Download Review: Bullet For My Valentine
Despite all manner of protestations, accusations and inane questions over the band’s metal cred, Bullet For My Valentine have earned the right to be called the biggest British metal band since Iron Maiden but at the spiritual home of metal and playing to a crowd that’s not exclusively made up of Bullet fans (despite the racket being made by their fans), this was the time to prove doubters wrong and make their point once and for all.
To be frank, they do that and then some in what is sure to be one of the most impressive and bollock-blowingly brilliant sets of the whole weekend.
Opening with a devastating one-two of Your Betrayal and Fever, Bullet are men on a mission to blow minds and bang heads. 4 Words To Choke Upon is on a different level, Scream Aim Fire is a lesson in melodic metal that any band can learn from and All These Things I Hate and Tears Don’t Fall are perfect for 60,000 metalheads to shred their vocal chords to.
It wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say that BFMV came of age in front of everyone’s eyes this evening. That they come within centimeters of stealing the day from AC/DC lets you know what kind of stature the Brit-metal heroes have grown into. Miss their arena tour at your peril.