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Bullet For My Valentine

Formed: 2003
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Bullet For My Valentine News

Below is our complete Bullet For My Valentine news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Ozzfest 2008 Rumours Begin To Surface

Bands for the limited run dates which will make up OZZFEST 2008 have started to surface. Like 2007, a shortened tour is expected, with rumored artists for this year’s lineup possibly featuring the likes of:


…more rumors TBA

It’s presently unclear whether the ‘freefest’ model will be adopted for this year or whether or not Ozzy will ship out by his lonesome or be joined by his fellow Birmingham compatriots for another BLACK SABBATH run.

Press from October of last year points to the likelihood of the former, rather than another reunion. The aging rocker was quoted as saying, “as far as I know” when quizzed over his headlining the summer roadshow. Regarding Sabbath he simply stated, “I’m the last person to be told anything. I’d love to do another [Black] Sabbath album. There are a bunch of things written. But the problem I’m having is it’s got to be at least on the same level as when we departed. If it’s not, then what’s the point in doing it?”

OZZFEST 2007 featured the following criterion:

1. Tickets/Entrance was free
2. Ozzy Osbourne headlined (…and debuted new music from Black Rain)
3. It was a 25-date haul that kicked off in LA on July 7

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Skindred Pull Out Of BFMV Tour

The following message has been posted via Skindred's official Myspace account:

"Due to an accident whilst unloading equipment Skindred have been forced to quite the European leg of Bullet for my Valentine tour, we regret to add that Arya ( the drummer) has sustained an injury to his wrist and head and unfortunately he is unable to continue play at this time, he had been advised by Doctors to rest until he makes a full recovery.

"We'd like to thank our mates in Still Remains, Bullet and all their hard working crew for showing us much love, the short UK dates we did were properly the best shows we’ve played as an opening act in the UK.

"Thank you for given us the opportunity to play in front of incredible audiences every night, its a shame we didn’t get to say goodbye properly to you all, hope the tour continues to be successful and we have the chance to work with you all again sometime.

"Our deepest apologies to all our fans and friends who had plans to come along to show us support at the coming BFMV euro dates, we hope we can make it up to you in the near future… once again our innermost apologies to all.

"We hope to post new touring opportunity’s in the coming weeks… all the best Skindred."

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Bullet For My Valentine Enter Top 5 Of Charts

The new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE album, "Scream Aim Fire", has achieved the following first-week chart positions so far:

Japan: #1
Germany: #3
Australia: #4
United Kingdom: #5

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE is on track to sell between 45,000 and 50,000 copies of "Scream Aim Fire" in the United States in its first week on shelves, according to Hits Daily Double. That puts the Welsh hard rockers in contention for the Number One slot on the Billboard 200 album chart, where it's battling for the top spot with ALICIA KEYS, the "Juno" soundtrack, a Grammy nominees compilation and a new effort from the MARS VOLTA. However, topping the chart this week will be a less than impressive feat, since early sales figures indicate that this week's Number One album will be the lowest-selling in modern chart history.

A Number One debut might still be sweet for BULLET singer Matt Tuck, who told The Pulse of Radio that making the disc was a difficult process. "Yeah, totally, every day for the last eight months, prior to it getting actually mixed and mastered and finished, it was like just a never-ending struggle every day, really," he said. "But, you know, it's definitely worth the work."

"Scream Aim Fire" arrived in stores last Tuesday (January 29).

First-week sales figures will arrive later this week.

The CD follows up the group's acclaimed 2006 full-length debut, "The Poison", which has sold 375,000 copies in the U.S.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour beginning on February 29 in Denver.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.

The latest act confirmed CAVALERA CONSPIRACY.


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More Bands Announced For Rock AM Ring

DISTURBED, HIM, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY and DANKO JONES are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 6-7 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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B4MV On New CD: We Didn't Want To Change Direction

An interview by Planet-Loud with Bullet For My Valentine guitarist Michael "Padge" Paget included the following excerpts:

Planet-Loud: What did you want to achieve with the album?

Paget: "We didn't want to change direction too much from the last record. I think the label maybe wanted us to just mellow it out a bit more in parts so we could get more radio play but we put our foot as we always wanted to make a metal record anyway. May be we've been kind of limited in the past and we're now better with our instruments so I think we just wanted to put out what came naturally."

Planet-Loud: You mentioned improving as players. Does that help touring with the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Guns N' Roses?

Paget: "Yeah, touring especially but that's not just with the big bands because getting out and playing to anybody is a totally different to playing your bedroom when you're out on stage and the amps are cranking. Every note matters or you start sounding like a dick."

Planet-Loud: What have you learned from touring with the bigger bands?

