Bullet For My Valentine Biography
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“Where the fuck have all the riffs gone?”
That's what Matt Tuck wants to know. He and his fellow Bridgend band-mates have been listening to the radio, going to shows, and – for the last 7 years – answering that often-asked question with their own metal-clad minstrelsy known as 'Bullet for My Valentine' – one of the most intense acts to come out of Wales since mega-groups Funeral for a Friend and Lostprophets put that outer-rim of the musical galaxy on the map. But make no mistake: geography is where their similarities end. Chalk it up to teenage years spent worshipping the likes of Metallica, Testament, and the almighty Iron Maiden.
“We were all kind of bewildered by how huge those bands got,” continues Tuck. “It wasn't jealousy, but we didn't see a reason why that couldn't be us.”
In fact, there is no reason, because this fearsome foursome's supercharged riffage and soaring vocalsharken back to a time in the UK when how good you were had to do with how well you played – something they're convinced is lost on too many of today's flash-in-the-pan upstarts.
“We're proud to say that there isn't a single indie band in South Wales ,” says guitarist
Michael 'Padge 'Padget. “I don't see how a band can stand there for 40minutes and just sing bollocks. What's the point? It's about putting on a show!”
And that attitude's already won Bullet' a coveted support-slot with American metal-beasts Chimaira on their recent stint in the UK, a tour gave them an unforgettable taste of life on the road, not to mention a bit of intimate time with each-other.
“There was the four of us stuffed in the back of arider,” laughs Tuck. “We didn't mind though, we're completely committed to this, even if that did mean knowing each other a little better than we should.”
But what really mattered was getting known on the road, and it wasn't long before they got the call they'd been waiting for: an opening slot at the 2004 Download Festival. But where many bands would see their invitation to the legendary home of metal as a crowning achievement, these Welshmen saw it just the beginning. Not to say they didn't “appreciate” a chance to obliterate the Barfly stage, but they've set their sights higher.
“We drove up there at dawn with music cranked right up to 11,” beams bass-man Jason James. “There we were at 10 in the morning, standing on the main-stage with beers in our hands. It was like, 'well, this is it boys. This is where we're meant to be.”
If that sounds arrogant to you, think again. This foursome have already experienced the kind of setbacks that would have left a lesser-band in ruins. Bullet for my Valentine were formed from the ashes of Jeff Killed John, a band that – name aside – had everything going for it; great friends, good songs, and enough experience playing 'shitty gig after shitty gig with everyone telling us to fuck off' to last them a lifetime. That is, until one day two years ago their bassist decided to quit. His timing couldn't have been worse.
“We were due to go in the studio on Saturday, and he quit on the Friday,” sighs Tuck. “Everything went completely tits up, and it was a really big kick in the balls but it made us stronger.”
Strong enough to recruit a new bass player, and strong enough to take a critical look at themselves and see what had gone wrong. The result was a new sound based on what they wanted to play rather than what the then nu-metal-loving media wanted to hear, a new name to fit Matt Tuck's darkly romantic lyrics, and a new lease on a career they're determined to pursue 'til the end of their days.
“Everyone's been dumped, sure they have,” says Tuck. ” Not everyone's been dumped by a psycho. Some of our music's actually quite uplifting, but a lot of it isn't. This IS supposed to be fun, right?”
Certainly fun enough to write songs like 'Hand of Blood', a chugging, fist-throwing, chorus-laden anthem that's already received a stunning visual treatment. Lacking the funds to put on the kind of big-budget Hollywood production they'd envisioned, the band unanimously opted for the next-best thing. That is, getting 150 people to crowd into a garage and have fake-blood rained down on them in a disco-bloodbath inspired by a scene from the Wesley Snipes Vampire flick 'Blade'. Indeed, Slayer would be proud. But like the classic-metal masterpieces that inspire them, Bullet for my Valentine don't believe in re-inventing the wheel. They've discovered the power of the riff, and they've got the balls and the bravado to see that no one soon forgets it.
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BFMV | Reviewer: Alanna | 1/8/13
I've listened to Bullet For My Valentine sense I had to right to find my own type of music. I love it so much and I will always be a fan. One thing that has bothered me on this page though, is that some people...aka most people, can't use proper words or grammar...off topic, I know, but its bothering. o.o Anyway, Love you BFMV C:
BFMV FOREVER!!! | Reviewer: shweta | 4/15/12
Hey guys!!!!!!! I want u all to know that your music is awesome!!
After the very first song I heard-bitter sweet memories, I've been in love with you guys..my fav songs are, bitter sweet memories, tears don't fall, say goodnight and heart bursts into fire...I would love to see you guys play in India someday...And Matthew, I think you are too cute!!Love ya all lots...Keep doin what you are doin.. :)
bfmv rocks | Reviewer: josh | 2/23/12
i am easily a really big fan i love all of your songs they're amazing my most favourite at the moment would be road to nowhere. i was wondering if ur going to more songs like road to nowhere just dont go any softer than that lol forever a fan of u guys and matt dont u dare leave i will eat you!!!!
BFMV!!!! My Fucking perfect band ever..... | Reviewer: Suraj | 2/15/12
Az i've not listned much of your creations,but u made me feel like i'm out of this world while listening ur sngs..... The heart pierching music of your guitars and drums make me feel like i'm addicted...
