Sheffield gets a visit from heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine in November, with the cult emo deities set to ascend the stage at O2 Academy on the 28th. With support provided by American rockers Killswitch Engage, the show ought to be an easy sale for Sheffield’s metalheads, as such big name bands from the world of metalcore are rarely caught together in South Yorkshire. Tickets will be available to buy from 9am tomorrow (Wednesday 24th of August).
Bullet for My Valentine formed in Bridgend, Wales, way back in 1998, drawing inspiration from the likes of Metallica, Nirvana, Iron Maiden and Slayer as they contributed to a rock-oriented music scene in Cardiff, with peers like Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Funeral for a Friend providing the city with a variety of different shades of rock music. Perhaps best known for the steely edge that came from an abundance of successful metal exports, Cardiff saw Bullet for My Valentine become one of its most popular residents, and the band became well known for their aggressive guitars and engaging vocals.
Having released five albums to mainly positive reception, Bullet for My Valentine have established themselves as one of the biggest British rock groups of recent times, with three of said albums hitting the UK top five albums chart. These included two UK Gold winning albums in Scream Aim Fire (2008) and Fever (2010), an accolade also achieved by their 2005 debut The Poison, which reached 21 in the UK. Seeing as they’ve already sold 1.3 million albums in the US and 5 million globally, they shouldn’t be too daunted by Sheffield’s O2 Academy, and guests can expect an assured performance from the Welsh thrashers.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Bullet for My Valentine