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In 1997, Bullet For My Valentine was formed. Well, sort of. Founding members Matthew Tuck, LT Koch, Billy Duff, and Michael Thomas - friends at Bridgend College in Wales, UK - started their career as a cover band playing mostly Nirvana and Metallicasongs in and around Bridgend, a depressed coal-mining town with a rough reputation. Under the name Jeff Killed John, the group released a two-track CD in 2002 entitled You/Play With Me that gained them cred it in the thriving regional metal scene. A number of other alternative rock outfits, including Lostprophets and Funeral For a Friend, got their start in the Bridgeport area.

The band began touring extensively around the UK, adopting a nu-metal sound in the vein of Korn and Linkin Park because they thought it was a popular and commercially marketable style. The band continued in this direction until around 2002, changing their name multiple times (former names of the period include 12 Pints of my Girlfriend's Blood and Opportunity in Chicago) until eventually deciding that the nu-metal trend was losing steam. On the verge of a breakup, the band decided to rename themselves Bullet For My Valentine and pursue a thrash metal sound a-la Slayer and Metallica, as this was the kind of music the band had been interested in playing in the first place.

After touring extensively throughout the UK to promote their new sound the band began to be scouted by major record labels. In 2004, after rejecting a deal from Roadrunner Records, the band opted to sign a contract for 5 records with Sony BMG, believing that the bigger record label was more promising. Bullet For My Valentine released two EP's in 2005, one self titled and the other named Hand of Blood. The band was noted in tracks like 4 Words (To Choke Upon) and All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me) for releasing thrash music with mainstream appeal.

Their second album, The Poison, dropped in early 2006. Though the album sold well (about 500,000 copies worldwide), Bullet For My Valentine had difficulty touring in support of it - they were kicked off of a tour for an arguement with Rob Zombie, and had to cancel half the dates on another when lead singer Matt developed tonsillitis. Popular songs Tears Don't Fall and Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow from the album showcase their energetic metalcore style. Despite the setbacks, the band still managed to release their second studio album Scream Aim Fire on time in early 2008. Featuring a somewhat heavier and more aggressive style, the album has received positive reviews and sold over 200,000 copies in its first two months alone.

From Discogs:

Originally called 'Jeff Killed John',They changed their name to 'Opportunity in Chicago' for a short time before switching to 'Bullet For My Valentine'. BFMV currently consists of: Matthew "Matt" Tuck - Vocals/Guitar Michael "Padge" Paget - Guitar/Backing Vocals Jason "Jay" James - Bass/Backing Vocals Michael "Moose" Thomas - Drums

From Lastfm:

Bullet for My Valentine are a band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matt Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine.

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From Wikipedia:

Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh heavy metal band from Bridgend, formed in 1998. The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Michael Thomas (drums). They were formed under the name Jeff Killed John and started their music career by covering songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Jeff Killed John recorded six songs which were not released; two of these tracks were reworked later in their career as Bullet for My Valentine. Financial difficulties dictated the name change, which was followed by a change in music direction. In 2002, the band secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG. The band has stated that their music is influenced by classic metal acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Slayer. The band is part of the Cardiff music scene.

Bullet for My Valentine's debut album, The Poison, was released on 3 October 2005 in the United Kingdom and on 14 February 2006 in the United States to coincide with Valentine's Day hence their band name. The album entered the Billboard 200 in the US at number 128. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band made appearances at the Download Festival and Kerrang! XXV, and undertook a US tour with Rob Zombie. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album, Scream Aim Fire, was released on 29 January 2008 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The band's third album, Fever, was released on 26 April 2010 and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. The band has sold over one million albums in the United States and over 3,000,000 albums worldwide and are the most-successful act in the Kerrang! Awards category of "Best British Band" with three wins.

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