Welsh rockers Bullet for My Valentine are still working their 2005 debut album, “The Poison.” But they also have something new to offer fans on their current U.S. tour.
The group is playing at least one new song, “Scream, Aim and Fire,” that’s part of a batch of material it recorded earlier this year for its as-yet-untitled second album. And guitarist Michael Padget says there’s more where that came from.
“It’s definitely a heavier progression than ‘The Poison,’ ” says Padget, 28. “There’s a lot more guitar work, as in solos and classic guitar parts. The drum work is a lot more upbeat. It’s just a forward progression of Bullet — heavier, upbeat, better.”
The group has recorded 11 songs so far with producer Colin Richardson, and frontman Matt Tuck is slated to finish his vocals after the group comes off the road in May, with a hoped-for release this fall. Padget says the group drew inspiration for the new album from “ ’80s bands” — none specifically but
more, he explains, “just vibes from that time. ... We’re
trying to sound older — more ’80s than 2000, I guess.”
Bullet plans to stay busy until the album comes out, with tours of Europe, Japan and Australia in the coming months. It’s also promoting a new single, “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me),” from “The Poison.” But Padget says the album is nearing the end of its cycle.
“I think deep down inside we’re all kind of getting a little bored of playing (‘The Poison’s’) songs live,” he acknowledges. “We still like the album an stuff, but we can’t wait for the new one to come out. We just want to start playing some new stuff.”
Bullet For My Valentine, Escape the Fate and the Confession perform 8 p.m. Friday (April 20th) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron, Pontiac. Tickets are $16. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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