BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's MATT TUCK Says Fans Wanted A More 'Pissed-Off' Band On New Album

June 11, 2015

Guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE spoke to Billboard.com about the songwriting process for the band's forthcoming fifth studio album, "Venom", which will be released on August 14 via RCA. Tuck said that the group's fans wanted to hear "a more angry, aggressive" sound this time around than the material on BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's 2013 effort, "Temper Temper". "People were wanting a pissed-off band, and it's hard to write stuff like that when I don't feel like that on a personal level," he explained. "So it was more visiting these places and writing this style of song which I did before the band got signed, which ultimately got us where we are today. It was just taking that onboard and making a conscious effort to do something that wasn't very nice."

He continued: "Some of the most horrible, nasty lyrics are some of the [band's] most popular songs" — tracks like "Tears Don't Fall", "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" and "Four Words (To Choke Upon)". "It's weird how people have such a strong reaction and a positive reaction to songs or lyrics which aren't very nice at all, but I guess that's why people love our band in the first place."

Tuck revealed that one of the songs featured on "Venom", "You Want A Battle? (Here's A War)" is about being bullied — something that he experienced a lot while at school because he "was not a really cool kid. I was into heavy metal music and had long hair."

Tuck wrote the track to reassure fans that bullying "happens to everybody, and it's not a nice place to be when that happens. It took me a long time to actually pluck up the courage mentally and physically to stand up for myself, so it was kind of momentous moment for me. I had lost all these battles in my young life, and all of a sudden I was growing into a young man. I was able to stand up for myself and defend myself, and the band actually became something big and special and just like the biggest ‘fuck you' to everyone. That's what that song's about, really. It's about going through hard times and coming through the other side."

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will join SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour later this year, along with LAMB OF GOD and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. The trek kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas.


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