Tuck (right) at 2006's Roskilde Festival held in Denmark.
Background information
Also known as BFMV, Bullet, Jeff Killed John, 12 Pints of My Girlfriend's Blood
Origin Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Metalcore, heavy metal, thrash metal
Years active 1998–present
Labels Columbia, Trustkill, Gun, Sony Music, Jive
Website www.bulletformyvalentine.com
Members
Matt Tuck
Michael Paget
Jason James
Michael 'Moose' Thomas
Former members
Nick Crandle

Bullet For My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matt Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. Financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by classic heavy metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene.

Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on 3 October 2005 in the United Kingdom and on 14 February 2006 in the United States to coincide with Valentine's Day. The album entered the Billboard 200 in the US at number 128. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang! XXV, and undertook a US tour with Rob Zombie. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The band's third album, Fever, will be released on 27 April 2010.

The band has sold over two million albums worldwide.

Contents

History

Jeff Killed John And Record Deal (1998–2005)

Jeff Killed John was the forerunner band to Bullet for My Valentine and was formed in 1998 by Matthew "Matt" Tuck, Michael "Padge" Paget, Nick Crandle, and Michael "Moose" Thomas while studying music at Bridgend College. Playing Nirvana and Metallica cover songs, the band released a two-track EP in 2002, You/Play with Me, which was produced by Greg Haver. The EP was financed through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians and the release garnered radio airplay on BBC Radio 1's broadcast at Newport's T.J.'s.[1] Jeff Killed John's music followed the nu metal trend set by bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit.[1] Bassist Crandle left the band on the eve of entering the recording sessions for You/Play with Me and was replaced by Jason James.[1] The band then changed their name to Bullet for My Valentine and reworked their musical strategy; they decided to play thrash metal songs with "harmony guitars and big angelic choruses" according to frontman Tuck.[2]

Roadrunner Records showed interest in Bullet for My Valentine and offered the band a deal. The offer was ultimately turned down, and the band signed a five-album record deal with Sony BMG and a UK licensing deal with Visible Noise. According to Tuck, they chose Sony because, "We thought that a lot more doors would be open to us."[2] A self-titled EP was released on November 15, 2004 in the UK. Produced by Colin Richardson, it featured five tracks and marked the band's first official release.[1] A second EP, Hand of Blood, was released on August 22, 2005 through Trustkill Records and was only available in the US; the release contained one extra track than the self-titled EP, "4 Words (To Choke Upon)". Daniel Lukes of Decibel Magazine reviewed the EP by stating, "The worst part is that the music itself isn’t all that bad, for the genre." He went on to comment that the band should be "embarrassed" about the release.[3] Zeromag's Josh Joyce complimented the band on "how technical they can get without confusing the kids".[4]

The Poison (2005–2007)

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Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on October 3, 2005 in the UK and on Valentine's Day, 2006 in the US. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 128,[6] and attained number 11 on the Independent Albums chart.[7] On January 30, 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA after 500,000 copies were sold in the US.[8] Four singles were released from The Poison: "4 Words (To Choke Upon)", "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)", "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)", and "Tears Don't Fall".[9] Bullet for My Valentine promoted the album by touring across the world. In 2005, with increased popularity, they played on the larger Download Festival Snickers stage;[10] in 2006, the band were moved to near the top of the main stage bill.[11] Other tours included opening for Metallica and Guns N' Roses in the summer of 2006,[12] the Vans Warped Tour, Kerrang! tour, and Earthday Birthday.

Bullet for My Valentine at 2007's Earthday Birthday (depicted from left to right: Paget, James, and Tuck).

The band's performance at the Brixton Academy in London on January 28, 2006, was filmed for their first DVD, The Poison: Live at Brixton.[13][14] During June 2007, Tuck suffered from laryngitis, which let to an emergency tonsillectomy in July.[15] Bullet for My Valentine were forced to cancel several shows, including supporting Metallica for three dates on their Sick of the Studio '07 tour on June 29 in Bilbao, July 5 in Vienna, and July 8 at the recently completed Wembley Stadium in London.[16] Unable to speak, Tuck wrote that as soon as doctors cleared him he would be in the studio working on the band's next album.[17]

Scream Aim Fire (2007–2008)

Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios and was produced by Colin Richardson.[18] Tuck commented at the time, "It's a lot more up tempo, a lot more aggressive".[19] The album was released in the US on January 29, 2008.[20] It sold 53,000 copies in its first week and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[21] Three songs were released as singles: "Scream Aim Fire", "Hearts Burst into Fire", and "Waking the Demon".

