Bullet For My Valentine originally formed under the name Jeff Killed John and formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matt Tuck as the band's vocalist, Michael "Padge" Paget as the lead guitarist, Michael Thomas as the drummer and Jamie Mathias. They also in the past had two different bassists, Nick Crandle and Jason James.
Interestingly enough when they formed as Jeff Killed John, they actually started by covering Metallica and Nirvana songs. You can actually find some of these covers and some other early songs on YouTube still, if anyone is interested.
With that in mind, it will come as no surprise that some of the people who have influenced BFMV are Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer.
Under their original name, between 1999 and 2004, they released two full length albums and three EPs. The name changed in 2004, supposedly for financial reasons, but none the less they re-branded themselves, moved away from nu-metal and into metalcore / thrash metal, and became BFMV as we all know them today. The band has sold over 5 million albums world wide over the years, and have toured all over with bands like Rob Zombie, Escape The Fate, Three Days Grace, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, and many, many more.
As BFMV, they have released five full length albums, and four EPs, one of which was live. They made their debut as BFMV first in the UK with a self titled EP. This particular EP was never released here in the US, but then was released with one extra track, under a different name here in the US. It was called Hand Of Blood here in the states, and featured "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" which had previously been on the Japanese version of the self titled EP.
None of the EPs BFMV released appear to have reached charts in the US, nor have any of them had wide success. However, the albums on the other hand have done much better. Their first full length album, The Poison came out on October 3, 2005 in the UK, and then Valentine's day 2006 in the US, and broke the top 50 in four different countries. It was 21 in the UK, 25 in Germany, 27 in Japan, and 43 in Austria. It didn't do that well at first in the US, as it charted at 128, but has since been certified gold in both the UK and US! That particular album features a couple of the songs that BFMV are known for. Such as, "Tears Don't Fall" and "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me.)"
The release of this album only helped their success grow, as it brought them out on Download festival, Warped tour, Earthday Birthday, and on tours where they opened up for Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
Because of this album, they actually got to film their first live DVD, The Poison: Live At Brixton. The show was at Brixton Academy in London, and happened on January 28, 2006. The DVD then came out on October 30 of the same year, and was the entire track listing for The Poison performed live.
In 2007, they began recording their second album, Scream Aim Fire, which came out on January 29, 2008. This album has sold over a million copies and half of those came from the US. It had massive success world wide, hitting number one in Japan, and breaking the top ten in Sweden, Ireland, the US, UK, Austria, Finland, and Germany. It actually hit number four in the world, and has been certified Gold in the UK and Australia.
This album also has a deluxe edition that came out in December of the same year that features four bonus tracks, and a DVD that features music videos and behind the scenes footage.
This album produced three other singles that BFMV are known for, the singles were "Scream Aim Fire", "Hearts Burst Into Fire", "Waking The Demon."
In support of the album, they went on tour around North American and Australia with Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and Blessthefall.
Then came their 2010 release, Fever. Its said that they went back to their roots a bit for this album, and went back to The Poison sound, but we personally feel like its something all on its own. Fever came out on April 26, 2010, and features songs like "Your Betrayal", "The Last Fight" and "Bittersweet Memories."
This album came with many singles over the course of a couple of years, and was another very successful album. It hit number 3 in the US, Finland, and Germany, two in Austria, five in the UK and Australia, seven in Switzerland, eight in Japan, nine in New Zealand, fourteen in Sweden, and 25 in France.
You can also find beautiful acoustic versions of two of the three singles, "Your Betrayal" and "The Last Fight" online, if you poke around long enough. They're unofficial releases, as far as we know, but definitely worth looking up.
In 2011, they began writing their fourth studio album, Temper, Temper, which ended up coming out in Australia on February 8, 2013 and then world wide on the 11th. The album did fairly well all over the world. The highest it went was number three, and that was in Austria. It reached number four in Australia, five in Germany and Finland, number 9 in Switzerland, eleven in the UK, 13 in the US, 14 in New Zealand, 17 in Japan, nineteen in Sweden, and lastly 51 in France.
In between the Temper Temper album, and their latest album, which we will talk about in just a moment, it was announced that singer Matt Tuck had a side project called AxeWound. We all know that with side projects, comes rumors of break ups. Obviously, these rumors proved to be extremely false, seeing as BFMV is still active four years later, but the band has released just one one album and hasn't done anything sense.
Now we can talk about BFMV's most recent release, Venom. Venom was released on August 14, 2015 and was the first album BFMV ever released to hit number one. It didn't just hit number one in one country but two! Those two countries are Australia and Switzerland. it also reached number two in Austria and Germany, three in the UK, four in Finland, eight in the US and New Zealand, nine in Japan, forty-two in France and 46 in Sweden.
In support of the album, they have been doing a bunch of touring, and aren't stopping any time soon! Coming up in just a few weeks are dates in Japan, many festivals in the US and Europe, and the second leg of the British Invasion tour with Asking Alexandria!
The tour begins May 3 in Atlanta, GA and goes through May 25. Just before the tour is the Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville festivals, and just after is Rocklahoma and River City Rockfest. During the tour, they will also be Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range.
Stay up to date with BFMV by heading on over to their website!
(By the way, all the pictures at the top of this post are from Google Images but here's a photo of Ariel from Immortal Music with Bullet For My Valentine in May 2011. Also pictured is her best friend Jeremy and her mom.)
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