Bullet for My Valentine
Scream, Aim, Fire


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle USER (17 Reviews)
June 14th, 2008 | 53 replies | 9,660 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great album, filled with excellent solos and amazing drums. Its a little heavier, but not as much as I would like it to be.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Bullet for My Valentine- Scream Aim Fire

Background Info:

Ah, Bullet for My Valentine, one of the most controversial metal bands ever to emerge in the modern era. This band seems to be a love or hate band; for me, personally, I think their great and very talented musicians. Anyways, when Bullet first started they were originally called Jeff Killed John. During this time they were mainly doing covers of famous metal bands that influenced them, such as Metallica, Pantera, and Iron Maiden.

After awhile they began to work on their own music, and eventually released and EP after changing their name to Bullet for My Valentine. Then they released a so-called album named Hand of Blood, which consisted of only five songs, so it puzzles me why it’s considered a full album. In 2005 Bullet proceeded to release their REAL debut album, called The Poison. This album gained them quite a fanbase, and propelled them into the world of music, making them famous very quickly.

Now, in 2008, Bullet is releasing their sophomore effort, called Scream Aim Fire. They have promised us multiple times in their recent interviews that this album would be much faster and heavier than The Poison, but have they achieved such a promise? For the most part they have, at least on the songs that are heavier, because now they feature multiple slower songs. But, gratefully, most of these compositions don’t drag the album down.

The Review:

This album is definitely leaning more towards the thrash metal genre than the metalcore genre (I’m actually scared to say that, cause I know I might get flamed). Anyways Scream Aim Fire is definitely a bit heavier than The Poison; songs like “Waking the Demon,” “End of Days,” and the title track demonstrate this faster paced music that Bullet for My Valentine have created.

It seems that most of the metal community despises this album, and I just don’t understand why. It’s definitely not the most original album, but it’s definitely not a horrible album by any means, lest we forget St. Anger people. I mean the instruments overall are much better than The Poison; the lyrics, in my opinion (me being a gamer), are much better than their debut album. The drummer, Michael Thomas, has greatly increased his speed, complexity, and focus while playing the drums.

Right when the album sets off his newly found skills are immediately shown: the title track begins with a fast snare and bass drum combination, creating a great opening for the album. The guitars then kick in with a catchy melody, then followed by Matt Tuck cutting in with his newly found voice. Well I shouldn’t say “found,” as these new vocals weren’t really done forcefully (not that their bad or anything).

See when Bullet was touring for The Poison Matt, unfortunately, popped a blood vessel in his throat screaming. He then had to get a painful surgery done on his throat, ruining his ability to scream for long periods of time, thus changing the bands vocal style slightly. No longer will you hear a constant barrage of screaming, as Matt cannot do it anymore. Actually the closest I heard him coming to constant screaming on this album was “Waking the Demon.”

Although his vocals have changed, I still think their very good (raises flame shield again). His voice just fits the new, more metal sound much better; this helped me enjoy the album much more so I didn’t really mind the new style. Actually I think the screams on this album sound much better: less whiney and annoying, and more heavy and thought-through.

Another notable improvement is the wonderful guitar work, with guitar solos littered throughout the entire album, most of them being good. A noticeable solo would be the one that is present in the third single, “Waking the Demon.” It is fast, hard-hitting, and very well done making for a nice experience. I would definitely consider “Waking the Demon” to be the best of the album, as it presents many good qualities including great guitars, excellent drums, and good song composition.

Very surprisingly, I could actually hear the bass guitar in this album, while it is nothing amazing; Jason James has definitely improved since their debut. This is something that helped me enjoy the album, because it seems that these days many metal albums rarely include the quality that makes it possible to hear the bass. This just proves that the band spent essential time producing the album’s overall quality and crisp sound.

This album seems to be a combination of heavy and softer affairs, making for a listenable experience. Examples of these softer songs include “Hearts Burst Into Fire” (a spectacular track) and “Forever and Always” (a not so spectacular track that drags on for a very long time). The album also consists of the heavier songs noted before, with surprisingly fast riffs and guitar solos that leave me wondering how the hell Bullet has improved so much instrumentally since their last album.

