Friday 16th October 2015
O2 Academy, Leicester
Following the release of their 5th studio album ‘Venom’, which has completely stormed the charts around the world; and during the month when ‘The Poison’ turns 10 years old, Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine head out on their UK tour and make a stop in Leicester along the way.
With it being nearly 2 years since their ‘Rule Britannia Tour’, and the first with new bassist Jamie Mathias (formally of ‘Revoker’), fans completely sold out the venue, as they were eager to live this pivotal moment with the band. On this very day we were also treated to the official release of the music video for their next hit ‘Venom’. Excitement and adrenaline was certainly running high through the crowds as they waited patiently to get their tickets scanned.
Support for the tour wasn’t announced until long after tickets had sold out, but when Coldrain and While She Sleeps were added to the bill, minds simply could not apprehend how magnificent this was going to be – so much metal in one room! While She Sleeps will also be joining the guys on their ‘British Invasion Tour’ of North America, and these guys really know how to tear it up, so America; prepare yourselves.
The evening was filled with material from the new album; which saw Matt Tuck opening up and bellowing straight in to ‘No Way Out’, and continuing to give a flavorsome selection of tracks such as ‘You Want a Battle (Here’s a War)’, ‘Venom’, and ‘Army of Noise’. When it was announced that the guys were back in the studio putting together their next album, Matt Tuck unveiled that it would be their heaviest album yet and that they were back working with Colin Richardson who produced their first 2 albums ‘The Poison’ and ‘Scream Aim Fire’. Clearly a good decision as ‘Venom’ has since had chart domination, and given something back to the fans to which they can relate. Since the release of ‘Temper Temper’, which could be argued as not the strongest album for the band, this has taken us back to those sounds and elements that the fans treasure; but this time with added riffage.
Thanking the fans for their support over the years, the set list was laced with those classic crowd pleasers such as ‘4 Words (To Choke Upon), ‘Scream Aim Fire’, and ‘Tears Don’t Fall’. Following the first 10 tracks and heading towards the encore, Lead Guitarist, Michael Paget gave the crowd a skin crawling, hair rising guitar solo. It was a pleasure to hear that signature sound coming from Michael’s guitar and hearing it in all its glory. You appreciate it even more when it’s laid bare, and the whole room came to a stand still in admiration.
No Way Out
4 Words (To Choke Upon)
You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)
Scream Aim Fire
The Last Fight
– Guitar Solo –
Army of Noise
Tears Don’t Fall
Hand of Blood
Waking the Demon