Paget: "Obviously how to cope with the bigger stages and crowds but, as a band, we kind of go out and treat every gig the same, you know? To be honest, the bigger the gig, the easier they get because you can't see all the people because they go so far back. In smaller gigs the kids are all crushed in and they're right up against you."

Planet-Loud: Going back to the last record, did the success it had worldwide affect the way you went about writing "Scream Aim Fire"?

Paget: "I suppose in the sense that we didn't want to change much of the formula — we wanted to stick as true to "The Poison" as we could on this record and not stray too much away from it. I think when bands make a drastic change away from a sound fans know these days, people are really quick to shoot it down. We definitely didn't want to stray too far away from what people knew as Bullet."

Planet-Loud: Did much of the old material stay or is it all new material?

Paget: "We were still on tour for the last run of "The Poison" and we wrote a bunch of songs but, when we wrote "Scream Aim Fire" in September, we scrapped those earlier songs and just went with the vibe of "Scream". We kinda found our feet and the road we wanted to go do with the album. Once we'd nailed that, we were away then and we wrote six songs in a week and they all made the album which is a big chunk of it done."

Planet-Loud: You mentioned writing a song about the amount of touring you do as a band. Now your profile has grown that is only going to grow isn't it?

Paget: "You know what? This time around I'm finding it really hard because I'm going away in two weeks and I think we're going to be out for like five months straight without coming home. I think we'll only have a couple of days here before we go out for months on end so, yeah, it is tough because you know that, in a year, you're only going to get home for like a week. It's like this is the coolest job in the world but you have to sacrifice everything and that is the hardest mental thing to do."

Read the full article at Planet-Loud.

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More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2008

According to Ashladan.be, legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 27-29, 2008 at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


OBITUARY recently shot a video for the song "Evil Ways" with comic book stalwart and director Hart D. Fisher.

"Evil Ways" is the lead single from OBITUARY's new album, "Xecutioner's Return", which was released in North America on August 28 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed at Redroom Recorders and was mastered in June at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who has previously created the art for "The End Complete" and the group's last record, "Frozen in Time".

Roadrunner Records has set a January 29, 2008 release date for a "best-of" collection from legendary Florida death metallers OBITUARY. Entitled, appropriately enough, "The Best of Obituary", the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. Internal Bleeding
02. 'Til Death
03. Slowly We Rot
04. Cause Of Death
05. Chopped In Half
06. Turned Inside Out
07. The End Complete
08. I'm In Pain
09. Don't Care
10. Final Thoughts
11. Kill For Me
12. Threatening Skies
13. On The Floor

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BFMV Inspire Comic Book Series

Much buzzed-about breaking band BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has commissioned celebrated indie comic book writer and illustrator Tom Manning to create a mini-comic book for every one of the 11 songs on the band's new album, "Scream Aim Fire," which will be released on January 29 (20/20/Jive/Zomba).

Each book will be three-to-five pages in length and all are inspired by the lyrics of the songs on the new release. The first three ("Scream Aim Fire," "Waking The Demon," "Hearts Burst Into Fire") will be available on January 29 in the PDF booklet of the iTunes deluxe version of the album. Ultimately, all 11 books will be available for viewing on a micro-site found at www.safthecomics.com. Fans can access a free PDF download of "Scream Aim Fire" now when they sign up for the band's mailing list at www.safthecomics.com/freedownload.

In addition to the actual comic book for every song, 15-second animated trailers have been created for each comic and have just been posted on media partner websites. The first trailer for the CD's title track can be viewed now on the band's YouTube channel and MySpace profile.

Tom Manning is a writer, illustrator and graphic designer living in New Haven, Connecticut. His first graphic novel, RACECAR, was published in 1999, and the final volume of his critically acclaimed series Runoff has recently been published by OddGod Press. He has art directed magazines such as Filter and Mean, and is currently in the final year of a master's degree in graphic design from Yale University. He enjoys cats, Earl Grey tea, his parents, and ghost stories. His hobbies include work. More information on his comics can be found at www.robotsandmonkeys.com.

"Scream Aim Fire" is Bullet For My Valentine's sophomore release and follows their 2006 debut "The Poison" which has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The eleven new songs are, according to frontman Matthew Tuck, "really melodic heavy metal...catchy, hooky choruses and full-on vocals, with the music being very in-your-face and heavy." The CD's title track is already Top 30 at Active Rock stations.

The four-piece metal core band from Bridgend, South Wales, UK - Matthew "Matt" Tuck/vocals, Michael "Padge" Paget/Guitar, Michael "Moose" Thomas/drums, and Jason "Jay" James/Bass - are, according to the UK's Kerrang!, well on their way to "phase two of world domination" with the new disc. The band graces the cover of the brand new issue of Revolver, themed "The Future of Metal."

Bullet For My Valentine will support "Scream Aim Fire" beginning with the Taste of Chaos tour which kicks off in Denver, CO on February 29.

