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Bullet For My Valentine Firing On All Cylinders

Of the Oakland Press

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Bullet For My Valentine’s second coming marks a bit of a return for frontman Matt Tuck. In June of 2007, with the Welsh heavy metal group’s debut album, “The Poison,” in full gear, a bout of laryngitis led to the cancellation of several shows, including key dates opening for Metallica. Tuck underwent a tonsillectomy, and fortunately there was no permanent damage to affect BFMV’s recently released second album, “Ready, Aim, Fire.”

“Everything’s cool” reports Tuck, 28. “I’m still a bit psychologically scarred from it; every moment before I hit the stage I’m like, ‘Please be OK...’ and then I start singing and, ‘Yes, it’s back!’

“So it’s settled down. I do (voice) exercises to help, but the be-all and end-all is more what I’m doing on the stage — or what I don’t do — that makes the difference. I just don’t get too excited, try not to be this huge, larger-than-life character and scream my head off between songs.

“I learned so much in the last year, and it’s really helped.”

Tuck’s return to form can be heard on “Ready, Aim, Fire,” which came out in late January and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Tuck says the group “didn’t have a meeting or game plan or any kind of direction we wanted to go” but simply felt the need to surpass its debut.

“Our tour schedule was so brutal that whenever we could we’d write stuff — in the back of the bus, at sound check, wherever,” Tuck recalls. “When it came down to it, album two had to be made, so we scraped together everything we had.

“But we knew it was gonna be good. We wouldn’t have put out a CD if we didn’t think it was gonna be better than ‘The Poison.’”

The Taste of Chaos Tour, featuring Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Idiot Pilot and blessthefall, plays at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (March 8) at Cobo Arena, 301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $25.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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