Live: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE // Alexandra Palace, London
Playing Alexandra Palace a decade after their first show there, the band looked more at home than ever in the capital.
Welsh heavy metal rockers Bullet For My Valentine played their first show at the people’s palace a decade ago, so perhaps it was no surprise that there was an incredible buzz amongst fans eager to see the band on Saturday evening. Despite the wet weather outside, there were still legions of dedicated fans who queued outside, eager to catch the band in the best spot possible.
Having been a band for so long, it comes as no surprise that BFMV have a whole host of tracks under their belts, and the extensive setlist was sure to wet the appetite of every fan. Leap Of Faith was an exhilarating opening, as the band hid behind a screen of flashing lights before it dropped as the guitars kicked in.
The band certainly did not cut back on production, with an insane lighting rig that flashed and beamed along to the rapid beats, and we had only gotten to the second track of the evening, Over It, before confetti canons were set off.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, tracks such as 4 Words (To Choke Upon) and Tears Don’t Fall got some of the loudest sing-alongs of the evening, although make no mistake, there was a constant feedback from the crowd. Frontman Matt Tuck evidently lapped off the crowd’s energy, declaring with a smile, “London, you guys are fucking amazing. Thank you.”
A crazy drum solo after Not Dead Yet was thrilling to witness, but everyone was back on jumping duties as Scream Aim Fire definitely provided some fuel to the fiery dynamic building within the venue. The call-to-arms You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War) gave the crowd no chance to rest, but with the amount of zest displayed by the crowd, you wouldn’t have guessed that we were 12 songs in already.
Saturday night proved that there’s a good reason why Bullet For My Valentine have been able to consistently play such humongous venues for so long, and breathing new life into their older tracks, we’re reminded of how they’ve managed to capture so much attention since they entered the scene in 1998.
Photos: Athena Kam