Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine play Ipswich Corn Exchange this autumn
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Welsh heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine hit Ipswich this autumn, reinvented and ready to take on the world according to front-man Matt Tuck.
The multi-million album selling trio of Tuck, guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget and drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas are promoting fifth studio album Venom, out on August 14. They are also welcoming fellow Welshman Jamie Mathias as their new bass player and backing singer.
Venom is a step forward for the band.
“It’s pretty hard to sum up an entire record after spending so much time writing and recording it and all the blood, sweat and tears that have come with this one especially,” said Tuck, adding it wasn’t easy revisiting some very dark places to come up with lyrical content.
“Once I knew where it was heading and I was comfortable with letting certain things out all hell broke loose. It’s easily the most aggressive record we’ve ever done and lyrically it will no doubt touch a nerve with a lot of people that listen to it.
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“I can’t express enough how proud I am of it, and can’t wait for everyone out there to hear it too. We’ve reinvented who we are and are ready to take on the world once more.”
Fans can get a taste of the band’s harder delivery and more complex song structure by listening to new song No Way Out.
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“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn’t been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded,” said Tuck.
“It’s one of, if not the heaviest, tracks we’ve ever recorded musically and lyrically. I’ve lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it’s a hell of a ride.”
Having sold out arenas across the UK, they are spending this summer on a headline tour of South America, as well as playing alongside Slipknot and Lamb of God.
The UK leg sees them play venues off the beaten track.
They play Ipswich Corn Exchange on October 22. Tickets are on sale from 9am this Friday.