Bullet for My Valentine - The Poison: Live at Brixton DVD (Cover Artwork)

Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet for My Valentine: The Poison: Live at Brixton DVDThe Poison: Live at Brixton DVD (2006)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5

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Releases like this make me hate my job as a volunteer reviewer. Not because Bullet for My Valentine is terribly unlistenable by any means, but because there's a certain demographic (This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn ? shut up) that come to this site, just like there is a certain demographic of reviewers that somewhat share the taste of the site's visitors at large. And while Trustkill may have artists with a definite connection to punk, Bullet for My Valentine isn't really one of them.

My first thought in watching The Poison: Live at Brixton was how huge of a following this band commands in their homeland of the UK. Sure, there are videos and behind the scenes footage, but I sat in amazement staring at the Carling Academy Brixton filled to capacity with bouncing, moshing, headbanging fans. Impressive considering I've seen videos on Youtube of My Chemical Romance and similarly awful bands being showered with plastic bottles at UK shows.

Bullet for My Valentine sounds like the result of a small clique of scene kids who decided to start a metal band. Not an insult -- purely perception. Take dramatic emo vocals, heavy riffs and rhythms, and a nü-hardcore approach to songwriting, put in a giant microwavable bowl, zap it, stir for 3-5 minutes, and you have Bullet for My Valentine. I wouldn't recommend high amounts of consumption, though; this kind of music has been known to raise ego levels to unhealthy limits.

That said, the recording quality and audio on this DVD is incredible. The Flying V guitar solos are equally well done. The main problem here is simply the fact that it's Bullet for My Valentine. It's cheesy. It's skin-deep. It's the kind of music that gets blasted through the speakers of your local Hot Topic. And the fake screamy vocals don't even stop when the songs ends, as lead singer Matt Tuck shouts "Oh my God, thank yeeowww!" at the conclusion of "Hand of Blood."

It's hard not to be somewhat impressed by Live at Brixton. Of course, with professionally mixed audio, synchronized stage lights and effects, a dozen hi-definiton cameras, and 5,000 kids going apeshit, it gets a little booster. There's no doubt that Bullet for My Valentine has a place somewhere, whether that be Hot Topic, Headbanger's Ball, or your DVD collection if you happen to already be a fan. However, there's not much here that any punk fan or anyone of more matured taste would find redeeming enough in Live at Brixton.


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BeKo (November 16, 2007)

concidering this is the first band I ever liked. I grew and changed my style of music and they're not what I have in my book! BUT! since they're the very first band I liked, I give them a high score because they're still around today and overall, they DO make good music (to me)

Anonymous (July 3, 2007)

excellent review

Anonymous (July 2, 2007)

if you wanted somebody to review it who likes it, they shouldn't have sent it to pn.

Anonymous (July 2, 2007)

How about we get someone who likes the band/style in the appropriate demographic etc to review this.
I'm sick of these "phoned in" reviews.

I like this band irrespective of their clique. So what if trendy music isn't trendy to listen to and we've all heard it before.

Anonymous (June 30, 2007)

this band sucks

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

i reckon these guys are good. pretty impressive to nail their studio sound in a live show (in an age where lots of bands can't).

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

Albert - check out the new record by SMD. Its basically 50-year old dudes from LA playing stuff that sounds like a cross between DRI's first 7" and metallica circa 1984. Absolutely ballistic. Songs about fucking up on probation, passing out drunk in the hot LA sun and of course....satan. Six Weeks Records.


Albert_Belle (June 29, 2007)

Everything that's wrong with modern metal, you'll find right here with BFMV. I even hesitate to call these guys metal. We need another 80's thrash era...bad.

Anonymous (June 29, 2007)

3 is surely all too generous.

SydBarrett420 (June 29, 2007)

I give this a 3 for the simple fact that even though the theme is cheezy, the band has some very nice art work logo design.

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