With The Grove in Anaheim nearly packed to capacity and everyone screaming “Bullet, Bullet” the Welsh quartet, Bullet For My Valentine, emerged from the darkness to an onslaught of cheers and raised fist Friday night.

Not only did the foursome deliver a high-energy, fist-pumping show, they repeatedly took the time to show their appreciation of their Orange County fans by saying multiple times that they have been the best crowd by far in the first two weeks of touring for their recently released album “Fever.”

“How many of you purchased the album?” front man Matthew Tuck asked. After most of the crowd cheered, he replied, “You know what, I believe you all because the album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts and for a Welsh band, that’s really f@$king awesome.”

After the display of gratitude, Tuck and the band had the packed venue in the palm of their hands.

Starting the night off with “Your Betrayal” and “Fever,” the first two songs off the band’s third studio release, the band set the tone for the rest of the evening with intense stage presence and amazingly quick fingers, with a little headbanging mixed in.

The band then mixed it up a bit with “Waking the Demon” before playing three straight songs from its debut album, “The Poison,” which worked the crowd into a frenzy.

“All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me),” “Tears Don’t Fall,” and “4 Words (To Choke Upon)” seemed to bring the most response from fans, as did Tuck’s comments and encouragement to go crazy in the pit.

BFMV came back with “The Last Fight,” which they claimed would be the next single off the new album in the US, before giving fans of the band’s second work their time to shine. Tuck asked the crowd to sing “Say Goodnight” with him before erupting into “Scream, Aim, Fire” which got the most crowd response of the night.

After a short break, BFMV came back for three more songs, including “Mercy” and “Alone” from the new album, to round out the set.

Overall, the set was a well-balanced display that pleased fans of each album in BFMV’s repertoire. The show was highlighted further by the raw energy of each individual member, from Tuck’s vocals, lead-guitarist Michael Paget’s blistering guitar solos, bass player Jason James’ screams and drummer Michael Thomas’ tireless cymbal pounding.

Tuck made sure to let the crowd know that they had been the best on tour so far and for a band that continues to rise in the metal ranks, they made sure to exceed any expectations.

Photos by Paul Hebert

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