Bullet For My Valentine Interview

Wales-based band Bullet For My Valentine has just released the first full-lenght and very promising CD The Poison, and now they are in the midst of a huge tour behind the album. Do you want to know these guys better?

Bullet For My Valentine Interview
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Wales-based metalcore act Bullet For My Valentine has just released the first full-lenght and very promising CD 'The Poison' (read a review at UG). And now they are in the midst of a huge tour behind the album (you can find the tour dates at this location). British website Gigwise.com duly caught up with the band's guitarist Michael "Padge" Padget and bassit Jason James just to blabber on. Here are some excerpts from the chat:
  • Gigwise: You've got a big tour coming up, has it been a struggle getting to this point? Jason: Yeah our first one, so it's really important to us. it was a struggle for years back home, you know, we were in loads of small bands that just didn't get anywhere, but the last year has been incredible, our feet haven't touched the floor. It's moving so fast, we can hardly keep up with it.
  • Did you think you'd be at this point by now? With a big headline tour and big album coming out? Padge: Well we all believed in it, we struggled, but we always believed that it would happen, so when we finally got a deal... We couldn't really believe it.
  • Well you guys have been struggling for quite a while, has it been hard seeing other bands from your area, like Lostprophets, Funeral For A Friend, etc, do well? Padge: We just kept thinking "what are we doing wrong?" All these bands were getting signed up and we'd been going just as long, if not longer than some of those bands and we couldn't figure it out. Jason: I remember seeing The Lostprophets play just after their first album came out, and they were so amazing, they were so heavy and had such great stage presence that it really pushed us, it should us what we should be like.
  • So other welsh band's success motivated you guys? Jason: Yeah, I mean a year later they were playing the Carling Stage at Reading so it really pushed us to try and follow on from that.
  • Did you guys feel at all bitter? Thinking that you should be up there instead? Padge: Not instead, but along with them. Jason: We just felt like if they could do it, we could. There's been talk of doing a big tour with like us, Funeral, Hondo, 'Prophets, you know, all the welsh bands. There might be a big of a clash of interests there though. Padge: Clash of egos more like.
  • Where are you guys from musically? Padge: It's all old school thrash. Jason: We haven't bothered with any of the modern day stuff, there's just nothing that grabs our attention at all in today's music. So it's all old school bands, like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Testament, Stuck Mojo, Megadeth... mainly just classic rock. Padge: Yeah, we're into the proper stuff, all the new music that's around is just about noise and smashing people's faces off for 7 minutes, we're not into that just being loud for the sake of it. We're into harmonies and having proper songs.
  • How do you feel about some of the other metal bands around? Jason: As I Lay Dying are great. Padge: I'll tell you what I'm not a big fan of, all this make-up malarky, all that crap around the eyes. Some bands are just covered in the stuff, and it's just not about music anymore and you think "What are you doing? Just play your f--king music!" It's like they're trying to cover up something about themselves. It's ridiculous.
  • Like who? Padge: Like Eighteen Visions. I just don't see the point of it, and I'm sure some kids are going to hate us for that, but it's the truth.
  • How do you think people over here will react to that? The British public haven't looked too favourably on British bands that have gone to America in the past. Jason: A lot of the bands, go over there and try to take on the American lifestyle, you know, and start speaking like an American and acting like one, we're British and we just want to go over there and show them what we can do. We're totally loyal to our country, but we just want to do the best we can.
  • So what does the future hold? Jason: We wrote two new songs, so we're already thinking about the next album, I mean we want this to last you know? Iron Maiden and Metallica have made careers out of this and that's what we're going to do. We're going to up there with them. Read the entire article at this location.
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      Axl_Duff_Izzy
      Hazza069: lol i wouldnt go as far as saying bullet were awesome, they're far from it. and the only reason why they labbeled 18 visions as people who were face paints, is because what they meant was theyre EMO and as we all know, emo's don't deserve a place on this planet and incase anyone hadnt noticed bullet are VERY emo, to the point were i actually feel the urge to masturbate in my own faeces. this is how passionately i feel about this lol yeah and the fact that they're 100000 times better than you at playing guitar is irrelavent is it oh boohoo they don't fit into your elitist metal criteria, well guess what NO-ONE GIVES A FUCK YOU COMPLETE MORON
      Axl_Duff_Izzy
      I don't usually condone this word, but u sit are a (unt Oh yeah I do condone that word and he is a complete Cunt
      Axl_Duff_Izzy
      And dragonforce make me laugh my balls off... we're off to slay the dragon, let us defy the evil sorcerer, we quite obviously all play warhammer and suck cock
      Gu1T@r_H3r0
      I went to see them two nights ago and they were pretty cool. I just don't like their Emo-ish lyrics, they get on my nerves.
