Out of all the metalcore acts, these guys are the only ones to be greatly influenced only by the greats and nothing else. Perhaps that was the catalyst to propel the group to great heights.
Originally known as Jeff Killed John, out of The UK, Bullet For My Valentine, will be marking 20 years next year in 2018. Crazy they’ve been around that long, I can see these guys in the future being inducted into a hall of fame along with other UK greats like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Drawing from them and other big names like Slayer, they’ve released five albums thus far into their careers and also incorporate thrash, nu-metal and hard rock elements in their works aside from the obvious metalcore and classic metal influences.
Starting as Jeff Killed John, the group released a handful of EP’s and cover’s before changing their name to what they are known today, in 2003. From then on, the group was offered an exclusive record deal but turned it down to pursue a better deal. The first official EP was released in 2004 and garnered rather mixed reviews from sources claiming the EP was rather embarrassing to others stating how technical the band gets without confusing the masses. The following year, BFMV, would release their official full-length debut, The Poison, but sometimes good things comes with a price as later down the road, lead man Matthew Tuck suffered from laryngitis and the group was forced to cancel a decent number of tour dates before being cleared by Dr’s.
The group released their second, more traditional metal sounding album, Scream Aim Fire. No negative connotations were induced that year in 2008, so after touring in support of the album, the group released their third album Fever, in 2010. After this release, the group really begun to tour worldwide, including headlining the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Rock am Ring, Rock On The Range, Graspop and many more. Sticking with a similar formula from Fever, the release of Temper Temper came about in 2013. During that time, the label the group was on was shut-down which left the future in a slight peril. Fortunately all artists on the same label were transferred to a sister label. As the group’s fourth album came to be, it wasn’t long after more touring that they would release their latest and fifth album, Venom in 2015.
Lead man, Matthew Tuck, also announced that he was starting a side project known as AxeWound. In 2015, bassist Jason James, left the group with a new replacment shortly thereafter in addition to the release of the new album. Very much more aggressive and thrash oriented, Venom, became one of the group’s best selling albums. More good news came the following year in 2016 as a new album deal was inked with Spinefarm Records.
A darker version of the metal greats is how some view Bullet For My Valentine. Other big names the group draws upon also include Judas Priest, Testament, Megadeth, Led Zeppelin, Sepultura, AC/DC and more. Though the group received hate for associating with some emo elements and the emo scene during their beginning days on their first album, you can’t deny their massive influence from the aforementioned names. Sometimes you have to look past the past and really look at the big picture at the end to really see the true intent. There is no doubt they are young pioneers of the scene currently and undoubtedly will be part of some metal hall of fame in the future. Stay Metal \m/
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