Bullet For My Valentine latest album Don’t Need You is the British metal band’s first new recording since 2015’s acclaimed Venom album.
Though their origins can be traced back to 1998, it was The Poison, BFMV’s incendiary 2005 debut album, which truly signalled the arrival of a major new talent on the resurgent global metal scene. Drawing influence from both classic British metal (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest) and the raw, visceral energy of ‘80s Californian Thrash (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer), the album amplified the word-of-mouth buzz generated by the band’s early EPs into a deafening roar and served notice that in childhood friends Tuck, guitarist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget, bassist Jason ‘Jay’ James and drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, for the first time in a generation Britain had a metal band capable of standing toe-to-toe with the very best in the world.
Introduced by the superbly confrontational single Four Words (To Choke Upon), The Poison impacted globally with a resonance not felt since Iron Maiden’s landmark 1982 recording The Number Of The Beast. The band was handpicked to open tours for Metallica and Guns N’ Roses and headlined Kerrang!’s 25th anniversary celebrations tour, culminating in a sold-out show at London’s fabled Brixton Academy venue. Scream Aim Fire, the band’s follow-up to The Poison, charted in the Top 5 in the UK, US, Germany and Australia upon its release in January 2008, and debuted at number one on Japan’s Oricon chart. 2010’s Fever confirmed that status, debuting at Number 3 on the Billboard 200.
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