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Bullet For My Valentine - Live At Brixton Review

by Dan MacIntosh

The band Bullet For My Valentine has the stereotypical look of an everyday neighborhood emo band – tight jeans, hair covering eyes, the whole deal. But if you close your eyes momentarily, you’ll also hear plenty of classic British heavy metal running through their musical mix, too. This band even uses flying v-neck guitars, just like their priestly maiden forefathers. A duel nature does not mean they are evil, as though they were wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing attempting to fool the world. It’s just important to describe this outfit exactly as it is.

Although vocalist Matthew Tuck talks tough, screaming instead of singing, the group’s lyrics might easily pass for heartsick emo band love letters. Although brutal metal acts, like Iron Maiden, took on mythical beasts, anti-Christ figures and such, Bullet For My Valentine is squarely focused on romantic heartbeats within, instead. “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)” is a song title that also pinpoints where these depressed little heads are at. “Torn apart at the seams and my dreams turn to tears,” Tuck weeps it out over charging guitars.

This DVD is broken into four distinct parts. It opens with a concert video, “Live At Brixton,” which was filmed on January 28, 2006. It presents the group performing twelve songs in front of a devoted audience. The second segment is comprised of five music videos. These videos hardly differ much from the concert footage, however, because most of them simply show the group playing its songs, concert style, on a soundstage. Bullet For My Valentine is apparently not much for conceptual clips. This video collection is followed by documentaries and behind the scenes stuff. Lastly, there is a lyric section and a photo gallery. With only one legitimate full-length under its belt (“The Poison”), this DVD sure offers a whole lot of material for such a young band.

Avenged Sevenfold’s recent success suggests that metal can be tailored to the alternative rock world. Perhaps Bullet For My Valentine can tap into that narrow niche. Avenged Sevenfold’s ability to make indie kids dig metal is surprising -- perhaps a fluke. This may decrease Bullet For My Valentine’s chances greatly.

But for those more apt to growl their inner pain, rather than merely whine about it, this Bullet might well have your name on it.

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