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They initially struggled to find success, and tensions arose when other Welsh bands such as lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend were getting noticed and became more popular. When it came to the band recording a demo, things didn't go as well as planned and the original bass player, Nik Cradle, quit the band a day before they were due to record. The band couldn't get it together to record a demo, and subsequently split up. But despite this, they did get back together and they found a new bassist in the shape of Jason James. They changed their name from "Jeff Killed John" to "Bullet For My Valentine".
The band later signed a deal with Sony Records via Visible Noise in October 2004.
They released their first 5 track EP, Hand of Blood, on November 15, 2004, on UK label Visible Noise. The mini-album was later released in the US on Trustkill records including an extra track - "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" - as well as the 5 songs on the UK album.
The song "Hand of Blood", from their EP of the same name, landed itself onto a Trustkill compilation record entitled Trustkill Takeover.
The band also released "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" on March 28, 2005. The Vinyl was limited to 1000 copies. The CD/Vinyl was deleted on day of release, so no new copies are available.
Their debut album 'The Poison' was released in the UK on October 3, 2005. The first single from "The Poison", called "Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do)", was released on September 19, 2005. Trustkill Records (the US label for the band) released The Poison in the United States on February 14, 2006.
The song "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" is used in NHL 06 and Madden NFL 06 by EA Sports and "Hand of Blood" is used in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Burnout Revenge. In Need for Speed: Most Wanted as well as Burnout Revenge, the second verse of Hand of Blood is edited out due to content.
The band recently completed a headline run on the Kerrang XXV tour at which on the final night in Brixton Academy they filmed footage for their new DVD.
Bullet For My Valentine played at the Download Festival in Donington Park alongside hugely popular bands including Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Trivium and Tool.
They also opened up for Guns N' Roses at 4 shows in NYC, at the Hammerstein Ballroom, on May 12th, 14th, 15th, and 17th. They were also the warmup band for Metallica on 13.06.2006.
Bullet For My Valentine joined Guns N' Roses' first full UK tour since 1993 as the support act, as well as Sebastian Bach, whilst also doing a bunch of instore signings in Birmingham, Nottingham and London.
Matt Tuck (frontman) has told Kerrang! Magazine "We've written eight new songs already, we're going to be recording the new record at the end of the year so we're just trying to get a big head start." Their next album is loosely scheduled for an early 2007 release.
It has been confirmed that Bullet for my Valentine will be performing at the 2006 Van's Warped Tour.
The band has recently covered the song "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne, for a free CD by Kerrang!