Possibly the best sounding kit I’ve ever played. The fact I didn’t tune it myself might have something to do with it. This is the last cover I shot up in Canada with the Drumeo crew, and it also marks the last day of the launch of ‘Maximum Meytal’ – it was an awesome experience and one of the many amazing things I was lucky enough to experience thanks to YOU! ?

Album: The Poison

Released: October 3, 2005
Labels: Visible Noise • Trustkill

Album cover – The Posion (2005)

Bullet For My Valentine, often abbreviated as BFMV or B4MV, are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; both were on bass. 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 metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer.

Bullet For My Valentine

The Posionis the band’s debut studio album. The album was released on 3 October 2005 through Visible Noise Records in the UK, and on February 14, 2006 in the United States through Trustkill Records. The album included 11 new songs and two previously heard songs, “Cries in Vain”, which was previously heard from their self-titled UK EP and from their US EP, Hand of Blood, as well as from “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” was previously included on the same US release. Different editions of the album contain the song “Hand of Blood”, previously heard from these EPs, replacing “Spit You Out”. Receiving generally positive reviews from critics, the album debuted at number 128 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Heatseekers Chart, and as of 30 January 2009, the album has sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide and 500,000 copies in the US. It’s the first album released through Trustkill Records to be officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

BFMV drummer Michael Thomas

Fun Fact

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.”

BFMV – Live at Myrtle Beach, SC 2013

Video Credits

Filmed by Drumeo in BC, Canada
Released on Nov 22, 2013

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