Bullet For My Valentine’s Jason Bowld Says He Turned Down Playing In Ghost

During a chat with Alternative Press, Bullet For My Valentine drummer Jason Bowld revealed that he was approached about joining Ghost in 2016, but he ended up deciding not to take the gig. He said the following about that: “At the end of 2016, I got asked to join another band, which I didn’t want to do—a band called Ghost. It just didn’t feel right.” He also added:

“Bullet came along that same week. I started playing with the band in 2010 as a session drummer, filled in and didn’t think anything else after that. Then Matt called me at the end of 2015. A week turned into a month, a month turned into three months and here I am. It feels like a natural progression. Shit happens in bands all the time, and you just have to move on with it. I’m the new drummer and loving it, quite frankly.”

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Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck Says “Gravity” Was Inspired By His Struggles With Anxiety And Depression

Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck was recently interviewed by WhatCulture and opened up about the band’s upcoming album “Gravity” (out June 29). He says the lyrics on the effort are “very personal” and that they deal with his recent struggles with anxiety and depression.

Tuck said the following:

“It’s very personal; it’s all about me. The last two years of my life have been very up and down emotionally. I’ve been through a break-up and I have a family, and all that stuff has taken its toll. That led into a bit of a downer: I had issues with anxiety and then some depression issues. So I’m just telling people all about that.”

“It’s showing a very different side to me that I’ve never shown before. It’s [a] very vulnerable, tender and up-and-down version of me. It wasn’t something that I intended to do, but the more I was doing it, the better the songs started to become. The more tortured I’ve been, the better this album has become. Such a cliché! [Laughs] But it is my favorite Bullet record.”

He also added the following when asked how he overcame anxiety and depression:

“It was more just being mentally strong enough to deal with it, unfortunately. I’m not a very outgoing person and I like to bottle things up. I don’t like to speak about my emotions to people, so I think having the band and music really, really helped me. Otherwise, it would still be inside. I used it as an outlet and, as the songs started to develop, I felt like I had a purpose again. I didn’t even want to write songs; I couldn’t be arsed. I just kind of dealt with it. I had the outlet of songwriting, and as soon as that started, I went to a therapist. Then the break-up thing started to calm down, so it took a lot of time and a lot of things coming together at the right time.”

Tuck went on to say the “Gravity” title comes from the idea of “the weight of the world on your shoulders constantly dragging you down. And then, having the wings on the [album’s front cover] is the moment where you can just fucking take off. Having them look super vibrant was purposeful: we didn’t want it to be all doom and gloom.”

Threat Signal’s Travis Montgomery Joins New Band Featuring Still Remains, Ex-Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Members

It was previously revealed that former Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas, Still Remains guitarist Jordan Whelan, and Throw The Fight frontman James Clark had joined forces in a new project. Now, the group have also announced the addition of Threat Signal guitarist Travis Montgomery to their ranks. The band have been in the studio recording their debut release with Colin Richardson.

[via The PRP]

Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Nine Inch Nails, Etc. Set For 2018 Louder Than Life Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Louder Than Life festival. The event will take place on September 28-30 at Champions Park in Louisville, KY and it will include the following:

September 28: Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, Breaking Benjamin, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Seether, Black Stone Cherry, Skillet, Underoath, Suicidal Tendencies, Red Sun Rising, Tremonti, Bad Wolves, Turnstile, Jelly Roll, Hyro The Hero, Badflower, Islander, and True Villains.

September 29: Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, HELLYEAH, Body Count, Pop Evil, Sevendust, GWAR, Dance Gavin Dance, From Ashes To New, Sick Puppies, Cane Hill, Bad Omens, Blacktop Mojo, Awake At Last, Stone Broken, and The Jacks.

September 30: Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Ice Cube, Primus, Billy Idol, Action Bronson, Clutch, Asking Alexandria, Yelawolf, The Sword, Glassjaw, The Fever 333, Monster Magnet, Spirit Animal, The Dose, and The Breton Sound.

Bullet For My Valentine Premiere “Letting You Go” Music Video

Bullet For My Valentine have premiered a new video for their song “Letting You Go.” This track is from the band’s new album “Gravity,” which will be released on June 29. Matt Tuck commented:

“‘Letting You Go‘ was a very challenging song to write in so many ways. It’s by far the most experimental track I’ve ever written musically and lyrically. I really wanted to make a track that stood out from the crowd and separated us from any other band in our genre, and that’s exactly what ‘Letting You Go‘ does.”

Incubus, Blink-182, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Etc. Set For 2018 Riot Fest

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Riot Fest in Chicago, IL. The event will take place on September 14-16 at Douglas Park, and it will include: Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Incubus, Young The Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt And Kim, The Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, The Voidz, The Front Bottoms, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, The Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat power, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Hot Snakes, Wolfmother, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, Fear, Andrew W.K., Gwar, The Aquabats, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Face To Face, The Exploited, The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Conflict, Piebald, Adolescents, The Avengers, Cobra Skulls, Health, Calpurnia, Kevin Devine, The Frights, The Districts, Arkells, The Audition, Spitalfield, Flor, Speet Ortiz, Bully, Lower Class Crats, Total Chaos, The Fever 333, Direct Hit!, Mom Jeans, Mannequin Pussy, Pronoun, Beach Goons, The Bombpops, Badflower, Save Face, Super Whatevr, Beach Bunny, No Small Children, and Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.

Satyricon & Dark Tranquillity Added To In Flames’ Borgholm Brinner Festival

Satyricon and Dark Tranquillity have both been added to In Flames’ Borgholm Brinner festival. They will join previously announced acts Bullet For My Valentine, Tribulation, Raised Fist, Comeback Kid, Danko Jones, and Graveyard. The event will take place on July 27-28 at the Borgholm Castle in Borgholm, Sweden, and it will feature music, food, drinks, and extra surprises.