Bullet For My Valentine is one of those bands that went from “every emo girl’s wet dream”, to a respected act, beloved within the metal community. I was certain that I am in for a treat, as I approached the gates of the ever-growing popularity “Roundhouse” in North-West London, and was greeted by an overwhelming queue of metal fanatics blasting “Tears Don’t Fall”, as they were (not so patiently) waiting for the clock to strike 18:30, and the doors to open.
BFMV’s interaction with the crowd was satisfactory, as the energy, they gave out inspired the London fans to pursue crowd surfing, which grew with every passing song. They opened with “Knives” which is one of the fan favorites from their latest self-titled album. They continued to deliver a banging set of 17 songs, which consisted of many crowd-pleasers. Knowing their fans, however, they delivered the true treats at the encore of the night, where they pulled out their strongest cards. It started off with “Your Betrayal” which is a classic from their 2010 effort “Fever”. Following that, was “Tears Don’t Fall”, which is their most popular song, and a must-have in the playlists of many! It was masterfully enhanced by a beautiful acoustic intro performed by Matt. I believed that they will close the night with this song, but they had other plans, as they wanted to go out with a heavy bang! That is when they whipped out “Waking the Demon”, which is one of their heaviest songs from their ”Scream Aim Fire” album. That was a true surprise and an extremely energetic and memorable way to close this European tour.