Indy: You had a real trying period during the making of the current CD, Scream Aim Fire. You had to have surgery for tonsillitis after touring behind the first album, The Poison. As I understand it, you tried to sing during initial recording sessions and couldn't. Then after two months of rest, you gave it another go and again your voice didn't respond. How scary were things for you at that point?
MT: That was probably one of the most heartbreaking moments. Taking nine weeks to actually recover, and then getting in front of a mic and opening my mouth and the same shit is coming out yeah, it was heartbreaking ... It just felt like everything we had worked so hard for, for over a decade, was going to come to an end, just as we were on the cusp of something really special.
Indy: You then went through an intensive program of therapy, vocal exercises and voice lessons. Obviously, your voice is back, so it worked. What did you learn through that?
MT: It was an essential part of the rehabilitation of my voice, I guess. I just did what I did for years, with no training, no help. ... Now I've actually seen the benefit of it. Just little things make such a big difference, it's unbelievable.
Indy: You're getting hyped as a band on the verge of a major commercial breakthrough with Scream Aim Fire. Do you feel Bullet for My Valentine can be as big as some think?
MT: We've always said from day one that we want to be the biggest band in the world. It's as simple as that, really ... So yeah, hopefully this year is going to really break us, especially in America. ... And hopefully by album No. 3, we can really stamp our mark on metal history.
At Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, Sept. 22.