Michael “Padge” Paget On Upcoming Bullet For My Valentine Album: “It’s, Like, The Heaviest Bullet Stuff You’ve Ever Heard”

During a recent appearance on Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle’s “The Ex-Man” podcast, Bullet For My Valentine guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the new material is “the heaviest Bullet stuff you’ve ever heard.”

Padge said the following:

“We’re, I’d say, 85 percent [done] writing. We did a bunch last year. Obviously, we did fuck all this year. Matt [Tuck]’s been down the last few weeks, down at my place, up in the garage, in the studio, so we’ve been demoing. I think we’ve got about five or six in the last few weeks as well — four or five, maybe — to add to the list. There’s about 20 songs, but we’re weeding out the [best] ones [for the album].”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“It’s heavy as fuck — it’s, like, the heaviest BULLET stuff you’ve ever heard, which is cool. Everyone’s vibing. [Matt is] cool. I’m cool. The [rest of the] boys are cool. It’s just we need to get out of this [pandemic] situation we’re in so that music carries on and we can put on shows again. Same as everybody else that’s in the same situation.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pitchshifter Release “EFKD 2020” EP

Pitchshifter have released a new EP titled “EFKD 2020.“ The effort, which can be purchased HERE, features several new versions of “Everything’s Fucked“ featuring members of Static-X, Fear Factory, Bullet For My Valentine, etc.

JS Clayden commented:

“I thought that everything was as messed up as it was going to get in the year 2000 when we originally released the ‘Everything’s F**ked’ single; but we’re two decades down the road and the lyrics are still applicable. We’re living in a slow-motion apocalypse. What better way to finally jockey clown ship earth off the bluffs than a re-issue of a 20-year-old tune lamenting the madness with a bunch of like-minded deviant provocateurs, and some live dates?”

Here’s the various guests:

– Tony Campos (Static-X)
– Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory)
– Jason Bowld (Bullet For My Valentine)
– Arya Goggin (Skindred)
– Zak Tell (Clawfinger)
– Patrik Wiren (Misery Loves Company)
– Frank Turner
– Mikee Goodman (SikTh)
– Jot Maxi (Hacktivist)
– Adam Frakes-Sime (Stamping Ground)
– Karl Middleton (Earthtone9)
– Paul Fletcher (Romeo Must Die)
– Dan Cook (Raging Speedhorn)
– Frank Regan (Raging Speedhorn)
– Kit Conrad (Seething Akira)
– Charlie Bowes (Seething Akira)

Here’s the band’s 2021 dates:

11/29 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
11/30 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
12/01 Bristol, UK – SWX (with Raging Speedhorn)
12/02 London, UK – Highbury Garage
12/03 London, UK – Highbury Garage (with Hangman Hill)
12/04 Nottingham, UK – Rock City (with Raging Speedhorn)
12/05 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Call On U.K. Government To Save The Live Music Scene

Over 1,500 artists, including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, etc., have voiced their support for UK Music’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign. The musicians have signed an open letter to the government in an effort “to get the public and financial support the industry needs to survive.”

The #LetTheMusicPlay campaign says the following:

“UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2, 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Matt Tuck Says Bullet For My Valentine Are Working On “Very Heavy” And “Very Technical” Music For Their New Album

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck offered an update on the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the group have about seven songs demoed and the new material is “very heavy” and “very technical.”

Tuck said said the following:

“We’ve never had this much [material] at this stage pre-recording. There are seven [songs], I think, which are finished — in my eyes, anyways — vocals and everything, demoed up and ready to go. So it’s good. We’ve got a good head start. And then this [coronavirus pandemic] happened, and it’s kind of stopped the train. So it’s not ideal, and we did have a lot of plans for the rest of the year for writing and making the record, which are on the backburner now until further notice. It’s not the end of the world, but we’re really glad now that we took the time last year and the beginning of this year to write and record a demo rather than just sit on our asses, like we are being forced to right now.”

“Looking back at the last year, and then taking the decision to take this year off to write and record, take our time, don’t rush anything, was the best decision the band could have made. ‘Cause we don’t have any of the touring headaches that a lot of bands have that obviously had festivals booked this year and touring schedules, and it’s just stopped all of that. So we’re lucky in the sense that we don’t any of that going on, but it’s still kind of spoiling the flow factor that we had six weeks ago when things were on fire again and we kind of have to put the brakes on for a bit. But it’s okay — we’ll be fine. We weren’t scheduled to start making the record till September at the earliest anyway. So we’ll just see this out and do some writing in the meantime.”

He continued after being asked about the musical direction:

“It’s pretty brutal, to be honest. It couldn’t be more of a contrast with ‘Gravity’ in a ferocious style. It’s very technical. I don’t know why. You’ve just gotta go with what you wanna go with — as a band, as a musician, as a songwriter, you’ve just gotta go with what’s floating your boat, and this time around, the heavy stuff is just coming out in masses. The riffs are crushing. There’s probably 60 percent aggressive vocals, 40 [percent] clean, which is a ratio we’ve never really dabbled with before. It’s very heavy, it’s very technical. For the BULLET fans out there that kind of like that side of this band, it’s very cool and very exciting. It feels good.”

