When hard rock and alt-metal were in full swing in the mid-2000’s with bands like Trapt, Papa Roach and Avenged Sevenfold, England threw a big punch with Bullet for My Valentine. The band – vocalist and guitarist Matt Tuck, guitarist Michael Paget, drummer Michael Thomas and bassist Jamie Mathias – hit the Billboard 200 with its 2005 debut album “The Poison.” Its brand of melodic metal has landed it on that same chart with all five of its albums landing in the top 20.
Bullet for My Valentine combines the melodic sensibility of hard rock with a snarling sense of aggression and pace that sounds straight out of English punk and hardcore. You get guitar theatrics and tight melodies on such songs as “Your Betrayal,” anthemic choruses as heard on the band’s most recognizable track “Tears Don’t Fall,” and all-out auditory assault on “Scream Aim Fire.” This variety has won two Metal Hammer awards and a slew of Kerrang awards.
Its most recent record, “Venom,” released in August 2015, was described by singer Tuck as a return to the band’s hardcore roots. If that’s any indication, be prepared for one intense metal show when Bullet for My Valentine performs May 9 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 (box office, Ticketfly.com).
– Kris Kielich