Scream Aim Fire

Scream Aim Fire

by Bullet for My ValentineBullet for My Valentine

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Overview

Bullet for My Valentine hits the ground running and maintains a blistering pace throughout most of Scream Aim Fire, not even slowing down for "Hearts Burst Into Fire," the first of two love songs featured on the album. It's definitely harder and more aggressive than the band's debut album, The Poison, which had a sound evenly divided between emo and metal. For Scream Aim Fire, Bullet for My Valentine leans more toward the latter and sounds increasingly self-assured and solid for it. That's not to say that the group has switched genres or completely changed their approach -- Scream Aim Fire isn't an album from a band in transition, but a band in the process of evolving. Having found a formula that works, Bullet for My Valentine expands it and incorporates different influences. (The guitar solos in "Waking the Demon" are comparable to those on Avenged Sevenfold's City of Evil, while Matt Tuck's vocals on "Deliver Us from Evil" bear enough resemblance to Gerard Way that they induce a double take.) But thanks to Scream Aim Fire's pacing, it can be difficult to appreciate the band's growth. The songs breeze by at the beginning, slow down for two or three tracks in the middle, then pick up abruptly toward the end. A more even distribution between fast and slow songs would have done the album a world of good. Fortunately, Bullet for My Valentine ends the album effort with "Forever and Always," an arena-ready power ballad whose unwavering midtempo beat is steadying after the frenetic songs that precede it. Its concert-closer feel isn't coincidence -- not only does the song bring Scream Aim Fire to a satisfying conclusion; it also begs for an encore.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886972139326
catalogNumber: 721393
Rank: 7792

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bullet for My Valentine   Primary Artist
Jay Baby James   Bass
Matthew Tuck   Guitar,Vocals
Moose Thomas   Drums
Jay James   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Michael Padget   Guitar

Technical Credits

Matt Hyde   Engineer
Colin Richardson   Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Rose   Engineer
Benji Webbe   Composer
Craig Jennings   Management
Rick Sales   Management
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Ginger Ford   Engineer
Bullet for My Valentine   Composer
Matthew Tuck   Composer
Don Clark   Photo Illustration

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