Tuck also confirmed that the initial sessions are taking place with producer Carl Bown:

“It’s just good to have him onboard during the writing process. We have got plans to work with other people later in the year, and that was all kind of ready to go, but we’re not sure where we stand with that now because of schedules and [the coronavirus-related delays] having a knock-off effect and [us] not being able to start probably till 2021 now. We just don’t know if we wanna wait that long. So we may have to kind of let that go, which is a real shame. I don’t wanna say anything just yet, in case it still does happen. As it stands, we’ve just been demoing and writing, and that’s me and the band and with our friend Carl Bown.”

[via Blabbermouth]

From Ashes To New Parody Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” With “Wake Me Up When 2020 Ends”

From Ashes To New have shared a new parody of Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” A video for the track, which is titled “Wake Me Up When 2020 Ends,” can be found below:

In other news, the band have also been sharing a series of quarantine covers in recent weeks. You can find their versions of Bullet For My Valentine’s “Tears Don’t Fall,” Papa Roach’s “Gravity,” which features Skillet’s Jen Ledger, Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life,” and Linkin Park’s “Faint” below:

Bullet For My Valentine Team Up With Lyme Bay Winery For “Waking The Demon” Honey Mead

Bullet For My Valentine have teamed up with Lyme Bay Winery to create “Waking The Demon” honey mead. You can purchase that at wakingthedemon.co.uk. Here’s a description of the beverage:

“Waking the Demon Honey Mead is a ferment of honey, water and spices to create a smooth, rich drink which can be enjoyed on its own or mixed as a base for cocktails. A rich honey flavour with balanced acidity, honeyed notes and a backing of gentle spice. Like the Demon, there is hidden strength here (14.5% ABV) and not to be toyed with!”

Godsmack, W.A.S.P., Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Added To Knotfest Meets Forcefest

More bands have been added to Knotfest Meets Forcefest. The event will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

Knotfest (November 30):

Slipknot
Godsmack
Evanescence
Bullet For My Valentine
311
Papa Roach
Behemoth
Carcass
Stratovarius
Nothing More
Suicidal Tendencies
Of Mice & Men
Cherry Bombs
Chelsea Grin
Belphegor
The Bronx
Cemican
Okalacas
Tanus
Here Comes The Kraken
Carajo
Clandestino
The Suffering
Stone Leek
Matherya
Never Again
Headcrusher
Arcadia Libre
Las Poker
Proyect46
Parazit
Kaizan
Hate Bullets
Gore And Carnage
Torcido Monkey Dream
Dethdealers
AFX
Rejexion
Hankside

Forcefest (December 1):

Rob Zombie
W.A.S.P.
In Flames
Accept
Saxon
Ghostemane
Testament
La Castaneda
Exodus
Total Chaos
Cherry Bombs
Mortuary
La Lupita
Especimen
Transmetal
Kenny y Los Electricos
Strike Master
Thell Barrio
Acidez
Jet Jaguar
Koyi K Utho
Perpetual Warfare
Colectivo Suicida
Obesity
Kilkrops
The Legion Of Hetheria
Latino
Next
Makina
Tamadre
Deathmask
Rebel Ryder
Tulkas
Beneath The Horror
Nexus
Bluejays
Prophets For Minerva
Point Decster

Bullet For My Valentine Have Eight Songs Written For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck revealed that the band have already written “eight new tracks” for their next album. The group are not planning to release the effort until 2021, but the frontman did say “all signs are currently pointing towards a far more aggressive, gnarly, riff-based record.”

Tuck said the following when asked if the band have been writing material for the follow-up to “Gravity”:

“Absolutely – a bit of an exclusive – we’ve already got eight new tracks. So we’ve been busy behind the scenes when we’ve not been touring over the last few months. It feels really good. ‘Gravity’, like I said – it wasn’t the gameplan at the time, but when we were making it we thought the process behind it was like ‘well if we do do a record like this, the next one – forward thinking – it just opens the door to do whatever we want again’. And instantly it has. All indicators are pointing towards ferocious heaviness.”

He continued:

“So I don’t know – maybe it was just something that we needed to get out of our system, and come back to the more traditional way of writing a Bullet record. All signs are currently pointing towards a far more aggressive, gnarly, riff-based record.”

He also added the following about release plans:

“We’ve just been having a chat in the dressing room now with a few people, and we’re probably going to aim for a ’21 release. We want to take our time on this. And we want to work with people that we really wanna work with, and we may have to wait depending on their schedules. But we think ’21 is a safe bet, to give us the time to do what we want, how we want to do it, and not be rushed or forced into anything.”

Bullet For My Valentine Have Already “Written A Couple Of Songs” For Their Next Release

During a recent interview with Metalshop TV, Matt Tuck confirmed that Bullet For My Valentine have already “written a couple of songs” for their next release. He said the following about the new material:

“I think early signs are pointing in the direction of kind of a dirty love child of ‘Venom’ and ‘Gravity’. We’ve written a couple of songs already, so it’s taking the best bits of those two and kind of smashing them together. So far, people are quite excited about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]