The Poison
Album info
ReleaseOctober 3, 2005 (UK)
January 30, 2006 (Japan)
February 14, 2006 (USA)
RecordedMarch–June 2005 at The Chapel, Backstage Studios, Notting Pill Studios
LabelVisible Noise, Trustkill
ProducerColin Richardson

The Poison is the debut album by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine. The album was released on October 3, 2005 through Visible Noise Records in the UK, and on February 14, 2006 in the United States through Trustkill Records. The album included 11 new songs and two previously heard songs, "Cries in Vain", which was previously heard from their self-titled UK EP and from their US EP, Hand of Blood, as well as from "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" was previously included on the same US release. Different editions of the album contain the song "Hand of Blood", previously heard from these EPs, replacing "Spit You Out".[2][3]

Receiving mixed reviews from critics, the album debuted at No. 128 on the Billboard 200[4] and No. 2 on the Heatseekers Chart,[4] and as of January 30, 2009, the album has sold 1,200,000 copies worldwide[5] and 500,000 copies in the US.[6] It's the first album released through Trustkill Records to be officially certified gold by the RIAA.[7][8]


The album received positive reviews from the critics. Corey Apar of Allmusic awarded the album 3 stars out of 5, stating "Overall, The Poison is a well-produced, solid effort – but seeing as they're now trying to take over American hearts, it would be nice to see future attempts to distinguish themselves more from the new-school pack."[9] Sputnikmusic also gave the album a 3 out of 5 with the explanation that it is "fun to listen to, and the guitar work sure is nice. The vocals are good as well, as main singer has a good voice, melodic and screamed, well supported by the screaming of the bassist."[10] Music Emissions said the album contained very catchy songs, with clean and fast guitar sounds, and "an undertone of pop" which fits with the drumming. Despite its positive points, the reviewer said that the album would not attract people from outside the metalcore sub-genre.[11]

Stylus Magazine gave the album a C− (below average) and said that The Poison album appeared to be made for provincial 15-year-olds to get violent with each other. The reviewer noted two songs that were indicative of the band's "A-game": "The Poison" and "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)".[12] Punk News said that the album was "drab", leaving the reviewer bored with the slow pace, and frustrated that the screaming loud passages were delivered without a sense of anger or attitude.[13]

The Poison[4]
Year Chart Peak
2006 Billboard 200 128
2006 Top Heatseekers 2
2006 Top Independent Albums 2

Track listing Edit

All lyrics written by Matthew Tuck, all music composed by Bullet for My Valentine.
No. Title Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Apocalyptica) 2:22
2. "Her Voice Resides"   4:17
3. "4 Words (To Choke Upon)"   3:43
4. "Tears Don't Fall"   5:48
5. "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)"   3:35
6. "Hit the Floor"   3:30
7. "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)"   3:45
8. "Room 409"   4:01
9. "The Poison"   3:39
10. "10 Years Today"   3:55
11. "Cries in Vain"   3:56
12. "Spit You Out"   4:07
13. "The End"   6:48
Total length:

Limited Edition Multimedia ContentEdit

  • Hand of Blood - Video Clip
  • 4 Words (To Choke Upon) - Video Clip
  • Behind the Scenes - Video Clips
  • Wallpaper


Year Title Peak chart positions
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Hot Modern Rock Tracks
2005 "4 Words (To Choke Upon)"
2005 "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)"
2006 "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" 13 30
2006 "Tears Don't Fall" 24 32


Bullet for My Valentine
  • Matthew Tuck – lead vocals, guitars
  • Michael "Padge" Paget – guitars, backing vocals
  • Jason "Jay" James – bass guitar, vocals
  • Michael "Moose" Thomas – drums
Additional musicians
Production details
  • All lyrics by Matt Tuck
  • All music by Bullet for My Valentine
    • Except "Intro" cellos by Apocalyptica, arrangement by Eicca Toppinen
    • Except "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" by Metallica
  • Published by Harmageddon Publishing Ltd / Universal Music Publishing SAS
  • All tracks Produced & Mixed by Colin Richardson
    • Except "Hit the Floor" Produced & Mixed by Colin Richardson & Andy Sneap
  • All tracks Mixed at The Chapel, Lincolnshire
    • Except "4 Words (To Choke Upon)" mixed at The Sonic Ranch, El Paso, Texas
    • Except "Hit the Floor" mixed at Backstage Studios, Derbyshire
  • Engineered by Dan Turner
  • Engineering assistance by Will Bartle, Matt Hyde & Justin Leigh
  • Recorded at The Chapel (Lincolnshire), Backstage Studios (Derbyshire), Notting Pill Studios (Newport) & SUSI Studios (Finland)
  • (p) & (c) 2005 20-20 Entertainment, LLC released under exclusive license to Visible Noise in the UK
  • A&R - Martin Dodd
  • A&R UK - Julie Weir (
  • Worldwide Management - Paul Craig at Supervision Management Ltd (
  • Agent - Paul Ryan at The Agency Group (excluding USA)
  • Artwork by S2 at
  • Video footage filmed and edited by Dan Fernbach at Static Films
  • Band photographs by Patrick Ford

Release historyEdit

Country Date
UK 3 October 2005
Japan 30 January 2006
US 14 February 2006


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