It’s nearly Valentine’s day
exactly what we wanted to do. Make it exciting and unpredictable and connect with our fans. On a business level we sell more tickets this way, so it works out better for everyone.
“And we can go to places we have never been before. We want to try to get that connection to see the whites of people’s eyes. We’ve done arenas, which were great, but club level is just as good and we can get down and dirty with the fans. It’s good. Something we haven’t done for a long time and it will be good to get that feeling again.
“People will go home with sore necks, ears ringing and sweaty. We are not bringing any toys and tricks this time. We’ve gone back to basics.”
Bullet For My Valentine perform at the Waterside, Aylesbury on Monday, October 5 at 7pm. Tickets cost £25.90. A £2.85 booking fee applies. Call 0844 871 7607 or visit www. atgtickets.com/Aylesbury.
ALMOST two years since their album
was panned as Tepid Tepid, the Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine are back heavier and darker than ever – and they do have something to make some noise about.,
Having achieved their highest UK chart position (3) with their fifth studio album in August, they are back on their pedestal as Britain’s biggest metal band.
Their profile had risen with each album since 1998, notching up a run of key appearances – only for them to see their reputation tarnished after critics lambasted
But fresh from warming the stage for Slipknot at the Summer’s Last Stand tour, frontman Matt Tuck has gone back to basics with in what is the group’s heaviest and angriest release since 2008’s
“It has done really well and was number one for five days, which was amazing,” he said. “Cilla Black was happening so we knew it was going to be a bit hard to stay there with a British icon like that. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it, but to be number one for those five days was amazing.”
That criticism and the departure of long-time bassist Jay James in February has given the band motivation to prove the snipers wrong.
Tuck, 35, observed: “We always get criticism. We always do. was criticised in the NME.
“You can’t please everyone every single time, we are very much aware of that, but we just make sure we are happy, no matter what other people think.
“We knew wasn’t our best effort, but it didn’t deserve all the criticism it got. It wasn’t heavy enough.
“We were definitely more motivated to stick it down people’s throats (with But back to front it is a really good record. It reached the top 10 in the billboards in America and we achieved really good things from that with music festival performances and an arena tour and people made a way too bigger deal of it.”
Tuck talks a lot about recapturing that energy and darkness – that’s perhaps at least partly why they chose to team up with producer Colin Richardson who worked with them on and
“Musically, we wanted to do something exciting and it needed to be heavy and dark and super melodic,” said Tuck.
“We knew what we wanted to do and if it didn’t fit that criteria we didn’t do it. We didn’t want anyone interfering, but to let us do what we wanted to do. Working with other producers, they have their opinion on what we were doing and how we should sound. Working with Colin allowed us to focus on how we wanted to do it and he makes everything sound big.
“We’ve had a lot of history of success there and we wanted to recapture that.”
Having sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, the band are now gearing up to embark on an intimate tour across Britain.
“We really wanted to do something different and reconnect with our fan base who had not had the opportunity to come to see us for whatever reason. That was it really.
“So we are not playing London, Cardiff, Birmingham
etc, and that’s