Bullet For My Valentine:
Everyone predicted it. The metal press, the music industry and especially the gig going kids, they all knew that there was something special about Bridgend based Welsh metallers, Bullet For My Valentine, and now it looks like everyone else is going to know it as well.
2005 was a momentous year for the four piece; selling out their first ever headline tour of the UK, performing bone-shaking sets at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and the Kerrang! Day Of Rock and thats before we even mention rocking Reading festival, video shoots in Slovenian caves, making a splash in Japan and preparing for their first US tour. 2006 has allowed that progress to continue with the band headlining the sold-out UK Kerrang! XXV tour, seen a second Kerrang cover, a second Metal Hammer cover, a Rock Sound cover AND a Big Cheese cover, all in the space of 4 months. This is before we even start with the MTV2 A-listed track and top 30 hit All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me), sold out tours in Germany and Japan and a two month US stint with Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil.
Of course if there is one group of people who are not surprised by their upward velocity this year it is the band themselves. Matt Tuck, vocalist and guitarist, is more matter of fact than arrogant when he says: I know what it is that separates us from most other bands. Its keeping our metal roots; keeping all of the aggressiveness and brutality that weve grown up on, but at the same time writing good songs. You need good melody, good tunes. Then his tongue slips firmly into his cheek as he adds: And when you put it all together in one good looking, young, 21st Century rock band, you cant fail!
The debut album The Poison, released October 3rd 2005, obviously met the demands of the fans, going straight to number one in the rock charts, with four Bullets. It has not left the rock top ten since.
As well as turning in a blistering set at the Kerrang! Day of Rock, where there was almost a riot, they played another foundation rattling gig at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which was all the more surprising because less than 24 hours earlier Matt had been in hospital suffering from exhaustion.
Wed just been doing too much, says Matt. My body just said No more and packed in. But the same protestant work ethic has taken its toll on the rest of the band as well. During a hectic and insanely well-received tour of Japan, affable drummer, Michael Moose Thomas contracted a potentially fatal strain of bird flu! It was horrible, says Moose I was on a drip for a fortnight. They said it was avian flu but I reckon I picked it up in those caves.
Those caves were the Postojna Caves in Slovenia where they filmed the epic video to their last top 40 single Suffocating Under The Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do). It was the most heavy metal place you can imagine, underground with all these stalactites. But I thought they were going to snap off and spear me while I was playing, adds the drummer. It had Enter Traveller In To This Immensity carved in big letters in Latin over the entrance, it was mad, adds laidback guitar man Michael Padge Paget. If we dont watch Matt, adds Manga haired bass monster Jason Jay James, thats what the new album will end up being called.
Black Veil Brides:
Black Veil Brides is a unique combination of metalcore, hair metal, rock, and just a little KISS. Their heavy sound is complemented by a violin (played by Jinxx) and is characterized by a slow yet heavy driving sound. Their look is that of a goth version of Kiss, with the band wearing black and white make-up (each member has their own look) and big, styled black hair. Black Veil Brides concert dates are truly an event, complete with a high energy audience and a high energy performance by the band. While the band hasn't been around for a long time, it hasn't stopped Black Veil Brides from playing tour dates across the country with some popular bands in the black/death metal scene. While Black Veil Brides are done with tour dates for 2011, the success of their recent concert dates guarantees more live performances soon.
The band formed in 2006 and is currently composed of Ashley Purdy on bass and back-up vocals, Jake Pitts on lead guitar, Jinxx on guitar and occasionally the electric violin, Christian Coma on drums, and their charismatic lead singer Andy Six. The band has gathered a large and diverse following due to their blending of contemporary metal and 70's/80's rock. Black Veil Brides was formed in Cincinnati and were easily signed to StandBy Records in September of 2009, just after releasing their single "Knives and Pens". By December of that year they were already on their first US concert tour entitled On Leather Wings. Their first album, We Stitch These Wounds, didn't release until July of 2010 but quickly rose to number one on the Billboard Independent chart.
