Bullet for My Valentine
Scream, Aim, Fire


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
February 20th, 2011 | 84 replies | 10,345 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Are Bullet For My Valentine growing up? Or are they trying for a new direction?

Bullet For My Valentine's second effortis something different showing a different side to themselves and thier fans. Bullet For My Valentine show their stronger influences, often tagged as the 'next Metallica' by others Bullet For My Valentine have moved to a faster, thrashier recording and whether the new Metallica status is correct or not, their overall musical style has matured.

One of the first things listeners will notice is that while its Bullet For My Valentine, its faster and has a better balance of screamed and clean vocals whilst remaining catchy. This album still features 'chugged' guitar riffs and technical guitar solos. Also featuring in Scream Aim Fire is the added melody lines (more than that of 'The Poison') showing off a better sense of songwriting skill and judgement of where the melody lines work in songs. Bullet For My Valentine shows a better sense of talent through their instruments.

A weak point of the album includes the transition between songs, more often than not listerners will find tracks blending together, especially during the faster, thrashier songs for example from 'Hearts Burst Into Fire' to 'Waking The Demon' to 'Dissapear' listeners will find this especially blending together, with no break from the fast-paced chugging. However this effect is lost when the album moves to the softer more melodic tracks such as 'Say Goodnight' and 'Forever And Always'. These tracks also show the added level of maturity shown by the band both in song writing ability and overall context as these songs, plus others tackle issues such as depression, death, war and politics as well as the ever present topic of heartache.

Bullet For My Valentine show great enthusiasm in Scream Aim Fire however tracks do tend to blend together, while others feel like fillers or extensions of other song ideas. The vocals on Scream Aim Fire have also had a noticeable change, especially the lack of screamed vocals, that is to say that their there, just with a better balance and better taste. The non-screamed vocal lines however have become harsher, rushed and less melodically sung, an example of this would be the opening title track 'Scream Aim Fire' where certain parts of the song are actually screamed including the hook-line, screams during the break-down and 'charge' over the top of a pick scratch. This shows a more mature style of song-writing.

Overall Scream Aim Fire is an enjoyable listen, as long as the tracks don't start to blend together, a plus of the album is the developed song-writing and contextual maturity displayed on this album and while this album is consistantly good it is not as yet of a high quality which is expected from the band and it remains a great progression from 'The Poison'.

Highlights Include:
Scream Aim Fire
Last To Know
Forever And Always



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ConsiderPhlebas
February 20th 2011


6157 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Are Bullet For My Valentine growing up? Or are they trying for a new direction?




No.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2011


28508 Comments


AS I SCREAM AIM AND FYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

KILL
February 20th 2011


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

bad

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2011


28508 Comments


Are Bullet For My Valentine growing up?



ITS KILLING TIME! OVER THE TOP! OVER THE TOP


theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2011


28508 Comments


THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO DIE

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


I think the overall flow of my reviews are getting better, if even only slightly.

Strider
February 20th 2011


4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I pos'd but it felt like your review was pushing us towards the end.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


thats kinda what i felt about the album, it was better during the middle. got any other nit picking, feel free cause it should help with the next one i put up.

Strider
February 20th 2011


4598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only thing I noticed is the repetition of the word album on the last paragraph, but that's all (3 times in the same sentence)

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


yeah, i try to avoid that kind of thing, thanks. if you've got the time check out a couple of my other reviews and tell me whether the writing style has improved, its what im focusing more on.

Crymsonblaze
February 20th 2011


7480 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review! Band is pretty fun.

Buccaneer
February 20th 2011


692 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

just awful

Oceans
February 20th 2011


934 Comments


Its really not that bad

fr33convict
February 20th 2011


11689 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The non-screamed vocal lines however have become harsher, rushed and less melodically sung, an example of this would be the opening title track 'Scream Aim Fire' where certain parts of the song are actually screamed including the hook-line, screams during the break-down and 'charge' over the top of a pick scratch. This shows a more mature style of song-writing

I don't agree with calling this more mature at all. Good review nonetheless though.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


thanks fr33.
i probably could have explained that better. i meant more mature with there songwriting style choosing specific points to add screams, creatively i feel its more mature.
thanks nonetheless

DinoX
February 20th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to love this album so much when I was 14. Had BFMV shirts, posters the whole bit- now I can`t stand this band.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


ive had bands like that, they used to jump back and forth on my ipod. Your into them and then your not, sometimes they come back.

ffs
February 20th 2011


4873 Comments


hearts burst into fire owns i dont care what anyone says


the poison is better than this but yeah this band is generally really embarrassing

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2011


7041 Comments


I will admit this album is not in my top plays.

bloc
February 20th 2011


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I always enjoyed the Scream Aim Fire breakdown

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