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BFMV Frontman Speaks On Opening For Bigger Bands

Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE frontman Matt Tuck. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Revolver: Did the success of "The Poison" lead you to feel more confident in the studio this time?

Tuck: The studio is always a relaxed place to us. It's where we're at our most creative and where we shine as songwriters. All the bits and pieces come along on the road, but it's in the studio where all these creative ingredients just pour out of us. We had the luxury this time as well of not having any kind of deadline or anything. We could really take our time and get into it, and if we weren't happy, we'd just start again. That's where Colin [Richardson, producer] came in, because we trust him implicitly.

Revolver: Was working with Colin again a no-brainer?

Tuck: Totally. He just gets what we're doing and what we want to achieve and the way we want to sound. Even when things were bad with my voice and we were in the studio for three weeks without one word being put down on ProTools, there was no negativity. He never got frustrated. He was just like, "No worries — we'll take a break for a few weeks and come back." He pretty much kept it together when times were getting really ugly.

Revolver: A good deal of your touring in support of "The Poison" included dates with older, more established metal bands. Was that exciting?

Tuck: yeah, it means a lot. It's something you never think of when you join a band as a teenager and you look up to these people as complete fucking gods. To even know that they know who we are is fucking amazing. It still hasn't sunk in that we've done something like that. They know us personally and are calling us by our names.

Revolver: How has that changed your ideas about who or what a rock star is?

Tuck: We've kind of seen what to do and what not to do if you get to that level. When we were on tour with GUNS N' ROSES, that was a prime example of how not to fucking act on tour. Then with MAIDEN and METALLICA it was the complete opposite. They made us feel so welcome, and anything we wanted, they were more than happy to give us. It was nice to see that though they've established godlike myths about them, when you actually get them one-on-one in a room, they're just Mr. Average. It was inspiring to see that our heroes weren't dicks.

Revolver: One thing that unites acts like METALLICA and GUNS N' ROSES is that they play to incredibly varied audiences. It's not just kids who know everything there is to know about the history of metal. Does establishing that kind of following appeal to you?

Tuck: That'd be cool, yeah. We've had our fair share of something similar, which is playing in front of people who really don't understand what's going on in modern metal. The MAIDEN experience, for example — there were 40- and 50-year-old men with mullets and denim jackets, you know? It was mad to see how out of touch some people are with modern rock music.

Revolver's entire interview with Matt Tuck can be found in the magazines' March 2008 issue, available on newsstands now.

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BFMV Announce UK Store Appearances

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will hold two signing sessions in the UK, at the HMV stores in Cardiff and London respectively. The Cardiff session will take place on January 27th at midnight, and the London session will take place at Oxford Circus on January 28th at 6:00pm. The London session will also include a 15 minute performance.

For details of where the stores are located click here.

As previously reported, Bullet For My Valentine have confirmed the following North American tour dates: More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Drummer Talks Influences

InTheNews.co.uk's recently caught up with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Mike "Moose" Thomas. Th efollowing is an excerpt for the einterview:

Q: So do you think the music industry's more open to MAIDEN-esque metal now?

Moose: "Well, it's nice to be putting this kind of metal back in the mainstream. Kids that buy our stuff will go back and listen to early METALLICA or early Maiden and that's pretty cool."

Q: Iron Maiden are a clearly a huge influence - was it an honour to tour with them?

Moose: "Yeah, it was great. When we got the opportunity to open up for them, it was unbelievable, really."

Q: How did you go down with their crowds?

Moose: "Unfortunately not very well. It's the same for any band that plays before Iron Maiden. You get booed, you get stuff thrown at it. It's pretty hard, but we were just glad to be supporting Iron Maiden."

Q: The Poison did pretty well across the Atlantic - are you hoping to replicate that sort of success with Scream, Aim, Fire?

Moose: "Yeah, we just want to tour it and get it out there, we're pretty sick of the last one. Obviously we want to beat the last one because we're a band that likes to progress and we don't want to make the same record twice."

Read the full article at this location.

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First Acts For Graspop 2008 Announced

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008 is scheduled for June 27th - 29th, 2008 at the festival park De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.


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Taste Of Chaos 2008 Tour Dates Revealed

The following dates have been released for next year’s “Taste of Chaos” tour, which will feature ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, and BLESSTHEFALL:

February 29 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
March 1 - Kansas City, MO @ Memorial Hall
March 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
March 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
March 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Family Arena
March 7 - Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
March 8 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
March 10 - Rochester, NY @ The Armory
March 11 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
March 13 - Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
March 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tweeter Center
March 15 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Center
March 17 - Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
March 18 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
March 20 - Nassau, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
March 21 - Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
March 22 - Albany, NY @ The Armory
March 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center
March 25 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome
March 26 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park
March 28 - Orlando, FL @ USC Arena
March 29 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
March 30 - Houston, TX @ The Woodlands
April 1 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
April 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Fairgrounds Arena
April 4 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
April 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
April 6 - El Paso, TX @ County Coliseum
April 9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
April 10 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
April 12 - San Jose, CA @ Event Center
April 13 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
April 15 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Center

The tour will also include Japanese rock bands (JRock) MUCC, D’ESPAIRSRAY, and THE UNDERNEATH. Bellingham, Washington group IDIOT PILOT will play two special sets every night in each venue concourse.