Black Veil Brides has the release of their second album, Set the World on Fire slated for June 21, 2011. It has already been announced that the album's title track will be used in the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie. Recently, the band headlined 2011 tour dates on the Ap tour, which featured Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, I See Stars, Versaemerge, and Conditions. With the release of an album in June, fans can expect more tour dates in 2011 in promotion of the album. Despite Black Veil Brides' recent rise to success, there will be plenty of opportunities to see them on concert dates and immerse in new music.
Throw The Fight:
“Rock and roll is everything,” says Throw The Fight’s Ryan Baustert. “To us, there’s nothing else.”
It’s obvious by their aptly named full-length debut, In Pursuit of Tomorrow, that Baustert and his TTF collaborators have made the single-minded sacrifice to put it all on the line. It’s a D.I.Y., take-no-prisoners, gritty plea to be heard, and a passionate pitch for massive audiences, all of which Throw The Fight utterly deserve. “At the end of the day,” says singer James Clark, “we really feel with all the work we’ve put in and the music we make that we deserve this chance.”
Thousands already agree; the Minneapolis quintet is on the brink of hugeness having built a passionate fanbase through several years of gripping live shows. They’re a gifted bunch that has it all: work ethic, energy, ambition, and chops. Put it together and you’ve got the essential ingredients for success. “It’s exciting right now,” says Baustert, “because something new is coming up for us almost every day. Putting all that work in has finally started paying dividends.”
TTF earned one of their first big breaks back in 2006 when they were voted by their fans as one of the Top 10 Unsigned Bands by Alternative Press. The accolades brought attention, and that attention bred confidence. Making AP’s list had a direct impact on the band’s approach. Suddenly, Throw The Fight was on the map.
They wrote and recorded an EP, which secured the band a deal with Cordless Recordings. During this time the band embarked on a search for one key missing ingredient: the perfect frontman, which ended when they found Clark, a Brit who had relocated Stateside to attend high school and college. Once Clark was brought into the fold, TTF’s momentum surged. His voice — pitch-perfect and powerful — was the missing element.
It almost didn’t happen. “Minneapolis producer, Matt Kirkwold, called me up. He didn’t tell me what band he was speaking for,” says Clark. “He just told me he wanted me to audition and to bring in some lyrics.” That audition and those lyrics went on to produce one of TTF’s pivotal songs, “The Wreckage.”
The band believes that Clark’s work, and specifically “The Wreckage” helped TTF develop its persona. “It really helps us stand apart, and gives you a good idea of what we’re about. It’s guitar-driven and heavy, with catchy melodies and melodic vocals. It’s not simple stuff, but when we play it, people get it.”
Yeah, people get it. TTF has the “X factor” shared by successful acts like Killswitch Engage, Story of the Year, and Rise Against. The onstage force — seen nationally on 2007’s Warped Tour — is undeniable, and so are the melodies. In Pursuit of Tomorrow roars like fire tearing across a hayfield. In addition to “The Wreckage,” other key tracks include the radio ready, “It’s For You” and “His Blood, My Hands,” at the other extreme. “We tried to cover the whole spectrum of who we are as a band,” says Baustert.
They cover that spectrum in part because everyone contributes to the songwriting. “I’m used to writing everything on my own,” Clark admits. “But in Throw The Fight everyone shares the responsibility.”
The album’s opener, “Ready for War,” busts out with a tight blast of hard rock, aggressive vocals and the classic metal influenced dueling guitars of Baustert and Joey Ulrich. “Stop Yourself” brings the noise in the form of a thrashy Metallica chord figure only to give way to a catchy vocal melody and a friendly, sing-along hook. Throughout the disc they keep it brisk while adding passages of iron-heaviness, rockin’ riffs, and dizzying breakdowns.
In Pursuit of Tomorrow is an immense listen that keeps its audience unexpectedly off balance, wrung out and satisfied. Taking square aim with their big rock hooks and searing metal riffs, Throw the Fight demands to be heard loud and clear.