Bullet For My Valentine brings out their big guns and greatest hits from their back catalogue to satisfy a metal hungry Glasgow crowd.
Tonight Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine are dressed sharply in shirts, ties and waistcoats, with bass player Jamie Matthias opting for more of an open collar and braces look. The band begin the night with the highly charged and energetic “No Way Out” and “Skin” from their latest album Venom. The audience fully embraces this and throughout the course of the evening, they give off the same high energy and vibe throughout.
Older song “Your Betrayal” impresses with some thunderous drumming from touring drummer Jason Bowld before the proceedings are slowed down somewhat for the ballad “Venom”, which sounds exceptional live. The band make good use of some intimate lighting and effects throughout.
Songs from BFMV’s most recent album Venom feature heavily in the set and these songs sit side by side with several numbers from earlier in the band’s career including their brilliant debut album The Poison, Scream Aim Fire and Fever. Another of the band’s newer songs “You Want A Battle (Here’s A War)” has one of the most anthemic, melodic choruses of which the fans hang on every word.
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck begins “The Last Fight” on his own, singing intimately with the fans joining in before the band provide further backing. The sing-along songs continue to flow as Tuck introduces “Hearts Burst Into Fire”, which Tuck explains that the band has only started playing again recently, he comments that the video for the song “has some crazy Scottish people at the start”. Tuck referencing the fans chanting Bullet outside of the very same venue that they are playing tonight.
BFMV end their main set with “Hand Of Blood” from their debut album, which is a very popular choice with the Glasgow fans and results in frenzied moshing from the crowd. Those sitting in the upper balcony would have been dazzled by the wonderful light arrangements and strobe effects, which light up the venue with spectacular effect.
BFMV ensure they end the night on a high as they play encore opener and fan favourite “Tears Don’t Fall”, which seems to bring back many memories for those looking back on their youth. The whole of the venue wholeheartedly joining in. The aggressive “Waking The Demon” keeps the moshers happy with some blistering guitar licks from Michael Paget who perfectly accompanies and compliments the playing of Matt Tuck.
It must be said that Mathias provides some slick bass grooves throughout as well as some wonderful deep, gritty, growly vocals where required throughout the night. The band’s touring drummer Jason Bowld is a powerhouse and works in unison with Mathias in the rhythm section.
BFMV close out the night with their most recent release “Don’t Need You”, this track sounds like a future classic and is comparable to the band’s earlier releases. Tuck announces that the band will return next year along with another new album.
The Glasgow crowd revered in the highly energetic greatest hits based set for the main, but BFMV also focuses on some great new material from their latest album Venom. On the strength of tonight’s show, the BMFV fans will be eagerly awaiting their return over the coming months ahead.
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