Since their inception in 2003, the Welsh quartet Bullet for My Valentine have been taking cues from '80s metal bands and the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, dark rock with, well, metal tendencies. Coming from Bridgend, South Wales -- breeding ground for the likeminded Funeral For A Friend and Lostprophets -- the group consists of childhood friends Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar), Michael Padget (guitar/vocals), Jason James (bass/vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). Everyone in the group, except James, had been performing together for a few years in Jeff Killed John, when the day before entering the recording studio, their bassist abruptly walked out.
Regrouping under the new name Bullet for My Valentine with James on board, they reworked their sound and were signed at their second gig by London's Visible Noise. They released a self-titled EP in the U.K. in November 2004, and May 2005 saw the band sign to the U.S.-based Trustkill ,followed by a re-release of their first EP with one extra track "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" included, with the new EP being called Hand of Blood. Their debut full-length studio album, The Poison, was released in October 2005, with two tracks from Hand of Blood included in it. That same year they won Kerrang!'s Best British Newcomer Award and headlined the magazine's XXV tour. With February 2006 came the U.S. release of The Poison, followed by a nationwide tour in support of Rob Zombie before Bullet for My Valentine headed back to the U.K. in June for their third stint at the Download Festival.
- Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar)
- Michael Padget (guitar/vocals)
- Jason James (bass/vocals)
- Michael Thomas (drums)