Bullet For My Valentine Gig Review - G Live, Guildford - 3rd October 2015

This venue was a little odd for a heavy metal gig. G Live is a regular theatre in the heart of Guildford with its olde worlde charm and cobbled streets. The foyer is nice and bright with display stands featuring leaflets for an upcoming Peppa Pig show… And as we walked in to said foyer we could hear the unmistakable sound of someone making a F*** LOAD OF NOISE in the auditorium! A tad incongruous, to say the least! This was also a stark, diametrically opposed contrast to the much loved dive bar that is The Underworld in Camden where I saw “Danko Jones” the week before… but I love the contrast!

Anyway, said F*** LOAD OF NOISE makers were a band called “coldrain” and we managed to catch the second half of their set and were pleasantly surprised at how good they were. The Japanese alt/metalcore band were awesome and it would be well worth your time to check them out. Especially new single, “The Revelation” - look it up here on YouTube

Next up were “While She Sleeps”. The best I can say about them is that they seemed enthusiastic - loads of energy, lots of running around. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they are very good at what they do, but what they do just didn’t do it for me. The aforementioned “coldrain” were probably at the extreme edge of the really heavy screamo/metalcore style stuff that I will listen to and “While She Sleeps” were just full on and relentless. Nothing wrong with that if you like that sort of thing! I didn’t… OK, maybe I’m being a bit harsh on “While She Sleeps”, but these reviews are subjective, and I, personally, just don’t like that sort of thing. Your mileage may vary, as they say!

Suitably refreshed with a beer we settled down to the main event… and weren’t in the least bit disappointed, of course! Welsh rockers “Bullet For My Valentine” were celebrating this evening as it was 10 years to the day since their debut album “The Poison” was released, and what a show they gave us, kicking off with “No Way Out”, “4 Words (To Choke Upon)”, “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)”, and “Raising Hell”. They were on top form and I personally enjoyed the lit cabinets behind them - there’s nothing quite as epic as the silhouette of a heavy metal god in full rock out mode!

There was a good mix of new and old tracks throughout the set and, of course, “Tears Don’t Fall” made an appearance near the end, providing me with ample opportunity to sing along to one of my favourite songs! The encore kicked off with “Your Betrayal” and the final song of the evening was “Waking the Demon”

I can’t help but feel that if Metallica were starting out today they would be sounding just like BFMV who seem to embody old style thrash blended with modern metalcore. Not surprising, really, as BFMV cite Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer as inspirations.

All in all, a superb evening’s entertainment!

Reviewer: Simon mills