Black Metal Symphonique
2005 has been the year of Bullet For My Valentine. In the past twelve months, the Welsh four piece have exploded into worldwide prominence. Combining darkly crooned rock with earth shattering metal execution, the arena sized sound has taken over, radio, TV and live performances. Releasing their debut full-length “The Poison” in the UK, the album immediatelysimo shot to number one at rock radio. Known for their live vigor the group sold out a headlining tour through the UK, as well as high profile tours through Japan and a recent U.S. debut opening for Trustkill Records label-mates, It Dies Today.
Speaking on their recent streak of success, Matt Tuck, lithe and intense eyed vocalist and guitarist, is more matter of fact than arrogant when he says: “What separates us from most other bands is keeping our metal roots; keeping all of the aggressiveness and brutality that we've grown up on, but at the same time writing good songs.” Then his tongue slips firmly into his cheek as he adds: And when you put it all together in one good looking, young, 21st Century rock band, you can't fail!”
To give you an idea of the band's standing in their homeland, the group is currently gearing up for a headlining spot on an upcoming Kerrang Magazine sponsored tour with Hawthorne Heights supporting them! Of couse all of this momentum is not gathered without hard work and working so hard comes with a price. 24 hours before turning in a foundation rattling gig at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, Tuck had been hospitalized for exhaustion.
“We'd just been doing too much”, says Matt. “My body just said 'No more' and packed in.” But the same protestant work ethic has taken its toll on the rest of the band as well. During a hectic and insanely well received tour of Japan, affable drummer, Michael 'Moose' Thomas contracted a potentially fatal strain of flu! “It was horrible”, says Moose “I was on a drip for a fortnight. I reckon I picked it up in those caves.”
“Those caves” were the Postojna Caves in Slovenia where they filmed the epic video to their last top 40 single “Suffocating Under The Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do).” “It was the most heavy metal place you can imagine, underground with all these stalactites. But I thought they were going to snap off and spear me while I was playing”, adds the drummer. “It had Enter Traveller In To This Immensity carved in big letters in Latin over the entrance, it was mad”, adds laidback guitar man Michael 'Padge' Padget. While in the U.S. in November the band found time to film a video for the song “All These Things” from the Poison album. Look for the video on these shores in early 06.
The band composed of Tuck, Michael 'Padge' Padget (guitar), Michael 'Moose' Thomas (drums) or Jason 'Jay' James (bass) are childhood mates from the area of Bridgeend. This small area has also been home turf for such artists as LostProphets and Funeral For A Friend. Growing up on a steady diet of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Machine Head and rock like Guns N Roses the friends without James started a group in their pre-teen years called Jeff Killed John. That band struggled through simo musical growth and the hiccups that go along with starting a musical career for close to seven years. In that time the band played shitty gigs, pay for play affairs with little or no local support and sleeping in vans and floors. A little over two years ago, that group was about to enter the recording studio, when their bassist walked out on them. Rather than contuining on, the members recruited James and started a new band as Bullet For My Valentine, re-working their sound and musical ideas into a new beast. This group was signed at their second gig and quickly steam-rolled through the musical landscape.
Recently scoring covers for Metal Hammer and Kerrang in their homeland and upcoming profiles in Revolver, Penthouse Magazine and beyond. The band recently released their self-titled EP in the U.S. on Trustkill Records (it has sold over 20,000 copies so far!). The video for “Hand Of Blood” has just been added to MTV2. The band are prepping the U.S. release of The Poison for Valentine's Day 2006. Let the massacre begin.
S!MØ aL HaDr!!