Bullet for My Valentine are a Metalcore band (also dabbling in Heavy Metal and Screamo) from Bridgend, Wales. They formed in 1998 as Jeff Killed John. The members are: Matthew Tuck (vocals, guitar), Padge (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jamie Mathias (bass, vocals) and Moose (drums) former members include Jay James (bass, vocals) and before their genre shift and name change Nick Crandle (bass).
Also, try not to confuse them with My Bloody Valentine, it's been a problem.
- The Poison (2005)
- Scream Aim Fire (2008)
- Fever (2010)
- Temper Temper (2013)
- Venom (2015)
- Gravity (2018)
This band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Every album since Scream Aim Fire has had one.
- Badass Beard: Padge
- Early Installment Weirdness: A few songs from their early EPs, namely "Seven Days" and "Turn to Despair" have a prominent nu-metal influence due to Bullet starting off as, well... a nu-metal band. Padge and Jay also had more of a vocal presence on the earlier tracks, with Padge doing lead screams on "Turn to Despair" and Jay doing about 50% of the screams on the selftitled/Hand of Blood EP and The Poison, doing lead screams on "Just Another Star" which contrasts with Scream Aim Fire onwards where it's solely Matt screaming and singing.
- Emo: A hybrid of this, heavy metal, metalcore and screamo.
- Genre Shift: Bullet for my Valentine's latest album Gravity sees the band shifting from metalcore to nu metal. Amusingly enough, this is how they got their start!
- I Am the Band: Temper Temper was written and recorded entirely by Matt and Moose. Matt also played the bass parts on Venom, as Jamie didn't have enough time to make his own creative contributions to the band when he joined.
- Intercourse with You: "Fever"
- Keet: Jay was known for being rather hyperactive during shows or interviews
- Metal Scream: All three types.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 7 to 8, with their softer songs in the 4-6 range. Most of Scream Aim Fire, instead, is around a standard 9.
- New Sound Album: Scream Aim Fire has a Thrash Metal sound very akin to Megadeth and Slayer, and features much less screaming. Fever has more '80s Hard Rock influences than the previous albums.
- Subverted with Venom, as it's stylistically a hybrid of the sounds of the first two albums.
- Their new album Gravity released in 2018 has a lot more electronic elements to it, and simpler guitar riffs being described by some as Nu Metal.
- Rearrange the Song: They reworked several Jeff Killed John songs into material for their debut album "The Poison" and their first EP.
- Rage Breaking Point: Many of their songs are about rage and anger, and deal with either the aftermath or build up to this trope.
- Invoked in the songs "Breaking Point" and "Temper Temper". The former has shades of various anger tropes, and details the lead up to the eponymous Breaking Point, while the latter has the aspects of other anger tropes. Basically, they document what happens to anyone who has experienced bullying, to the point where the victim cannot take it anymore and retaliates; the end result being seen in "Temper Temper".
- Vocal Evolution: Both Matt and the former bassist Jay went through significant vocal changes through their work, Matt had a higher voice with a more prominent Welsh accent during the first two EPs and The Poison, which became more neutral in following releases, after his surgery for a long time his screams weren't as intense and sounded more strained, as of writing this post Venom his screams have become more powerful and midrange, though he doesn't scream as often as he used to.
- As for Jay's when the band began he had more of a high scream, more of a pig's squeal, as time went on his scream became deeper, though still pig squealing, he also stopped screaming on the studio versions of songs, only screaming live.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Room 409" is about a man walking in on his partner giving oral sex to another man. "Tears Don't Fall" appears to tell a story of a man cheating on his partner and feeling guilty about it.
- They might even be the two halves of the same story.