Bullet for My Valentine
Scream, Aim, Fire


3.0
good

Review

by Ben. K USER (8 Reviews)
August 13th, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bullet For My Valentine's second LP didn't live up to the expected standards. However, it was not a complete failure.

After such a promising leap into the metal industry with Bullet for My Valentines debut album -the Poison- their new release was waited upon in high anticipation. To many fans of their predecessing album, Scream Aim Fire was a letdown. Their original melodic metalcore elements vanished instantly in Scream Aim Fire, which was replaced with a Pop/Rock influenced tracklist. Besides the albums few standout tracks it is a mediocre album in light of The Poison's success.

The first song on the album Scream Aim Fire symbolizes BFMV's progression from unique metal to generic metalcore. Matt Tuck's singing is fairly awful, and the pop based chorus is the beginning of the doo-doo that more than half of this album is. The combination of screaming and singing on the Poison mixed nicely, the tones of Jay and Matt combining perfectly. Aside from Tuck's occasional scream, the clean vocals are lame and lack the 'oomph' that they contained in the Poison which ends up with parts of Scream Aim Fire being as dull as dishwater. Riffs, although present, have nothing on the guitar brilliance that occurs in songs such present on BFMV’s first album. It’s as if BFMV are aiming for catchy guitar duets that you'd in find in some of a pop rock bands heavier work.

The reason that this album is able to scrape a decent rating is due to its three stand-out songs. Waking the Demon is by far the greatest song on the album, it's unforgettable riff helping The Poison fans reminisce about the good old days. The screamed vocals are certainly above par with the rest of the album along with the guitar duets that battle throughout the chorus, bridge and solo. Other notable tracks include the softer Deliver us From Evil which is arguably the most successful power ballad that they have produced. Although it does contain those pop/rock roots, it is still a solid song compared to the mediocrity that is Scream Aim Fire. Another attempted ballad Hearts Burst into Fire is pulled off rather successfully. Yet the chorus falls behind the extremely catchy chorus. End of Days is not dissimilar to Waking the Demon, although it lacks the charm Waking the Demon contains.

The lyrics used in the tracks (although the Poison was not much better) seem meaningless garble about death, war and destruction. If there is not a subliminal message hidden very deeply in the lyrical garbage it sounds as though BFMV are trying to appeal to teenagers love of 'violence'. The drumming in Scream Aim Fire was fairly generic and the double pedal wasn't used too much at all when it was possibly needed to add an extra punch to a song here or there.

An example of an astoundingly boring song is Forever and Always. An awful attempt at getting dueling guitars to sound sincere, this song is the low-light of the album. Matt Tuck's vocals sound whiny and the occasional scream does not add to the supposedly sincere atmosphere. Eye of the Storm is similar in the sense that it is bland and lacks flavour, like a chocolate cake without sugar.

After all the battering I have given this album, it is not as bad as a follow-up album to a superb breakout can be. Scream Aim Fire has it's highs and lows although it is dominated by the lower points of the album. It was a step away from the Poison, and a step towards a generic metal genre. Waking the Demon is above standard, yet the rest of the album is par.

2.8/5

Recommended Tracks
Deliver Us From Evil
Waking the Demon
End of Days
Hearts Burst into Fire



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2011


6202 Comments


one review per day bro!!!!!

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KronosRage
August 13th 2011


367 Comments


This is their best album musically, but still sucks

iFghtffyrdmns
August 13th 2011


7047 Comments


yes it's site policy 'round these parts to stick to 1 review per day... when you post a bunch in a row like this, you push other people's work off the main page and that often rattles certain individuals.

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Hearts Burst Into Fire" made me buy the album, "Deliver Us From Evil" kept it in my cd player for ages; still enjoy this album from time to time.

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MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

does anyone else think ashes of the innocent was the best song on here by a mile? and it was a damn bonus track

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That one actually bugs me a bit now that I've listened to it :/

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

how come?

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The chorus/overall word choice. It's not like the entire album can't be worthy of poking fun at, but I was hoping for something a bit better. The opening reminded me of The Poison but then it sadly reverted back to this albums sound.

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah, as you can judge by my rating i aint a fan of this. It's still better than fever though uuurrrrggghhhh now that is the epitome of shit

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was the first album I heard by them, afterwards I got The Poison. I admit to buying Fever but it was an impulse rather than wanting it because of teh brootalz. "Pretty On The Inside" is ok, otherwise nothing really stand out.

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i got into these guys through their first ep. then the poison came out and i thought it was great (still like it to this day although not as much as i used to) and since then they just seem to be getting worse. I really dislike their ballad attempts, i always think they come off as forced and at times cringe worthy. Fever was pretty much everything i didn't like about this album turned up to 11 and dragged out over a full length album. I bought it as i read a magazine review that gave it 5/5 and said it was their "masterpiece".

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Masterpiece" must have another definition outside of Sputnik, honestly why don't we have our own magazine already? Published once a month, featuring the craziest lists, the reviews, I'd buy it if I wasn't online here all the time.

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahaha now that might actually work, some review are genuinley awesome and some just make you want to laugh so hard you puke. To be honest sometimes you wouldnt need to publish peoples lists, just publish some of the conversations and arguments that go on in the threads, some of them are hilarious.

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed, there's talent and comedy aplenty! I'm always surprised when I venture into other review sites, I'm used to the staff reviews here/some of the better user reviews and 8/10 times our reviews are better in every way.

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

to be honest i've never really looked at many other review sites, i went on pitchfork once for about 5 minutes and found it irritating. can't even remember how i ended up finding this site to be honest, but oh well i've been here a year and a half now and i like it.

Acanthus
August 13th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoy it immensely, I stumbled randomly on it one day and started using it to check out which albums to buy/download next and eventually decided I lurked enough to warrant a profile.

MoosechriS
August 13th 2011


5024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i think thats how i ended up on here to be honest. don't think i lurked for too long, I posted 3 reviews in the first day and got a mild flaming for my troubles lol (hey i didnt know the rules) and to be fair the reviews i posted apart from maybe one of them were all terrible. I'm a very meat and potatoes writer, i can explain my point but it's boring as fuck to read lol

SatelliteYears
August 13th 2011


190 Comments


Solid review. This album was much better than Fever, IMO.

Proworks31
August 13th 2011


334 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hehe, I'll slow down with the reviews, it's just pretty damn fun to do.


ShadowRemains
August 13th 2011


21054 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

expected standards lol

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