‘The Poison’ (released October 2005 in the UK, and Valentines Day 2006 in the US/Australia) is an album rooted in classic British metal, with brutal riffs and colossal, pounding drums all lovingly and respectfully thrown into the mix along with the band’s own blend of powerhouse aggression and youthful anarchy and energy.
The album seems equally inspired by the New Wave of British Metal bands such as Iron Maiden, thrash metal such as Metallica and Slayer and modern metalcore with Trivium and Killswitch Engage as examples.
Kicking off with "Intro", accompanied by cello-only metal cover band Apocalyptica, this is the sad song that sets the continuous story that follows throughout the entire album. Fading into "Her Voice Resides", you can tell that this is not an album for those of us who hate metal. Softer songs, such as the smash hit "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" adds a side of Bullet For My Valentine that isn't all about crushing riffs and big drums, but somehow holds the heavy, killer feel. Everything sets the scene for a killer debut album.
Other than 4 Words to Choke Upon and 10 Years Today the album appears to tell a story of a couple who engage in affairs; later resulting in the woman's death and the man remenising.
Bullet for my Valentine has toured with Atreyu, It Dies Today, Funeral For A Friend, Lacuna Coil/Rob Zombie and the "Kerrang Tour" with special guests Hawthorne Heights, among others.
- Her Voice Resides
- 4 words (To Choke Upon)
- Tears Don't Fall (see also Video in homepage)
- Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow
- Hit the Floor
- All These Things I Hate
- Room 409
- The Poison
- 10 Years Today
- Cries in Vain
- Spit You Out
- The End
A deluxe edition was also released with 4 bonus tracks, 7 Days, My Fist Your Mouth Her Scars, Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Metallica cover), and an acoustic version of Tears Don't Fall