The Poison

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The Poison
Studio album by Bullet for My Valentine
Released 3 October 2005 (UK)
30 January 2006 (Japan)
14 February 2006 (USA)
Recorded March–June 2005 at The Chapel, Backstage Studios, Notting Pill Studios
Genre Metalcore
Length 53:26
Label Visible Noise, Trustkill
Producer Colin Richardson
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
Hand of Blood (2005) The Poison (2005) Scream Aim Fire
Deluxe Edition
Singles from The Poison
  1. "4 Words (To Choke Upon)"
    Released: 28 March 2005
  2. "Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow (What Can I Do)"
    Released: 19 September 2005
  3. "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)"
    Released: 3 February 2006
  4. "Tears Don't Fall"
    Released: 17 June 2006

The Poison is the debut album by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine. The album was released on 3 October 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".[1][2]

Receiving mixed reviews from critics, the album debuted at No. 128 on the Billboard 200[3] and No. 2 on the Heatseekers Chart,[3] and as of 30 January 2009, the album has sold 1,200,000 copies worldwide[4] and 500,000 copies in the US.[5] It's the first album released through Trustkill Records to be officially certified gold by the RIAA.[6][7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Big Cheese 5/5 stars
Drowned in Sound 9/10
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars
Q 4/5 stars
Total Guitar 5/5 stars
Sputnikmusic (3.0/5)[9]
Ultimate Guitar Archive (9.1/10)[10]

The album received mixed 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."[8] 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."[11] 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 subgenre.[12]

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)".[13] 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.[14]

The Poison[3]
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 Content[edit]

  • 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


Release history[edit]

Country Date
United Kingdom 3 October 2005
Japan 30 January 2006
United States 14 February 2006