This metalcore band was formed in 1998 in Bridgend, Wales, by Matthew Tuck (20 January 1980, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales; guitar/vocals), Michael Paget (b. 12 September 1978, Wales; guitar/vocals), Michael Thomas (b. 4 June 1981, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales; drums) and Nik Crandle (bass). The quartet was originally known as Jeff Killed John and struggled to get by on the live circuit, playing a mixture of original material and cover version of heavy metal songs. Things began to look up when Jason James (b. 13 January 1981, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales) was brought in as a replacement for Cradle, and the band changed its name to Opportunity In Chicago and then Bullet For My Valentine. Their early demos caught the ear of the independent label Visible Noise, who signed the quartet in 2004 and released their debut EPs, Bullet For My Valentine and Hand Of Blood (with worldwide distribution by Sony BMG). The EPs set out the quartets stall, with its blend of ferocious old-school metal and emocore earning Bullet For My Valentine comparisons to fellow countrymen Lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend. The following years album debut, The Poison, received an encouraging welcome in the UK rock press and led to an invitation from Kerrang! magazine to headline their 25th anniversary tour.
Despite a ill fated tour with Rob Zombie, the quartet built up a large cult following in the USA on the back of the album. The 2008 follow-up Scream Aim Fire was an obvious attempt to court the American market, with the amps turned way up and an aggressive, all-out metal attack.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.