Michael Paget, also known as Padge, is a Welsh musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine.

Casper spoke with Padge about there upcoming album release and any plans for touring in Australia.

Over the course of their career, Bullet For My Valentine has sold millions of records, amassed a worldwide army of fans, garnered hundreds of millions of video/track streams, appeared on dozens of magazine covers and received mass critical praise for their highly-influential albums. Now, the band looks to transcend genres and trends with their game-changing album, VENOM.

Produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) at Metropolis Studio in London, VENOM is an unrelenting, fierce step forward for Bullet For My Valentine. Their heaviest record to date sinks its teeth into listeners with a powerful delivery by vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck, ferocious riffs by guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget and rapid-fire rhythm courtesy of drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas. On VENOM the trio maintains their signature balance of heavy, coupled with surging melody, and pushes themselves to the next level.

“It’s pretty hard to sum up an entire record after spending so much time writing and recording it and all the blood, sweat and tears that have come with this one especially,” says frontman Matt Tuck. “It wasn’t easy revisiting some very dark places to come up with lyrical content for this one, but once I knew where it was heading and I was comfortable with letting certain things out – all hell broke loose. It’s easily the most aggressive record we’ve ever done and lyrically it will no doubt touch a nerve with a lot of people that listen to it. I cannot express enough how proud I am of it, and can’t wait for everyone out there to hear it too. We’ve reinvented who we are and are ready to take on the world once more.”

Bullet For My Valentine’s progression of sound is evident on VENOM, presenting a harder delivery and a more complex song structure, as witnessed on the band’s crushing new track, “No Way Out.”

“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn’t been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded,” Tuck adds. “It is one of, if not the heaviest tracks we’ve ever recorded musically and lyrically. I’ve lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it’s a hell of a ride.”

In addition to the news of the upcoming record, Bullet For My Valentine has also announced they’ve recruited fellow Welsh musician Jamie Mathias to join the band as their new bass player and backup vocalist.

Bullet For My Valentine will head to South America in July for a headlining tour with support from Motionless In White before joining up with Slipknot and Lamb of God for this summer’s loudest North American tour. Tour dates are listed below and tickets are on sale now at http://www.bulletformyvalentine.com/.

VENOM track listing:
1. V (1:26)
2. No Way Out (3:53)
3. Army of Noise (4:18)
4. Worthless (3:18)
5. You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War) (4:14)
6. Broken (3:39)
7. Venom (3:54)
8. The Harder the Heart (The Harder It Breaks) (4:00)
9. Skin (3:59)
10. Hell or High Water (4:36)
11. Pariah (3:47)
Deluxe Tracks
12. Playing God (3:52)
13. Run For Your Life (3:34)
14. In Loving Memory (Demo Version) (4:02)
15. Raising Hell (4:35)

Bullet For My Valentine - You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)