BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Bullet For My Valentine (sometimes shortened to "Bullet" or "BFMV") are a metalcore band from Bridgend, Wales in the United Kingdom. Formed in 1998 under the name "Jeff Killed John", they originally played Metallica and Nirvana covers. They initially struggled to find success, and tensions arose when other Welsh bands such as Lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend were getting noticed and became more popular. When it came to the band recording a demo, things didn't go as well as planned and the original bass player, Nik Cradle, quit the band a week before they were due to record. The band couldn't get it together to record a demo, and subsequently split up. But despite this, they did get back together and they found a new bassist in the shape of Jason James. They changed their name from "Jeff Killed John" first to "Opportunity In Chigago", then to the now familar "Bullet For My Valentine". The band later signed a deal with Sony Records via Visible Noise in October 2004. They released their first 5 track EP on November 15, 2004, on UK label Visible Noise. The mini-album was later released in the US on Trustkill records including an extra track - "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" - as well as the 5 songs on the UK album. The band also released "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" on March 28, 2005. The Vinyl was limited to 1000 copies. The CD/Vinyl was deleted on day of release, so no new copies are available. Their debut album 'The Poison' was released October 3, 2005. The first single from "The Poison", "Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow" was released on September 19, 2005. They have recently been on a tour of the United Kingdom supporting another Welsh alternative metal act, Funeral for a Friend. They recently won the Kerrang! award for 'Best British Newcomer', and decided to accept an offer from Kerrang! to headline their 25th anniversary tour of the UK. The song"4 Words (To Choke Upon)" is used in NHL 06 and Madden NFL 06 by EA Sports and "Hand of Blood" is used in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Burnout Revenge. Trustkill Records (the US label for the band) will release The Poison in the United States on February 14, 2006. The band recently completed a headline run on the Kerrang XXV tour at which on the final night in Brixton Academy they filmed footage for their new DVD. It is now officially confirmed that Bullet will be playing at the Download Festival in Donington Park (North West Leicestershire, UK). Taking place on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of June, they will be playing alongside hugely popular bands including Trivium and The Prodigy.