In support of the new album, the band toured North America and Australia in the spring of 2008 for the Taste of Chaos tour alongside Atreyu, Blessthefall, and Avenged Sevenfold. Bullet for My Valentine cut short the Canada portion of the tour and flew back home to support the daughter of James who was in hospital.[22] The band performed in North America again in the summer of 2008 as part of the No Fear Tour with Bleeding Through, Cancer Bats, and Black Tide.[23] In late 2008, the band toured Europe, supported by Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through, and Black Tide.[24] In December 2008, Scream Aim Fire was re-released with four bonus tracks that were recorded during the album's studio sessions, but with re-recorded vocal-lines.[25]

Fever (2009 Onward)

Matt Tuck spoke to Daniel Marez of Metal Hammer in March 2009 about the band's progress on writing and recording their third album. He stated that there were four or five songs that were finished and that "usually we write and record 14 tracks that I then have to write vocal lines for, but this time I’m trying to write the vocals as I write the music".[25] Bullet for My Valentine confirmed in August 2009 that they were aiming for an early 2010 release for the new album, while Tuck stated that the upcoming record is "a lot more mature-sounding, it's a lot more classic. It'll stand the test of time [more] than both the previous things we've done".[26] In a January 2010 interview with Rock Sound, frontman Matt Tuck said the planned release date for Fever, the 11-track album is in late April 2010. He also said the album would sound more like The Poison than Scream Aim Fire and would contain no ballads.[27]

During the summer of 2009, Bullet for My Valentine toured across the United States as part of the Mayhem Festival,[28] alongside Killswitch Engage, Slayer, and Marilyn Manson on the main stage;[29] they also appeared on the UK leg of the Sonisphere tour at Knebworth, headlining the second stage.[30] The band will be headlining the second stage at the Download Festival 2010 on the Friday night.[31] The band has also been confirmed for Nova Rock,[32] Metaltown,[33] Rock am Ring,[34] Rock on the Range,[35] The Bamboozle,[36] Bilbao Live Festival,[37] Fortarock[38] and Graspop.[39] In addition, they will be playing alongside the Big Four on the Greek leg of Sonisphere.[40]

The album will be available on April 27, 2010 and will be titled Fever.[41] A free download of a new track called "Begging For Mercy" was released on the band's website on February 14, 2010.[42] The song "Your Betrayal" was chosen as the lead single for the album and was set to release on March 9, 2010, but, unexpectedly, was released earlier on March 2, 2010 as a digital single on iTunes Store. The second single is called "The Last Fight" and will be released on April 19. The album artwork for this studio album was released on the official website on March 5, 2010.[41]

Bullet for My Valentine have announced the start their US tour in support of Fever will begin on April 30 with the bands Airbourne and Chiodos as support.[43]

On March 12th the band released the music video for "The Last Fight".

On March 15th, 2010, the band revealed the track listing on their website as well as other various sources that include an email to all of their subscribers on the mailing list.[44]

Style And Influences

Bullet For My Valentine's music has been described by critics as metalcore,[41][45] heavy metal,[46][47] and thrash metal.[48][49] The band has cited being influenced by bands such as Metallica, Annihilator, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Testament, Stuck Mojo, Slayer, Judas Priest, and Megadeth.[50] These bands inspire Bullet for My Valentine's "catchy vocals, aggressive riffs and melodies" according to Thomas.[51] The band themselves consider their music as hard rock[52] with Tuck went on to state that "…we’re a hard rock band with metal influences, and I’ve said that from Day One.”[27] Kirk Miller of Decibel Magazine praised the band for the effort in synchronised song structures.[53] When asked of their views on their looks, members of the band have stated that they would not change their sound or image for a commercial approach; Tuck commented that, "Without sounding harsh, we're more interested in what our music sounds like than what our fucking hair looks like."[54]

Awards And Achievements

  • Welsh Music Award
    • Best Newcomer (2004)[55]

Band Members

Former Members

  • Nick Crandle – bass (1998–2003)

Discography

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Bullet for My Valentine
File:Bullet for my Valentine-Live-Norway Rock
Bullet for My Valentine performing at Norway Rock Festival in 2010.
Background information
Origin Bridgend, Wales
Genres Metalcore, thrash metal, heavy metal
Years active 1998–present
Labels Columbia, Trustkill, Gun, Sony Music, Jive
Website www.bulletformyvalentine.com
Members
Matthew Tuck
Michael Paget
Jason James
Michael Thomas
Former members
Nick Crandle

Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matt Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. Financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by classic heavy metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene.

Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on October 3, 2005 in the United Kingdom and on February 14, 2006 in the United States to coincide with Valentine's Day hence their band name. The album entered the Billboard 200 in the US at number 128. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang! XXV, and undertook a US tour with Rob Zombie. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on January 29, 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The band's third album, Fever, was released on April 26, 2010 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. The band has sold over two million albums worldwide and are the most-successful act of all-time in the Kerrang! Awards category of "Best British Band" with three wins.

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History

Jeff Killed John and record deal (1998—2005)

Jeff Killed John was the forerunner band to Bullet for My Valentine and was formed in 1998 by Matthew Tuck, Michael "Padge" Paget, Nick Crandle, and Michael "Moose" Thomas while studying music at Bridgend College. Playing Nirvana and Metallica cover songs, the band released a two-track EP in 2002, You/Play with Me, which was produced by Greg Haver. The EP was financed through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians and the release garnered radio airplay on BBC Radio 1's broadcast at Newport's T.J.'s.[1] Jeff Killed John's music followed the nu metal trend set by bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit.[1] Bassist Crandle left the band on the eve of entering the recording sessions for You/Play with Me and was replaced by Jason James.[1] The band then changed their name to Bullet for My Valentine and reworked their musical strategy; they decided to play thrash metal songs with "harmony guitars and big angelic choruses" according to frontman Tuck.[2]

Roadrunner Records showed interest in Bullet for My Valentine and offered the band a deal. The offer was ultimately turned down, and the band signed a five-album record deal with Sony BMG and a UK licensing deal with Visible Noise. According to Tuck, they chose Sony because, "We thought that a lot more doors would be open to us."[2] A self-titled EP was released on 15 November 2004 in the UK. Produced by Colin Richardson, it featured five tracks and marked the band's first official release.[1] A second EP, Hand of Blood, was released on 22 August 2005 through Trustkill Records and was only available in the US; the release contained one extra track than the self-titled EP, "4 Words (To Choke Upon)". Daniel Lukes of Decibel Magazine reviewed the EP by stating, "The worst part is that the music itself isn’t all that bad, for the genre." He went on to comment that the band should be "embarrassed" about the release.[3] Zeromag's Josh Joyce complimented the band on "how technical they can get without confusing the kids".[4]

The Poison (2005—2007)

Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on 3 October 2005 in the UK and on Valentine's Day, 2006 in the US. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 128,[6] and attained number 11 on the Independent Albums chart.[7] On 30 January 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA after 500,000 copies were sold in the US.[8] Four singles were released from The Poison: "4 Words (To Choke Upon)", "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)", "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)", and "Tears Don't Fall".[9] Bullet for My Valentine promoted the album by touring across the world. In 2005, with increased popularity, they played on the larger Download Festival Snickers stage;[10] in 2006, the band were moved to near the top of the main stage bill.[11] Other tours included opening for Metallica and Guns N' Roses in the summer of 2006,[12] the Vans Warped Tour, Kerrang! tour, and Earthday Birthday.

The band's performance at the Brixton Academy in London on 28 January 2006, was filmed for their first DVD, The Poison: Live at Brixton.[13][14] During June 2007, Tuck suffered from laryngitis, which let to an emergency tonsillectomy in July.[15] Bullet for My Valentine were forced to cancel several shows, including supporting Metallica for three dates on their Sick of the Studio '07 tour on 29 June in Bilbao, 5 July in Vienna, and 8 July at the recently completed Wembley Stadium in London.[16] Unable to speak, Tuck wrote that as soon as doctors cleared him he would be in the studio working on the band's next album.[17]

Scream Aim Fire (2007—2008)

Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios and was produced by Colin Richardson.[18] Tuck commented at the time, "It's a lot more up tempo, a lot more aggressive".[19] The album was released in the US on 29 January 2008.[20] It sold 53,000 copies in its first week and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.[21] Three songs were released as singles: "Scream Aim Fire", "Hearts Burst into Fire", and "Waking the Demon".