While this album is often heavier than The Poison, it’s almost as if the softer songs balance the two albums out in terms of heaviness. This is ok, as I am happy that Bullet has experimented with softer compositions; then Tuck gets to show off his excellent singing voice, though very British, but very good.

Overall this album is great; a constant display of superior guitar work that had me impressed the whole way through. The fast-pased drums just make you wanna stand up and hit something as hard as you can. I suggest any fan of Bullet for My Valentine pick this one up, or any fan of metal at all, because it showcases what is great about metal.

Pros:

+The guitar work has greatly improved.
+Michael Thomas is a newly found beast drummer.
+Good song composition.
+”Waking the Demon”

Cons:

-Some people may not enjoy Matt’s new vocals.
-“Forever and Always”
-No real other cons, just nitpicks.

Top Five Tracks:

1. “Waking the Demon”
2. “Take It Out On Me”
3. “Hearts Burst Into Fire”
4. “Scream Aim Fire”
5. “Disappear”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is one of my favorite bands and albums, and i spent a lot of time on this review for that purpose, tell what i did right and wrong then and i shall improve on my mistakes, thanks ahead of time guys!

AtavanHalen
June 14th 2008



17927 Comments


You're cute, how old are you? Like, twelve or thirteen?
There's a shitload wrong with this review. Try looking at some Staff/Contributor stuff.
At least it's not a TBT.

Poet
June 14th 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a bad review, though I totally disagree on Waking the Demon, it sucks. Some odd punctuation, but that is being picky. I wouldn't have had so many small paragraphs, in fact I didn't when I reviewed this lol. You also mention only 5 of the songs; one not being Take It Out On Me which is your second favorite on here.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well that does not help me...... and what exactly is a TBT?

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wasnt talking to you pendulum, but i guess i just forgot to mention it lol, it is a great song though

Poet
June 14th 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tbt=track by track.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh i see, haha, yeah when i wrote my first review i was told not to do that, as it is the "easy way out"

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but you know what hey, we all have our guilty pleasures, i saw ur profile and u like greenday, they suck horribly, so maybe thats your guilty pleasure, no offense

kattunlover69
June 14th 2008



1194 Comments


2 double posts in a row man welcome to the site

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha yeah, i get sudden after thoughts a lot, and sometimes i forget shit so you know, double posts result

Poet
June 14th 2008



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you could just edit your last post.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh yeah, forgot i could do that, damn

kattunlover69
June 14th 2008



1194 Comments


too late now...from now till the end of the age of the internet...these two double posts will be here to haunt u for the rest of your life

DaveBum69
June 14th 2008



699 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"No longer will you hear a constant barrage of screaming, as Matt cannot do it anymore"

Thats what the guys from avenged sevenfold said. there first album was pretty good this one is so bad

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i guess so, i dont really care at all though, so whatever, i just want some comments on the album or my review, that according to pendulum sucks apparently.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i really dont understand why this album is so hated, there first album was metalcore, and this is just metal, their naturally different, but theres nothing really bad about this album though

unintentional double post, lol my other comment above this one went below the guys above that one after i posted for some reason, just more to be haunted by lolThis Message Edited On 06.14.08

kattunlover69
June 14th 2008



1194 Comments


.....i got nothing else to say...

i honestly did not see a third double post coming..im shocked

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol an epic shock too the millenium for you

Si1v3RfaNg
June 14th 2008



814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh and heres the FOURTH double post, jesus the apocalypse is upon us, but seriously guys talk about the album or my review please, and not my stubborn double posting.....

AtavanHalen
June 14th 2008



17927 Comments


but you know what hey, we all have our guilty pleasures, i saw ur profile and u like greenday, they suck horribly, so maybe thats your guilty pleasure, no offense

I don't feel guilty about liking Green Day at all. They're one of my all time favourite bands. You probably weren't alive when Nimrod was out, so yeah.
Also, you need a head check if you think this piece of shit is better than Green Day.



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