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Still Remains To Support Bullet For My Valentine

Following their recent trek in November with ATREYU, STILL REMAINS are thrilled to announce they’ll be returning to the UK from late January, as main support for 6 shows with BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

Tickets are on sale now. Catch the Michigan metallers at:

January 30 – Brighton @ Dome
January 31 – Newport @ Centre
February 1 – Wolverhampton @ Civic Hall
February 3 – Glasgow @ Academy
February 4 – Manchester @ Academy
February 7 – London @ Brixton Academy

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Still Remains To Support Bullet For My Valentine

Grand Rapids, Michigan's STILL REMAINS will support BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on the following dates:

Jan. 31 - Newport Centre - Newport, England
Feb. 01 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, England
Feb. 03 - Glasgow Academy - Glasgow, Scotland
Feb. 04 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, England
Feb. 07 - Brixton Academy - London, England

STILL REMAINS is continuing to promote its sophomore release for Roadrunner Records, "The Serpent". Released on August 7, "The Serpent" channels all the aggression of the band's debut disc, "Of Love and Lunacy" and combines it with a fiercely melodic vocal roar. More...

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Bullet For My Valentine Reveal CD/DVD Details

Details of the CD/DVD special edition of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's forthcoming album, Scream Aim Fire, have been revealed. They are as follows:

CD: 'Scream Aim Fire', 'Eye Of The Storm', 'Hearts Burst Into Fire', 'Waking The Demon', 'Disappear', 'Deliver Us From Evil', 'Take It Out On Me', 'Say Goodbye', 'End Of Days', 'Last To Know', 'Forever And Always'.

-- 'Scream Aim Fire' music video
-- The Making of Scream Aim Fire
-- Bullet TV
-- Welcome to the studio
-- Sonic Ranch Cribs
-- Night at the ranch (Part1)
-- Night at the ranch (Part2)
-- Quad Pinching
-- Photo Gallery

Scream Aim Fire is set for release in North America on January 29th.

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Bullet For My Valentine Post New Video Online

The video for the new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE song 'Scream, Aim, Fire' - the title track of the band's forthcoming album - is available below:

Due out January 29th, Bullet For My Valentine's sophomore effort - Scream Aim Fire - was produced by Colin Richardson (MACHINE HEAD, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND) who also produced BFMV's debut disc, The Poison, which sold more than a million copies worldwide.

As previously reported, the full track listing for Scream Aim Fire is as follows: 'Scream Aim Fire', 'Eye Of The Storm', 'Hearts Burst Into Fire', 'Waking The Demon', 'Disappear', 'Deliver Us From Evil', 'Take It Out On Me', 'Say Goodbye', 'End Of Days', 'Last To Know', 'Forever And Always'.


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Atreyu, A7X and BFMV Set For Taste Of Chaos 2008?

The Pulse of Radio reports that ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are all expected to participate in the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour. ATREYU will headline the trek, which is tentatively slated to begin in March. Dates, venues and additions to the lineup will be announced in the weeks ahead. Representatives for the bands were unable to confirm their involvement in the show before an official announcement was made by the Taste of Chaos organizers.

Taste of Chaos is produced by the creators of the Warped Tour, which also began announcing bands last week.

Previous Taste of Chaos acts have included 30 SECONDS TO MARS, THE USED and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE.

ATREYU is promoting its major label debut, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor", which arrived this past summer, while AVENGED SEVENFOLD issued its self-titled fourth album at the end of October. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release its sophomore effort, "Scream Aim Fire", in late January.

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36 Crazyfists Cancel European Tour

Due to a delay in the recording process 36 Crazyfists have been forced to push back the release of their upcoming Ferret Music debut, "The Tide and Its Takers." The album which was originally slated for a March 4th release is now slated to drop on April 29th. The album will still be produced by the band’s guitarist Steve Holt and mixed by Andy Sneap.

Because of the setbacks in recording the band are also, regrettably, going to have to cancel their UK and European tour plans. The band was scheduled to play with Bullet For My Valentine overseas and is disappointed to say that they will not be partaking in the tour.

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RATM, Metallica Confirmed For Rock AM Ring

METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, NIGHTWISH and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE are among the confirmed bands for this year's Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, set to take place June 6-7 in the German towns of Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


More acts will be announced soon.

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