“Breaking Point”, the new video from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth album, “Temper Temper”, which sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on February 12 via RCA.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE‘s previous effort, 2010’s “Fever”, opened with 71,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 3. It was also a Top 10 release in the U.K., Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.
The Welsh quartet changed the way they approached making an album this time around, with guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck and drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas traveling to Thailand to do the initial writing and recording for the album. Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio why they made the trip. “It was just nice being in a studio 24/7, really, you know, with no distractions from home and stuff,” he said. “So that was kind of the main reason why we went there and it just worked out well, you know, because we didn’t have any pressures from having to travel, having to cook your own food — just all the stuff that is an everyday process obviously takes a lot of time out of the day to be creative. So just being there, being able to write 24/7, was a huge advantage.”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE recently headlined the fifth edition of the“HardDrive Live” tour, which kicked off on April 12 in Denver. Joining them were main support HALESTORM, plus special guests YOUNG GUNSand openers STARS IN STEREO. The trek was sponsored by “HardDrive”.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release a brand new single, “P.O.W.”, on June 17.
Having completed sold-out tours of the Australia, Europe and America, the band will return to the U.K. in June where they will be second headliners on the main stage at Download festival on Friday, June 14. The band will also make a special announcement that afternoon at Download.
After their successful European tour with SEPULTURA, Tel Aviv-based neo-thrashers HAMMERCULT are recording the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, “Anthems Of The Damned”. Entitled”Steelcrusher”, the new 12-song CD will be mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris and is currently scheduled for an October 28 release through Sonic Attack Records/SPV in Europe and North America.
HAMMERCULT will perform the “Steelcrusher” title track at festival appearances in Slovenia and Germany during July and August.
The limited-edition vinyl version of “Anthems Of Damned” is out now with new cover artwork and three bonus tracks.
PANTERA reached a major milestone in 1994 when the legendary metal band’s seventh studio album, “Far Beyond Driven”, debuted at NO. 1 on The Billboard 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the group’s career and its second consecutive platinum release. Not only a commercial success, the album also earned positive reviews around the world for the beautiful brutality of its all-out sonic assault.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of that landmark album and Rhino is celebrating with a special two-disc version that includes a newly remastered version of the album, along with a live performance from the 1994 Monsters Of Rock festival. “Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition” will be available on March 25 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.
Following the breakthrough success of 1992’s “Vulgar Display Of Power” — which has since been certified double platinum — singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott returned in March 1994 with “Far Beyond Driven”. Following its No. 1 debut, “Far Beyond Driven” remained on the Billboard album chart for seven more months and many still regard it as the heaviest album to ever top the chart. Its 12 tracks represented a continuation of the previous album’s relentless musical onslaught with hard-hitting tracks like the first single “I’m Broken” as well as the mosh-pit classics “5 Minutes Alone” and “Slaughtered”. Another standout track was the group’s swirling acoustic cover of BLACK SABBATH’s “Planet Caravan”, which became a live favorite when PANTERA hit the road to support the album later that year.
Fans already familiar with “Far Beyond Driven” are in for a treat with the second disc of the “20th Anniversary Edition”. Dubbed “Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94”, the disc contains PANTERA full live set recorded at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Donington, England on June 4, 1994. The 40-minute show comprises nine tracks taken from the band’s three most recent albums including: “Use My Third Arm” and “Strength Beyond Strength” from “Far Beyond Driven”; “Walk”, “Mouth For War” and “This Love” off “Vulgar Display Of Power”; plus the title track from “Cowboys From Hell” as well as the live staple melding “Domination” and “Hollow”.
01. Strength Beyond Strength
03. 5 Minutes Alone
04. I’m Broken
05. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills
06. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks
08. 25 Years
09. Shedding Skin
10. Use My Third Arm
11. Throes Of Rejection
12. Planet Caravan
Disc Two – “Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94”
01. Use My Third Arm
03. Strength Beyond Strength
06. Fucking Hostile
07. This Love
08. Mouth For War
09. Cowboys From Hell