Bullet For My Valentine/Chiodos/Airbourne

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bullet For My Valentine recently released their new album Fever, and have started touring to support it. For this tour they brought along Airbourne and Chiodos and writer/photographer Chip Tamplin had a chance to check it out.


Australian rockers Airbourne epitomize a party band and completely encompass all that which is sex, drugs and rock and roll. Their live shows are no exception to this. Coming out to a roar of a applause, singer/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe, brother and drummer Ryan O’Keeffe, bassist Justin Street and rhythm guitarist David Rhoads started the party early and they started it hard. Starting off with “Diamond in the Rough” off 2007’s critically acclaimed Runnin’ Wild, they got a surprisingly diverse crowd vibing with them early and kept them the whole show to such hits as “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”, “Runnin’ Wild” and their newest single “Blonde, Bad and Beautiful”. When Joel O’Keeffe wasn’t screaming into the mic he was quickly darting from side to side pumping up the crowd and shredding on the guitar.

I was personally a little surprised that Airbourne was picked to support Bullet for my Valentine on this tour because they just seemed a bit too far down the rock end of the spectrum to appease the metal crowd, but boy was I wrong. The crowd sang along and rocked out and partied with the band for the entire duration of their set and even had a few people chanting for an encore when their set was over.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5


I’ve never really been into Chiodos. Even though I could tell from lyrics that he had a knack for them, former vocalist Craig Owens voice always rubbed me the wrong way for some reason and that deterred me from ever giving them multiple chances to win me over. This time Chiodos was starting out fresh behind two new members. Former Yesterday’s Rising vocalist Brandon Bolmer came in to replace Craig Owens on vocals and a new drummer in Tanner Wayne.

I didn’t really go in with high expectations nor did I leave with a sense of newfound love for the band. While they were clearly better with their new vocalist, I still didn’t feel blown away by them or have a sense that things were going to really improve much. However this was only their fourth show back with new members so I am cutting them a bit of slack. They still had a lot of die-hard fans on the front railing screaming away to every word and seemed to love the band despite significant member changes. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend them to friends but I would also not go out of my way to trash them or deter others from seeing them.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 8

Set list:

1. Intro
2. The Undertaker’s Thirst For Revenge
3. Caves
4. Is It Progression If A Cannibal Uses A Fork?
5. Sample
6. Philly
7. Stoney Jam
8. Baby, You Wouldn’t Last A Minute In the Creek
9. A Letter From Janelle
10. Samba
11. The Words “Best Friend” Become Redefined

Bullet for my Valentine:

Bullet for my Valentine has always been on of my favorite metal bands while Airbourne have been one of my favorite new rock bands. So when I saw they were going out on tour together I was more than ecstatic. Boy was this tour a blast. Starting off with Airbourne to raise the bar of excitement and then having it all culminate with the might Bullet for my Valentine was truly a great experience.

Having just released their third full-length album, Fever, this past April to very mixed reviews I was pretty excited to see them play some songs from this album live considering I was one of the few writers who thoroughly enjoyed it. My prayers were answered when they opened their set list with back-to-back new songs in “Your Betrayal” and “Begging for Mercy” which were both, coincidentally, the first two songs released before the album hit stores. After these two songs went over with thunderous approval they started into another group of crowd pleasers in “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)” and “Tears Don’t Fall”.

Overall their set was a great mixture of The Poison, Scream Aim Fire, and Fever. I would’ve personally preferred the addition of some more songs off The Poison such as “Room 409” or “Hit the Floor”, but who am I to be petty after another jaw-dropping performance by my favorite Welsh metalers. Bullet are a bit more reserved compared to the onstage antics of other metal bands, but if you take them from just a sound stand point, they’re spot-on with their sound on CD and I highly recommend them to anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to see them yet.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 7
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Your Betrayal
2. Begging for Mercy
3. Waking the Demon
4. All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)
5. Tears Don’t Fall
6. 4 Words (To Choke Upon)
7. The Last Fight
8. Say Goodnight
9. Scream Aim Fire
10. Fever
11. Hand of Blood
12 Alone

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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