M is for Matthew, M is for Metalcore

In the world of contemporary heavy metal, three bands’ vocalists share something in common. Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows; Bullet for My Valentine’s Matt Tuck; Trivium’s Matt Heafy; all three of them share the same real name “Matthew”. Coincidence? I guess.


From Left to Right

– Matthew James “Matt” Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine
– Matthew Charles “M. Shadows” Sanders of Avenged Sevenfold
– Matthew Kiichi “Matt” Heafy of Trivium

These bands are considered the future of heavy metal. They are all of young age (late 20s ~ early 30s) along with their bandmates. Aside from their names, I’m going to tell you some more facts about these guys as well as their respective bands.

More similarities…

– Aside from being heavy metal bands of the current generation, these three bands also pioneers the Metalcore genre.
– They all started as Metalcore bands around 1999, with the exception of Bullet for My Valentine being ahead for a year as a Nu Metal act, Jeff Killed John.
– These bands draw the same influences from Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and Iron Maiden.
– Songs from these bands often include screaming vocals during their formation and some of their recent materials.
– These bands now all reside in the United States.
– All of these bands lost members during their career. Avenged Sevenfold’s founding member and long-time drummer The Rev died in late 2009. Trivium’s famous and long-time drummer Travis Smith left the band in early 2010. Bullet For My Valentine’s early bassist Nick Crandle left before making to the mainstream, and was replaced by Jay James.
– Matt Tuck, M. Shadows and Matt Heafy had vocal/throat problems before, due to screaming.

The differences…

– Before breaking to mainstream popularity as Metalcore bands, they originally contain elements of some other musical genres. Trivium, with some influence from In Flames, their early material (Ember to Inferno) contain Melodic Death Metal elements. Avenged Sevenfold’s 1st album (Sounding the Seventh Trumpet) includes songs that are indeed, Hardcore Punk or Street Punk. Lastly, Bullet for My Valentine’s early EPs (Hand of Blood), features some elements of Post-hardcore and during the time they are still Jeff Killed John, their original sound is Nu Metal.
– After breaking to mainstream popularity as Metalcore bands, these bands experimented and found their distinct sound. Avenged Sevenfold is now combining Heavy Metal and Hard Rock with less Metalcore and less screaming vocals. Bullet For My Valentine’s fast and melodic new songs still contains some Metalcore and Post-Hardcore elements, while Thrash Metal characteristics are also now present. Trivium’s vocalist, Matt Heafy, tried singing without screaming during their 3rd album (The Crusade) but later brought it back (Shogun) and the band together, aside from Metalcore, developed a sound with Thrash Metal elements and Progressive Metal-like song structures.
– M. Shadows is pure American. Matt Heafy is half-Japanese and half-American. Matt Tuck is Welsh.

Some more facts…

– Avenged Sevenfold is also named as A7X by band member Zacky Vengeance. Fans call Bullet For My Valentine as BFMV. Trivium is… Trivium.
– Avenged Sevenfold’s lyrics contains some references from The Bible. Also, their stage names. Bullet For My Valentine’s lyrics mostly talks about romance, anger, war, nature, unity and internal struggles. Trivium, on the other hand, features songs that talks about war, unity, greek mythology, samurai, and empires.
– These bands already toured together, particularly as opening bands during Metallica’s Escape from the Studio ’06 Tour in Holland.

That’s all for now folks. I know this is a bit short but I’ll surely update this post as soon as I have some free time, and some free drinks. Be sure to check out the bands’ most recent efforts, as well as their future materials. Keep rockin’!

|> Bullet For My Valentine – Room 409

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About mistercomputer

I'm Ken. Blogger. Programmer. Instructor. Gamer.

Posted on February 8, 2011, in Photoblog, Weblog and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. mattew james tuck

    i love matt tuck

  2. COOL! M is for Matthew and for METAL!! \m/_\m/

  3. sorry, but matt heafy is NOT half american, he’s half japanese, quarter irish and quarter german (he said told us that on facebook a while ago :D)
    and i seriously wish the new bullet album will be more heavy, like scream aim fire, but with the melodics from fever … that would be perfect ❤
    as for avenged sevenfold, it's the only one of these three bands i don't listen to … dunno … i don't like their sound that much. but of course i respect them for their music. 😉

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