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Welsh Headbangers Get Back To Roots On New Album

of the Oakland Press

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The members of Bullet For My Valentine were pleased with their sophomore album, 2008’s “Scream Aim Fire.” But the Welsh hard rock troupe couldn’t help noticing a significant sales slump from its debut, “The Poison,” three years earlier, so they took corrective measures on the new “Fever.”

“We loved the last album, but we had a lot of problems on that record, just listening to a lot of people saying it wasn’t metal enough,” explains drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas. “I think we were trying to please everybody and get some people who weren’t in ‘The Poison’ camp, people who weren’t fans of our band, and please them as well.

“This time we said, ‘We’ll do it how we want’ and kind of relaxed more and took a lot of time and made sure we weren’t overplaying or overworking or doing anything which we shouldn’t have. We just went in as four friends and made the music we wanted to make.”

It seems to have worked. “Fever” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and is receiving more favorable reviews than “Scream Aim Fire.” And the first single, “Your Betrayal,” is a song that’s been around since 2008, according to Thomas, but found its way onto “Fever” at zero hour.

“We had worked it up in Germany, during a sound check,” Thomas, 28, remembers. “The last day in the studio, we decided to work on it some more. It wasn’t going to make the record; I was thinking, ‘Let’s just get the song over with so I can go home.’

“But when Matt (Tuck, BFMV’s frontman) and Don (Gilmore, producer on ‘Fever’ ) said, ‘Holy ... ! We’ve got to use this song!’ I immediately went down to the studio and agreed that it was an incredible song, and we really put our heads down and worked on it.”

Bullet For My Valentine, Airbourne, Chiodos and Arcanium perform Sunday, May 30, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 and $19.50. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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