Bullet For My Valentine claim trio of Best Band awards

Friday 30 July 2010, 10:59

James McLaren James McLaren

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For the third year running, Porthcawl's Bullet For My Valentine have scooped the prestigious Best British Band award at the Kerrang! awards.


Read the BBC News story here.

The band, who released their third album, Fever, earlier this year, also scooped the Best Live Band award. Lostprophets won the Classic Songwriter award.

The fact that BFMV have won the award three years running is a testament to a solid work ethic and an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-touch-it approach to songwriting. Of course they've subtly changed between albums but their core, pedal-to-the-metal, driving hard rock is what their fans like.

It must also be said that at the moment there is not a lot of competition at the top of British rock. Lostprophets are no longer the colossi they once were and then you're looking at other British award winners like Biffy Clyro. But Biffy, while big, are not big enough in the Kerrang! readership to mount a challenge to Bullet, and neither are the likes of You Me At Six.

It's a strange situation at the moment that while the rock scene in Britain is healthy (you only have to look at the success of festivals like Download, Reading and Leeds) there's no absolutely massive UK rock or metal band who would be recognisable to the average man on the street.

Of course it's great that for the last few years the bands battling for the likes of Kerrang! Best British Band have been million-selling Welshies, and there are some more bands coming through at the moment, but where is the next globe-straddling British hard rockin' juggernaut coming from?

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    Comment number 1.

    I am a music enthusiast, I appreciate all music and am open to everything. But there are so many things wrong with this blog, and yes I know this is personal opinion. But research my friend, is key.
    Firstly, Kerrang!, what have they done eh? Kerrang! are actually everything they appear to hate, mainstream. Lost Prophets, You Me At Six, BFMV - this is not rock or metal - just because they dress in black and scream a little bit does not define them. I would actually be happier if Biffy Clyro won Best British Band, they may be absolutely atrocious now but at least when they started out they were making good music. It all went downhill after Infinity Land, their third album. I blame the disgustingly catchy line "I am the mountain, I am the sea".
    The fact that BFMV have won this award three years in a row is really quite bewildering. The amount of fantastic bands in Britain right now is really going to waste, music is all about change. Yet whenever I see a Kerrang! TV advert I see the likes of Slipknot, Blink 182, a clip of the Lostprophets video for Rooftops which was released what, four/five years ago? Have a listen to the Black Dahlia Murder, Every Time I Die, Ghost of A Thousand, The Bronx, The Ghost Inside - this, is what people interested in the genre listen to.
    And here's a little story. A friends band, Surfaces - a 5 piece metal band based in Brighton who are due to start a European tour later on this year - a friend of the band was wearing one of their tshirts in America while on holiday, an American man approached her in the street to express how much he also enjoyed their music. SO for the "there's no absolutely massive UK rock or metal band who would be recognisable to the average man on the street" comment, I guess that's wrong - and they're not even absolutely massive.
    Anyway, rant over.

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    Comment number 2.

    It's true that Lostprophets have moved away from their massive songs associated with Start Something, but they are still far more recognizable and have achieved much more than Bullet For My Valentine. Bullet may be regarded as the best British band these last 3 years, but over the last 10 years, Bullet are no competition for Lostprophets.

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    Comment number 3.

    Is this guy trying to have a laugh. Any average man in the street in any country would easily recognise the mighty Iron Maiden, who happen to be British, and also happen to be the greatest metal band to ever live. Ok, they may not be a new band, but they are still a far superior band to the likes of bullet for my valentine and lostprophets. I also think bullet for my valentine have changed quite a bit. In their earlier albums, they used scream vacals quite alot, but later on they changed that and became alot more mainstream. I lost alot of respect for them for that.

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    Comment number 4.

    Also if you want a good metal band, go to sweden and finland there is lots of them that havent got the fame they deserve.

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    Comment number 5.

    Machineheadfan, the average man in the street would not recognise Maiden, infact the average man would not even recognise one of theirs hits should it be playing.

    Metal music has a minority share of the music buying public, because its in the mainstream shadows, while media "experts" would have you believe its in the shadows BECAUSE it holds a minority fan base, this is rubbish.

    Whilst the market for Metal is not limitless it won't ever achieve it's potential in this country because no medium is bold or brave enough to take a chance on it, Kerrang! and Metal Hammer fight valiantly but their publications are ultimately juvenile, poorly written and failing to capture the innovators from the off set, prefering instead to cover safe, but turgid middle of the road bands. Only in Terrorizer and the 'Subterranean' section of the afore mentioned Metal Hammer magazine do bands that actually push any boundaries get any coverage.

    Whilst bands such as Gojira and Opeth have seen a large amount of coverage, other experimental or progressive metal bands have been neglected, but will no doubt appear once they've released a solid second album.

    In regards to the original blog, I think its a very sad state of affiars if BFMV really are the best Britsh rock/metal band, but the Kerrang! readership voted, and that somes their target market up.


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