Matt ur voice have got a unique power. It provides fuel for my life.. The song 'waking of demon','tears don't fall','hand of blood' gave me new courage...u guys are undefeatable... If there's a band which i really want to get a glance is BFMV.... U guys are rockstars. My salute for u ....
<3<3<3 | Reviewer: Munz | 9/19/11
MAn, i luv u guyz sooooooooooooooo mch..... ur songz discribe most o d situatns i v been thru... n wen d volum on d head fones is cranked up wit ur muzik... der cannot b a betr feeling in tis world... ur songz r lyk a drug 2 me.... hope 2 meet ya guyz smday....!!!
V want mor o u..
ROCK ON!!!! <3
\m/ | Reviewer: Pranil | 6/27/11
Bullet z my fav band...wat metallica means to them they mean to me...as they tour out wid metallica..i'll b touring out wid them my band along...\m/...U gUyZ rOcK...hope u keep the music chain alive...\m/
Thankyou :) | Reviewer: Shay | 2/1/11
i'm a 19 year old chick who is truley inspired by you :)
your music... the vocals.. and lyrics..
they are honestly.. my fav thing :)
this sounds so ridcules.. but i had a dream the other night about meeting you guys :)
it was incredible and was honestly the best dream. MattTuck.. your vocals! your BRILLIANT :) and who ever writes your Lyrics.. they have MUCH meaning to me.. they make me cry.. smile... my heart beats.. i really want to meet you guyz! and not because im honestly obsessed with you's but because i want to hear what you think of your selfs and the music.. whats it like to be famous? ... and secrently.. i just wanna cuddle u matt LOL :) you guys r amazing! and will ALWAYS be my fav band EVER!.. first song i ever heard was tears dont fall.. but my fav is turn to despair.. then my fist your mouth her scars :) .. your 2nd album ( tbh i didnt really get into at first ) but now.. im insanly inlove with it :) and your 3rd album * MOANS* its great :).. your the first band iv actually seen live.. and that was in 2010 here in syd.. and how spasticated that sounds.. im so pumped it was u.. which was my first :) cant wait until soundwave babes :) IM HOPING... and even thou i dont pray! i will?! because i want to meet you guyz! :( ... thats the one thing i MUST do before i die!
Thankyou for inspiring me in guitar.. lyrics.. and music :)
i love u guys | Reviewer: Samy'ra | 12/11/10
um, i just want to say u guy inspire me and that i love the fact that u guys had became famous because if u weren't who u are now then i dont kno what i would do with myselfs. i also want to say than u because ur songs helped me through realtionship problems. i just love u guys and wish u guys for the best and keep doing what u do best
wow | Reviewer: mikeal | 11/3/10
wow bullet for my valentine music will never die that's why i love this band and hope i see them one day will before i die, i heard that they r really cool guys and fun to hang with... did they come to Vegas yet i really want to know
Great! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/25/10
Just went to the show at H.O.B. Orlando 9-23-10. Great show and Energy. First song they played on the radio was All these things I hate, which i wasnt a big fan of cuz i thought it sounded like the other garbage no talent bands that are only in it for money and pussy. Then i listened to hand of blood and i was hooked,the actual talent and timing of everything is great. a lot of rock bands just try to play the fastest without caring about talent. I listen to Rock and Metal for the Heart, Soul, and Talent. You guys have it all thanks for the good music, and not being like the other chumps.
riffs v tiffs | Reviewer: mari | 8/25/10
guys don't be so fast to claim you are influneced by other bands, you guys have a phenomenal talent and believe me sound like no other, yeah there are similarities to metalica, ( who i grew up on) and trivium who i heard a few years ago, and everyone else from before and in between, just claim the marketstone for the new style of heavy metal ye give us, it is after all 2010, i think BFMV have earned their place in rock, metal, muzic today. rock on guys and in years to come our kids will be comparing their muzic to ye'rs.xxxxx
They are my idols!!!! | Reviewer: Brynn | 8/24/10
This is the only music that i have a deep conection to. Over 90 percent of the time i hear the songs Road To Nowhere, Say Goodnight, And A Place Where You Belong i cry. Road To Nowhere makes me think i could just give up and quit end life as i know it.
Matt Tuck you are my idol and you always will be till the day i die. Thats a promise. And i would give anything in the entire world to meet you guys. I'm soooo happy i get to see you guys in consert!!!! BFMV FOREVER AND ALWAYS!!!!!!!!
future rock legends. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/22/10
BFMV, i must say u are truly inspiring. The single most thing i love about u is that i have a deep connection with the music, i can relate to it alot. I guess u can say that its gotten me through some tough times. Its funny, cuz i cant find a song that u made that isn't decent at the least. People can say what they want, but they're just ignorant. BFMV to the end!
A review. O-o | Reviewer: Shirai | 8/1/10
BFMV Have indeed made a name for themselves, and have their own sound.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of their lyrics,
BFMV make amazingly good use of harmony guitar without too much simple use,
Drums are pretty good too, but not anything special.
Bass track... Meh. it's ok.
All in all though, they have some decent songs, some bad songs, and some differant songs - like most bands out there.
how they are so awsome! | Reviewer: -marie- | 6/1/10
well lets just say they are awsome cuz the way they sing hell yea they sign asome well im one of their #1 fan and theyr songs are just so powerful they pull you rightin and its catchy so thats why they are freking awsome and man they can play the drumer is just like wow ;and man their guitars are amazing :) well thats all;ily
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