In support of the new album, the band toured North America and Australia in the spring of 2008 for the Taste of Chaos tour alongside Atreyu, Blessthefall, and Avenged Sevenfold. Bullet for My Valentine cut short the Canada portion of the tour and flew back home to support the daughter of James who was in hospital.[22] The band performed in North America again in the summer of 2008 as part of the No Fear Tour with Bleeding Through, Cancer Bats, and Black Tide.[23] In late 2008, the band toured Europe, supported by Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through, and Black Tide.[24] In December 2008, Scream Aim Fire was re-released with four bonus tracks that were recorded during the album's studio sessions, but with re-recorded vocal-lines.[25]

Fever (2009—present)

Matt Tuck spoke to Daniel Marez of Metal Hammer in March 2009 about the band's progress on writing and recording their third album. Tuck stated that there were four or five songs that were finished and that "usually we write and record 14 tracks that I then have to write vocal lines for, but this time I’m trying to write the vocals as I write the music".[25] Bullet for My Valentine confirmed in August 2009 that they were aiming for an early 2010 release for the new album, while Tuck stated that the upcoming record is "a lot more mature-sounding, it's a lot more classic. It'll stand the test of time [more] than both the previous things we've done".[26] In a January 2010 interview with Rock Sound, frontman Matt Tuck said the planned release date for Fever, the 11-track album is in late April 2010. He also said the album would sound more like The Poison than Scream Aim Fire and would contain no ballads.[27]

During the summer of 2009, Bullet for My Valentine toured across the United States as part of the Mayhem Festival,[28] alongside Killswitch Engage, Slayer, and Marilyn Manson on the main stage;[29] they also appeared on the UK leg of the Sonisphere tour at Knebworth, headlining the second stage.[30] The band will be headlining the second stage at the Download Festival 2010 on the Friday night.[31] The band has also been confirmed for Nova Rock,[32] Metaltown,[33] Rock am Ring,[34] Rock on the Range,[35] The Bamboozle,[36] Bilbao Live Festival,[37] Fortarock[38] and Graspop.[39] In addition, they will be playing alongside the Big Four on the Greek leg of Sonisphere.[40]

(right) at 2006's Roskilde Festival held in Denmark.]]

The album was released on 27 April 2010 and is titled Fever.[41] A free download of a new track called "Begging For Mercy" was released on the band's website on 14 February, 2010 as part of a Twitter promotion.[42] The song "Your Betrayal" was chosen as the lead single for the album and was set to release on 9 March 2010, but, unexpectedly, was released earlier on 2 March 2010 as a digital single on iTunes Store. The second single is called "The Last Fight" and was released on 19 April. The album artwork for this studio album was released on the official website on 5 March 2010.[41]

Bullet for My Valentine have announced the start their US tour in support of Fever will begin on 30 April with the bands Airbourne and Chiodos as support.[43] On 12 March the band released the music videos for "The Last Fight" and "Your Betrayal".[44] The band revealed the track listing on their website on March 15, as well as other various sources that include an email to all of their subscribers on the mailing list.[45]

On 26 April the band played a secret show in London to celebrate the release of Fever. This was their only UK headline show until the end of the year.[46]

Musical style and influences

Bullet for My Valentine's music has been described by critics as metalcore,[41][47] heavy metal,[48][49] and thrash metal.[50][51] The band has cited being influenced by bands such as Metallica, Annihilator, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Testament, Stuck Mojo, Slayer, Judas Priest, and Megadeth.[52] These bands inspire Bullet for My Valentine's "catchy vocals, aggressive riffs and melodies" according to Thomas.[53] The band describe their two albums, The Poison and Fever as having a "super dark" tone,[54] Tuck went on to state that "…we’re a hard rock band with metal influences, and I’ve said that from Day One.”[27] Kirk Miller of Decibel Magazine praised the band for the effort in synchronised song structures.[55] When asked of their views on their looks, members of the band have stated that they would not change their sound or image for a commercial approach; Tuck commented that, "Without sounding harsh, we're more interested in what our music sounds like than what our fucking hair looks like."[56]

Awards and achievements

  • Welsh Music Award
    • Best Newcomer (2004)[57]

Band members

Current members
  • Matthew Tuck – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1998–present)
  • Michael Paget – lead guitar, backing vocals (1998–present)
  • Michael Thomas – drums, percussion (1998–present)
  • Jason James – bass guitar, vocals (2003–present)
Former members
  • Nick Crandle – bass (1998–2003)

Discography

Studio albums

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Simple English

Bullet For My Valentine
Origin Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Metalcore
Years active 1998-present
Labels Sony BMG

Bullet for my Valentine often known as BFMV are a metalcore band from Wales. They have released six albums on the major record label Sony BMG. These albums are entitled The Poison, Scream Aim Fire and Fever, released in 2006, 2008 and 2014 respectively. they also have a self titled EP and DVD's of performances live from the O3 Brixton School.








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