Bullet For My Valentine
Having recorded half-dozen tracks, the band Jeff Killed John figured that neither their name nor their sound was working. So the Welsh (Bridgend) group became Bullet For My Valentine and switched musical styles - moving away from Nu Metal. "We're a Hard Rock band with Metal influences, and I've said that from Day One," vocalist Matt Tuck commented a few years later.
The change proved beneficial with the band signing a five album major label (Sony BMG) deal. Two EPs, a self-titled effort and "Hand Of Blood" preceded the group's '05 full-length debut, "The Poison" (released in the U.S. on Valentine's Day, '06). On the strength of "The Poison," Bullet For My Valentine secured opening tour slots only to have it interrupted when Tuck suffered laryngitis and had to have an emergency tonsillectomy. Prior to Tuck's throat ailment, "The Poison: Live At Brixton," the group's first DVD, was filmed during a London concert.
Bullet For My Valentine's sophomore album, '07's "Scream Aim Fire," yielded three singles, the title track, "Hearts Burst Into Fire" and "Waking The Demon." The album debuted at #4 on Billboard 200 which was a career high for the group. In addition, Kerrang! Magazine named them the Best British Band in both '08 and '09. The set also went Top 5 in Europe and #1 in Japan.
While the group was recording their third album, "Fever," Tuck said the set will "stand the test of time [more] than both the previous things we've done. It's a lot more classic." Produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte), the eleven track set included "Your Betrayal" and "The Last Fight."
In late-April, '10, "Fever" arrived in the U.S. Back in the U.K., Bullet For My Valentine won awards for Best Live Band and Best British Band at the 17th annual (2010) Kerrang! Awards in London.
They toured the U.S. as part of the Mayhem Festival, with Killswitch Engage and Marilyn Manson, to support "Fever."
With that completed Tuck announced the formation of a 'side project' AxeWound (with vocalist Liam Cormier, guitarist Mike Kingswood, bassist Joe Copcutt and drummer Jason Bowld).
Shifting the focus back to Bullet For My Valentine, the group unleashed their fourth studio album "Temper Temper" with the 'bloody hands' cover. Guitarist Michael Paget stated the album was in much the same vein as "Fever."
Less than two years following the release of "Temper Temper," Bullet For My Valentine announced on 02/02/15 that they had parted ways with Jason James. The bassist/vocalist joined the group in '03, replacing Nick Crandle, an original member.
The split occurred during the recording of the band's fifth album, "Venom." Tuck claimed the decision was made "for the bassist's own good." James was replaced by Jamie Mathias.
"Venom" dropped later in the year. "We truly believe it's going to be the biggest Metal record of the year," Tuck modestly stated prior to the album's release. "We've had these feelings in the past and we've always been spot on."
"Live From Kingston," a free digital EP featured four live tracks ("Your Betrayal," "Army Of Noise," "The Last Fight" and "Tears Don't Fall"). The late '15 set was recorded in the U.K. at the Kingston-Upon-Thames Hippodrome. It was a Google Play exclusive bundled with "Venom.".
2005 The Poison
2008 Scream Aim Fire
2013 Temper, Temper
Paget uses every incendiary guitar technique available - machine gun riffs, searing licks and seismic power chords. Tuck has pyrotechnics of his own.