By Lauren Simpson
If the conversation taking place behind me minutes before last night’s gig started – wishing horrible things upon Justin Bieber – wasn’t enough to suggest that this wasn’t going to be a light-hearted affair, then the bloodstained hands on the stage’s backdrop certainly sealed the deal.
Keeping the sold out crowd waiting for a good while after support act Halestorm initially set the venue alight, Bullet For My Valentine’s thunderous sound filled the O2 Academy, as they aggressively thrashed through Breaking Point and Your Betrayal. Lead singer Matt Tuck then announced that Glasgow was already far louder than the Brummies were at Tuesday night’s show – cue the classic Scottish cheers.
The Welsh rockers’ fourth album Temper Temper was released last month. Filled with classic heavy metal tracks, it already seems to be adored almost religiously by their fans. Riot and P.O.W went down well, but I could feel my ears ringing already, and the show wasn’t even close to over.
The Last Fight was a clear highlight, with Tuck playing solo with only the crowd accompanying him, for a rare quieter moment in the set – until the rest of the band joined in and it built into a hate-filled metal massacre.
The show was all a little overdramatic for my liking, with the band going off stage for a good few minutes between songs to try and build suspense, when I’m sure their fans would much rather see them onstage for the entire set. That is what they paid for, after all.
Dipping back into their debut album to pull out the classic Tears Don’t Fall for their encore, Bullet For My Valentine sent their mosh pit dwelling fans into overdrive, before playing newer track Livin’ Life (On the Edge of a Knife). I think next time I’ll stick with a Justin Bieber concert in the hope of avoiding any aggression – and tinnitus.