Top Pick: Bullet For My Valentine @ O2 Academy
After hitting the heights with Fever in 2010, few could have predicted such a slump in Bullet for My Valentine’s fortunes following the release of 2012’s Temper Temper; a disappointing record by and large – exacerbated by the departure of long-time bassist Jason James – that left the band facing an uncertain future. But with the release of the Bridgend metallers fifth album Venom last year – a welcome return to form – there is an air of redemption about BFMV’s upcoming UK tour.
The run of dates will see the band play in Newport, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester, Birmingham, London, and our very own Sheffield at the O2 Academy on November 28th. And while Bullet may be forging ahead with the next chapter of their career, fortunately for us, the Welsh quartet are still keen to celebrate and remind us of past glories. On what will be its tenth anniversary, Matt Tuck and co will be performing million-selling debut album The Poison (2006) in full at select dates around the UK – with Sheffield included on that exclusive list to hear the likes of ‘4 Words’, ‘Tears Don’t Fall’ and ‘Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow’.
Considering the reputation Killswitch Engage have for being one of the fiercest, most explosive live bands in the business, BFMV deserve immense credit for inviting the Massachusetts metalcore pioneers to join the tour as ‘very special guests’ – themselves enjoying somewhat of a renaissance since rehiring original vocalist Jesse Leach in 2012, following the departure of the much-loved Howard Jones for health reasons.
KSE’s appearances on the tour will be in support of their recently-released seventh album Incarnate. Featuring the singles ‘Strength of the Mind’ and ‘Hate by Design’, the record is another hefty addition to the band’s largely impeccable discography.
Indeed, this Bullet-KSE double-header is one hell of a tour package – a devastating, transatlantic collision course featuring two of the most influential metal bands this century has seen. For the headbanging inclined, November 28th’s Sheffield leg is unmissable.
Tickets available here.