I was holding on to these shoes for dear life… till the hole in them won.
Album: The Poison
Released: October 3, 2005
Labels: Visible Noise • Trustkill
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.
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)
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.”
Filmed in my studio in Los Angeles
Released on May 16, 2010