Bullet for My Valentine is a four-piece metalcore band from Bridgend, Wales. Originally known as "Jeff Killed John", the band formed in 1998 and covered songs by Metallica and Nirvana. Financial difficulties marked a change in music direction and name for the band and so the band went through numerous name changes, such as "12 Pints of My Girlfriend's Blood" (which was changed after being decided as 'too graphic'), until deciding on "Bullet for My Valentine". In 2002 the band was offered a record deal by Roadrunner Records. That offer was turned down, and the band later secured a five-album deal with Sony BMG.
Bullet for My Valentine's debut album The Poison was released on 3 October 2005 in the United Kingdom and on Valentine's Day in America in 2006 to represent the name "Bullet for My Valentine", the album was dedicated to long time friend Simon Roy Denning. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 128, and the Top Heatseekers chart at number 1, and has sold 375,000 copies in the U.S. as of February 6, 2008. The band made appearances at the Download Festival, Kerrang! XXV, and a United States tour with Rob Zombie, which the band were ultimately kicked off due to vocalist Matthew Tuck's comments on the band's message board. Bullet for My Valentine's second studio album Scream Aim Fire debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 53,000 copies.