If you are do judge a band on its second album following a big
breakthrough with their debut album, and then I would say things
look very bright for Bullet for My Valentine. 'Scream Aim
Fire' is the perfect successor to 'The Poison', where the band
showed what kind of potential they have. On 'Scream Aim Fire' they
come out firing on all cylinders...
The album opens with the title song "Scream Aim Fire", a song that
is pretty representative for the album. The song pretty much sums up
what direction the band has taken on this album; straighter, faster
and harder songs and there is no beating around the bush on this
release. This is how modern thrash metal should sound like, and
their mixture between old school thrash metal and more modern
metalcore sounds is second to none.
And to help them elevate this album into the stratosphere is none
other than Colin Richardson, and he has given them an excellent and
crystal clear sound that fits the music perfectly. One of the best
productions I've ever heard!
Turning a bit away from the Screamo/Emocore territory and more into
metal territory is for me the perfect move for them, but for fans of
'The Poison' it might be a big pill to swallow. This is a big step
forward for them, and the album possesses everything needed to make
this one a modern metal classic.
For me bands like Bullet for My Valentine represents the
future of thrash metal compared with the dinosaurs, and this album
proves me right! They show that the way to the top goes thru them...