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The Poison is the debut studio album by the 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 14 February 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".[4]

The Poison
Studio album by
  • United Kingdom 3 October 2005
  • Japan 30 January 2006
  • United States 14 February 2006
RecordedMarch–June 2005
  • Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire
  • Nott in Pill Studios, Newport[1]
ProducerColin Richardson
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
Hand of Blood (EP)
The Poison
Scream Aim Fire
Deluxe edition
The Poison (Deluxe Version).jpg
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

Receiving generally positive reviews from critics, the album debuted at number 128 on the Billboard 200[5] and number 2 on the Heatseekers Chart,[5] and as of 30 January 2018, the album has sold 1,600,000 copies worldwide[6] and 500,000 copies in the US.[7] It is the first album released through Trustkill Records to be officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[8][9]



Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [10]
Big Cheese     
Drowned in Sound9/10[11]
Metal Hammer          
Total Guitar     
Sputnikmusic     [12]
Ultimate Guitar Archive(9.1/10)[13]

The album received generally positive reviews from the critics with many fans considering The Poison to be the band's strongest album. Corey Apar of Allmusic awarded the album 3 stars out of 5, commenting that the album showed a "melodic metal-meets-emo aesthetic" peppered with "powerful riffs and classic metal". Apar concluded that the album "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."[10] 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."[14] 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.[15]

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)".[16] wrote 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.[17]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Matthew Tuck; all music composed by Bullet for My Valentine.

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"4:08
13."The End"6:48
Total length:53:28

Charts and certificationsEdit


Year Title Peak chart positions
US Mainstream Rock US Modern Rock
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


Chart (2005-2013) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 25
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 21
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[22] 37
US Billboard 200[23] 128
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[24] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[25] 9


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000^



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  26. ^ "British album certifications – Bullet for My Valentine – The Poison". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Poison in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ "American album certifications – Bullet for My Valentine – The Poison". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.