      Mr.Jack_SG
      ive only heard that suffering under words of sorrow song. its alright i guess. i mean the guitar is pretty good but the lyrics r.....well..... not that good we'll say. not bad but not good either
      Maxstone
      well well well, all theses people who "hate" bullet so much and keep mentioning how shit they are are spending an awful alot of time posting and chatting about them, i know for a fact that if i dont like a band i dont post disrespectful messages about them because in my eyes they wouldnt be worth the time, anyway it comes down to jealousy....if you are one of the pricks above who bitch about bullet you are either dying to be in there shoes or so pissed off that your screamo band didnt make it, also a few mentioned the lyrics arent very good, matt tuck writes about what he feels means alot to either him or his band mates, he doesnt think "oo i wonder if all the goths will love my lyrics, if there "death" enough for them, he writes what he feels strongly about and secondly harmonizing every note? 1. your bitching cause you cant harmonize and 2. who cares? theres plenty of bands out there who repeat plenty of shit all the time but no-one bitches about them because there veteran bands, im all done now but seriously bullet ****ing rock!!! they wouldnt be as big as they are if they didnt, think about that.
      mesaboogieman
      since the last time i posted on here near the top, i totally reccomended the album to anyone, since then, the more people say they hate them and BiTch about them, makes me like them even more. i totally agree with Maxstone.
      Scazzaman3000
      BFMV rock. And whats the point of coming on here just to post messages about how crap they are. If they were that crap then why would you waste time reading an article about them.
      dethskar0
      they hav awesome guitar shit but the lyrics r a little lame... but there still ****en good
      LPIndin
      my cousin gave me the hand of blood EP and i was pissed that they were from the UK. I thought theyd probably never come to america, especially my hick town. But i get to see them in detroit next month. Fuck Yeah! BFMV Rule
      the_bride_2006
      Axl_Duff_Izzy wrote: Hazza069: lol i wouldnt go as far as saying bullet were awesome, they're far from it. and the only reason why they labbeled 18 visions as people who were face paints, is because what they meant was theyre EMO and as we all know, emo's don't deserve a place on this planet and incase anyone hadnt noticed bullet are VERY emo, to the point were i actually feel the urge to masturbate in my own faeces. this is how passionately i feel about this lol yeah and the fact that they're 100000 times better than you at playing guitar is irrelavent is it oh boohoo they don't fit into your elitist metal criteria, well guess what NO-ONE GIVES A FUCK YOU COMPLETE MORON
      ...so what exactly are you doing here, you big mozz? Piss off
      imly2k
      ok why are people bitching about b4mv? 1) if you read the article then there must have been something about them that drawn you to them 2) don't we all listen to music for different reasons? Therefore we all have different opinions. Coming on here bitching is getting your opinion across sure but you have to realise that other people wll disagree with you. Personally i think bullet for my valentine are an amazing band but some of my friends don't. I don't see them shoving their opinions in my face and trying to change my mind about the band and i don't shove my opinion in theirs. What i'm trying to say is if you have nothing nice to say about the band why don't you find a hate forum where people share you opinions because they are not welcome here. Or better yet keep your opinions to yourself because if people did this there would be less fights and hatred in the world. Ok i'm going to shut up now i think i got my point across byeess xxx
      Carreras
      Hey guys!! I think Bullet for my Valentine is one of the best new bands. Can't stand only screaming new "heavy metal bands". In the words of Ozzy: Why scream when you can sing?? I also agree with the make up stuff they say and Rob Zombie & Bullet tour is so great!! Too bad Bullet goets such a short playing time
      musicissick
      hey all you english people....well i think ur poms meh anyway yeh BFMV is one of the best bands in the world but they need to tour australia cos that where i live...they would fill the MCG which in case u dont know is where we constantly beat you in the ashes haha u suck...anyway yeh Go bullet for my valentine u sick ****s
      fwibble
      Bullet For My Valentine are by far the best UK (and I'm very proud to say WELSH) metal band around at the moment and I can see them staying at the top for a long long time. Awesome live band as well. One question thought, why did they interview Jason and Padge but put a photo of Matt Tuck up?
