Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine are currently on the road to promote their forthcoming album, Gravity, which drops at the end of June, and brought the journey to NYC’s famed Irving Plaza last Thursday to perform before a packed house at the sold-out show. BFMV, as their fans refer to them, have changed quite a bit since The Poison, and I mean that in a good way. 2006 was a long time ago and the band has evolved musically, and that evolution was on full display at Irving as the band went through 16 songs from 5 of their 6 – including the as-yet-unreleased Gravity – albums, chronicling the band’s history as they rocked the house for 90-ish minutes.
After what appeared to be some minor technical difficulties before BFMV’s set, the show got rolling with Don’t Need You and never slowed down as the band ripped through tunes like Your Betrayal, 4 Words (To Choke Upon), You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War), Piece of Me, Scream Aim Fire, and The Poison. Mixed in with all of those were a solo rendition of Army of Noise and an epic drum solo just for good measure. After The Poison concluded, the audio track known as V – the intro to the band’s album Venom – was piped through the Irving Plaza speakers as BFMV ran through three more songs for the encore.
That little encore consisted of No Way Out, Tears Don’t Fall and Waking The Demon. That was that, the night was over, and BFMV destroyed Irving Plaza with a phenomenal set. I don’t know why they fell off my radar in recent years – maybe it’s because my tastes have changed as I get older, maybe it’s because there are so many new bands staking their claim in the scene that it’s hard to keep up with everyone – but BFMV are definitely back in a big way, and seeing them for the first time has me stoked for Venom next month.
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