Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Atreyu opened the stage leading off their set with “Stop! Before It’s Too Late and we’ve Destroyed it All” from 2009’s “Congregation of the Damned.” The set pulled from a variety of the band’s albums including crowd favourites “Bleeding Mascara” and “The Crimson” from 2004’s “The Curse”. The Orange County metal core band has appeared as support during their last couple of trips to Colorado. Neither set came close to touching how well they performed this show. It was a great showing for fans that were seeing Atreyu for the first time as well as those who caught their last few sets around town.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

When the moment finally comes for the boys from Sheffield to take to the stage, They really do command attention. From the way the floor is heaving and the front row is screaming, you’d never know it. As the UK’s Bring Me The Horizon lays down the brutality of breakdowns, death growls, and chugging riffs, the thought occurs that they might not know either. Ollie Sykes, who seems to have aged slightly and looks better for it, bursts into his heavy vocals and the crowd lap it up. After playing “The Sadness Will Never End” Ollie came on to thank so many people to come to see them, with there being such diversity in the age of people in the arena and fans of both themselves and Bullet For My Valentine. The only real let down was the sound. At some points the guitars could have been louder and vocalist Ollie’s vocals were poor to say the least but the band didn’t seem to care. They were here to play music. The climax of the evening came when Ollie announced a ‘Death Wall’ which involved the entire floor smashing into each other to the ripping sounds of “Chelsea Smile”. Bring Me The Horizon have come a long way from their humble roots, and there is nothing stopping them from complete domination. The sound and the audience are both at their fingertips.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Having made enough waves to hit their first arena tour, Bullet For My Valentine hit the stage representing the United Kingdom with their backdrop as the flag with flamethrowers blazing. Headlining the NIA is no mean feat and merely plodding around the stage, playing all the songs off your album, dressed like everyman’s best mate does not sound like fun to me. That’s why the Bullet… boys emerge onto the stage in a blaze of true glory; every single one decked out in traditional “metal” style.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Their formidable front man, Matt Tuck rushes around the stage glaring ominously and throwing every single rock pose your daddy never taught you the crowd splits in two to create a scene of pure violence in a vicious mosh. After starting their set on some of their more recent hits the band come out with “Waking the Demon” with everyone screaming the lyrics back into Matt Tuck’s face. The set was carried out with this same outstanding proficiency from start to finish running through a million fine metal riffs that crunch and twinkle alternately. With the overt showmanship not dwindling for one moment this was a performance to remember.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

For me, Bullet have always been a bit of a funny one. They hit the middle ground in that they’re not quite as polished and taut as many of the more successful American rock bands but similarly they aren’t flawed enough or playing the British underdog character to be welcomed by all and sundry. With a career path reminiscent of the Lostprophets, Bullet For My Valentine have the ability to perform a metal master class on a whim and possess ample rock attitude to succeed on both sides of the pond and good luck to them.

Gig photos by Gobinder Jhitta

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