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Bullet for My Valentine are a four-piece metalcore band from Bridgend, South Wales. Originally known as Jeff Killed John, the band formed in 1997 and covered songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Financial difficulties marked a change in music direction and name for the band. Bullet for My Valentine were formed in 2003, and were offered a record deal by Roadrunner Records. The offer was turned down, and the band later secured a five album deal with Sony BMG. Bullet for My Valentine's debut album The Poison was released on October 3, 2005 in the United Kingdom and February 14, 2006 in the United States. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 128, and the Top Heatseekers chart at number 1, and has sold 375,000 copies in the U.S. as of February 6, 2008. Bullet released a live DVD(Live at Brixton)when they played the poison live. The album received mixed reviews and was criticised for being "predictable", but was praised for its synchronised song structures. Embarking on several tours to support the album, the band made appearances at the Download Festival, Kerrang! XXV, and a United States tour with Rob Zombie, which the band were ultimately kicked off due to vocalist Matthew Tuck's comments on the band's message board. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album Scream Aim Fire debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 53,000.
Bullet for My Valentine are influenced by bands such as Metallica, Annihilator, Pantera, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Testament, Slayer, Stuck Mojo, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Paget classifies these influences as "old school thrash". These bands inspire Bullet for My Valentine's "catchy vocals, aggressive riffs and melodies". Reviewing The Poison, Blabbermouth.net reviewer Scott Alisoglu described the band's sound as "predictable" and the album as a "made-for-MTVIn Flames. However, Alisoglu praised songs such as "Tears Don't Fall" for incorporating "twin lead work, thrashy romps, galloping tempos, and a hot solo". breakout hit" comparing the harmonies to Swedish metal band The members are not interested in modern music as Padget described it as "just about noise and smashing people's faces off for seven minutes, we're not into that just being loud for the sake of it". Members of the band have stated they would not change their sound or image for a commercial approach. Tuck commented "Without sounding harsh, we're more interested in what our music sounds like than what our fucking hair looks like". Kirk Miller of Decibel magazine praised the band for the effort in synchronised song structures.