There were several bands that used San Antonio's fourth annual River City Rockfest as the final stop of their U.S. swing before heading home or to other parts of the world. Few of them had the combination of speedy riffs, catchy melodies and intensity as Bullet For My Valentine.
The natives of the United Kingdom were scheduled to head back to Wales the next day, but not before taking care of business Memorial Day Sunday outside the AT&T Center. A large reason the Rockfest enjoyed its largest official attendance of "more than 27,800" as part of America's World's Loudest Month of festivals, Bullet For My Valentine was on point from the get-go, putting on a much more well-rounded and uplifting performance than when it played the inaugural Rockfest in 2013 (more here).
Sporting a Misfits T-shirt, black leather motorcycle vest and backwards baseball cap, vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck took command from the onset, defying the humidity and heat by entertaining the crowd with scintillating Flying-V riffs, crowd participation encouragement and a voice that enables listeners to immediately recognize a song as being Bullet For My Valentine's. Touring in support of 2015's Venom, Tuck was accompanied by fellow original members Michael Paget on guitars, Michael Thomas on drums and new bassist Jamie Mathias, who joined the group last year.
Mixing older staples such as "Your Betrayal," "The Last Fight," "Scream Aim Fire" and "Waking the Demon" with newbies "No Way Out" and "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)," Bullet For My Valentine gave fans of all ages from throughout Texas and beyond many reasons to throw up their horns and rock as if their lives depended on it.
The diverse Rockfest needed a jolt of intense metal early in the afternoon of the 11-hour day. Bullet For My Valentine was more than happy to provide it.
To watch a River City Rockfest interview with Hatebreed, click here. Click these applicable links for coverage of Megadeth, Scorpions, Hellyeah and Red Sun Rising/The Sword. Stay tuned for headliners Disturbed plus Sevendust, Pop Evil, Avatar, San Antonio's The Heroine and more.