Alex Young of Lithium Magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Paget of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE when the band played in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 14 as part of the Uproar festival. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Lithium Magazine: How do you really think “Fever” attests to the band’s musical diversity in a way that your music hasn’t before?
Michael: As opposed to the other albums, this is right up there. This is definitely where we wanted to go as a band and it’s definitely the right record when it comes to maturing. It’s the third album; it’s definitely where we wanted to go and has taken us where we want to be. It’s ticking all the boxes so far and hopefully the next record does the same thing.
Lithium Magazine: How do you think the album as individual musicians and as a songwriting group?
Michael: Yeah, totally. You know, we strive to write great songs and I think “Fever” comes across as a great album, not just songs, and a complete album. You can sit down and listen to the whole thing as opposed to “Scream, Aim, Fire”. We tried to take it back to the roots to the “Poison” sort of thing on the new album, if you know what I mean.
Lithium Magazine: How do you think having an emphasis on melody in the guitar playing and vocals really play to your band’s advantage?
Michael: We’re definitely conscious about melodies in every part of the songs and I think that’s one thing we bring to the table that a lot of bands don’t. The infusion of melody on lead guitars is a trademark for BULLET and heavy metal in general. I’ve heard a few bands try, but they don’t quite get it, if you know what I mean. It seems that we kind of mix them both and we’re doing something right.
Lithium Magazine: What do you think is one of the biggest advantages of having most of your influences being classic old school heavy metal rather than your peers?
Michael: A lot of people still love that old-school metal vibe. It’s obvious that it’s still in our blood as well and that comes through in the music. We still love that sort of music as well.
Read the entire interview from Lithium Magazine.