released Apr 27th, 2010
from the album - Your Betrayal
bio from all music
Since their inception in 2003, the Welsh quartet Bullet for My Valentine have been taking cues from '80s metal bands and the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, dark rock with, well, metal tendencies. Coming from Bridgend, South Wales — breeding ground for the likeminded Funeral for a Friend and LostProphets — the group consists of childhood friends Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar), Michael Padget (guitar/vocals), Jason James (bass/vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). Everyone in the group, except James, had been performing together for a few years in Jeff Killed John, when the day before entering the recording studio, their bassist abruptly walked out.
Regrouping under the new name Bullet for My Valentine with James on board, the guys reworked their sound and were signed at their second gig by London's Visible Noise. They released a self-titled EP in the U.K. in November 2004, and their debut full-length, The Poison, appeared that next fall. May 2005 saw the band sign to the U.S.-based Trustkill, re-releasing its EP, titled Hand of Blood, in August. That same year they won Kerrang!'s Best British Newcomer Award and headlined the magazine's XXV tour. With February 2006 came the U.S. release of The Poison, followed by a nationwide tour in support of Rob Zombie before Bullet for My Valentine headed back to the U.K. in June for their third stint at the Download Festival. The band released its second album, Scream Aim Fire, in 2008. After touring, the band went into the studio with Linkin Park producer Don Gilmore and began work on a new album. In 2010 they released their third record, Fever, on Jive.
album review from all music
Welsh thrash/metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine sold a lot of records out of the gate with their 2006 album The Poison, blending old-school metal riffing and emo lyrical content in a manner similar to Stateside peers like Atreyu. On their second album, 2008's Scream Aim Fire, they evolved into a much more aggressive and assured metal act, going a little easier on the overwrought diary-entry lyrics in favor of Trivium-style anthems like "Eye of the Storm" and "Waking the Demon." On their third disc, they consolidate their style and split the difference between their two previous discs, offering ultra-clean singing and overwrought lost-love lyrics atop a bed of gated and triggered drums, staccato guitar riffing, and arena-friendly soloing. Having apparently overcome the throat problems that plagued him around the time of Scream Aim Fire, Matt Tuck's vocals are powerful and committed, whether on heavy tracks like "Your Betrayal" or ballads like "Bittersweet Memories." This isn't a pathbreaking album by a band with any chance at reshaping their genre in their image; it's a solid disc by a group that knows its own strengths.
1 Your Betrayal Bullet for My Valentine ... 4:51
2 Fever Bullet for My Valentine ... 3:57
3 The Last Fight Bullet for My Valentine ... 4:19
4 A Place Where You Belong Bullet for My Valentine ... 5:06
5 Pleasure and Pain Bullet for My Valentine ... 3:53
6 Alone Bullet for My Valentine ... 5:56
7 Breaking Out, Breaking Down Bullet for My Valentine ... 4:04
8 Bittersweet Memories Bullet for My Valentine ... 5:08
9 Dignity Bullet for My Valentine ... 4:28
10 Begging For Mercy Bullet for My Valentine ... 3:56
11 Pretty On the Outside Bullet for My Valentine ... 3:55