      Hazza069
      maybe i posted cso i thought 'ah look there bullet for my valentine who'd i'd seen as a supporting act 3 times, maybe i'll check out their new stuff, hoping that it might actually be remotely good', unfortunately my thoughts were confirmed..... they suck lol. like benjaminr said, they're similar to other bands and nothing special, i'd much rather see dragonforce going bonkers than some band who make a living on harmonising every single note that they play lol.
      natansh_18
      fwibble ....i agree with u...ur right they are probably be the best in UK at present.
      Liamy
      Hmmm...I agree with the Eighteen Visions comment, even though 18 Visions are kickass. BFMV rule!
      mesaboogieman
      there album is incredible, i recommend it to any of the bands that jason named up there in the interview, although, it is something so totally different to all of that. they're a great band.
      Hazza069
      you guys are ****ing morons, ive just heard some of their new stuff and its bloody awful.how you can call that good music i really don't know. no way are they the best band in UK, for a starter, sikth, raging speed horn and dragonforce are all british and by far have more talent, produce better songs and have loooooads better stage presence. so **** off back to ya little teeny bopping parties ya benders. seriously, you people know nothing....
      fwibble
      Hazza069 wrote: you guys are ****ing morons, ive just heard some of their new stuff and its bloody awful.how you can call that good music i really don't know. no way are they the best band in UK, for a starter, sikth, raging speed horn and dragonforce are all british and by far have more talent, produce better songs and have loooooads better stage presence. so **** off back to ya little teeny bopping parties ya benders. seriously, you people know nothing....
      I don't usually condone this word, but u sit are a (unt
      fwibble
      and another thing (sorry to double post) but why would you come on to a topic about a band if you don't even like them?
      benjaminr
      i really don't care for this band in particular much, just not my thing. I find it kind of funny that they don't care much for what's going on in the scene right now considering they are VERY similar to a lot of other bands. Also, I don't catch very much thrash in their music. In conclusion, its interesting that they're ripping on 18 visions considering they are labelmates.
      carcass_prowler
      Bullet for my valentine, they are rather good, were very good at reading, I just hope they are true to their word and do create long lasting careers for themselves like the mighty iron maiden ( I won't say metallica as i think their sound changed too much during the 90's and i was very dissapointed). However I agree with the angry hazza guy, dragonforce have much more talent and are much better live. But each to their own...
      mariachi2487
      On the contraryt Hazza069, BFMV are absolutely awesome...Raging Speedhorn are absolutely terrible...altho i do completely agree with you with Sikth..those guys rule... Let's not forget Paradise Lost while we're at it as well, one of the best Doom Metal bands ever.
      Hazza069
      lol i wouldnt go as far as saying bullet were awesome, they're far from it. and the only reason why they labbeled 18 visions as people who were face paints, is because what they meant was theyre EMO and as we all know, emo's don't deserve a place on this planet and incase anyone hadnt noticed bullet are VERY emo, to the point were i actually feel the urge to masturbate in my own faeces. this is how passionately i feel about this lol
      the_legend
      Good for 'em for getting so far, but I can't tell the difference between one song and the album and the next. All of their songs are very similar, and they seem todo the same thing over and over again. My friend sent me the lyrics to one of their songs, and i could imagine where the screamer would come in after the singing, and when i heard it i was right. They're very cliched and nothing special. There are plenty more bands with more talent than them. Just not my thing really.
      f117_nighthawk
      So it's all old school bands, like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Testament, Stuck Mojo, Megadeth... mainly just classic rock. thats not classic rock...
      the_poison125
      musicissick wrote: hey all you english people....well i think ur poms meh anyway yeh BFMV is one of the best bands in the world but they need to tour australia cos that where i live...they would fill the MCG which in case u dont know is where we constantly beat you in the ashes haha u suck...anyway yeh Go bullet for my valentine u sick ****s
      aww dont go to the mcg come to w.a!