Bullet For My Valentine
Pushing the boundaries of metal, Bullet for My Valentine, often referred to as BFMV, combines aggressive heavy metal riffs with punk-infused hardcore vocals to create a unique sound that pulls from a deep pool of influences. Originally hailing from Wales, Bullet for My Valentine formed in 1998 but didn't release its debut album The Poison until 2005. The single Tears Don't Fall has received critical acclaim and won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2006. In 2018, BFMV released its sixth studio album, Gravity, which has been described as returning to the band's nu metal roots. The band is a two-time recipient of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award (2006, 2010) as well as the Kerrang! Award for Best British Band for three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010) and for Best Live Band in 2010. The group tours frequently, performing its high-energy songs for its lively fans.
From Jeff Killed John to Now
While studying music at Bridgend College, Matthew Tuck, Michael Padge Paget, Nick Crandle and Michael Moose Thomas got together in 1998 to form Jeff Killed John – the predecessor band to Bullet for My Valentine. The band started by performing Metallica and Nirvana cover songs and released its first EP Better Off Alone in 1998. Influenced by bands such as Korn and Limp Bizkit, Jeff Killed John's original sound followed the nu metal trend and included heavy syncopation and rhythmic vocals. In 2003, the musicians decided to go in a different direction and began playing heavy metal songs with a strong focus on harmony, guitars and choruses. The band changed its name to Bullet for My Valentine and released a self-titled EP with its new sound. Debuting in 2005 in the UK and 2006 in the US, the band's first studio album The Poison sold over 500,000 copies and became certified gold by the RIAA in 2009. BFMV began touring around the world to promote its new album and played at the Download Festival in 2005. In 2006, the band opened for Metallica and Guns N' Roses and played at the Vans Warped Tour as well as Kerrang XXV. The band later toured North America and Australia for the Taste of Chaos Tour alongside Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold.