By Craig Brown
Two weeks after Queens of the Stone Age almost brought the house down, Bullet for my Valentine almost blew the roof off the SSE Hydro on this wintry Glasgow evening. With the ‘Rule Brittania’ tour in its infancy, this being only the second night, the Welsh rockers already seem firmly in their stride, filling Glasgow’s newest amphitheatre with crashing riffs and stunning hard vocals which would be enough to fill a venue twice it’s size.
Already rooted as one of the UK’s leading heavy metal bands, a genre which is growing rapidly, the Matthew Tuck led four piece are bringing their year to a close with a huge arena tour, using these nights to showcase tracks from February’s Temper Temper, as well as delving into an impressive back catalogue.
Opening proceedings with the as yet unreleased Raising Hell, with flame throwers and canons shooting across the stage, the night is kicked off in truly dramatic style. Having already played a more stripped back set in Glasgow in early 2013, it was already obvious tonight would be a totally different experience. The set continues with drum led Scream Aim Fire, with Tucks voice echoing around the grand venue. There’s no let up to what has being a non stop start to the set, as Your Betrayal, from 2010’s ‘Fever’ takes crowd participation to an almost deafening level.
There are brief interludes throughout the set which give the effervescent front man the opportunity to show his true vocal range, with a sombre acoustic version of The Last Fight being one of the stand out tracks of the night. It’s not long though before noise again fills the arena with an epic version of Bittersweet Memories which includes an unforgettable guitar solo, bringing new levels of sound to the venue.
An encore featuring Waking The Demon, Pleasure And Pain as well as a glorious cover of Motörhead’s Ace Of Spades offers the perfect set up to the final song of the night; Tears Don’t Fall, which is delivered with almost unrivalled energy. With the room filling with confetti the band leave the stage for a final time, bringing to a close an impressive performance from the Bridgend rockers.