Metal-core UK sensations Bullet For My Valentine have returned with their highly anticipated sophomore full length release Scream Aim Fire. After already leaving an impressive mark after their debut The Poison, the foursome is back with a heavier sound with hopes of capturing the attention of many and proving to the rest that they are in fact a band to look out for in 2008.
The band formed in the late 90’s in South Wales as a college cover band but thanks to the lack of finances the band took a twist in their direction and Bullet For My Valentine was created. After playing shows in hopes of grabbing the attention of a record deal, Roadrunner Records stepped up with an offer but was rejected and Sony BMG signed the band to a five record deal . With their debut release selling over one million copies worldwide the band toured constantly and graced the covers of many magazines including Kerrang! and even Revolver. It seemed like this band was the golden child and they could not be stopped. If only it were that easy.
Bullet For My Valentine had a rough experience on a Rob Zombie tour in 2006 leading them to be dismissed from the tour. Where many other seasoned bands saw it as an inexperienced band not meeting up with the heavyweight’s expectations, it was more of a band not wanting to overcharge their fans and not being treated like the rest. To make matters worse the lead singer Matthew Tuck caught a mean case of laryngitis later that year and the band was forced to cancel shows in order for him to heal. These small detours did not distract the band one bit. Once Matthew Tuck healed the band was back in the studio to create Scream Aim Fire.
As soon as the CD starts the title track "Scream Aim Fire" almost pushes you out of your chair. It is a heavy track and really declares this band is not slowing down one bit. The drums are powerful and guitar solos are simply gratifying almost recalling past metal bands such as Pantera and Machine Head. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite tracks off this CD and I have a feeling I am not going to be the only one who digs it.
“Hearts Burst Into Fire” calms down the metal-core for a moment to remind you the guys in the band are musicians and not just heavy metal warriors. This rock ballad reminds me of all the hair-bands of the past that wanted to show you a softer side to their hard exterior. The song, calling upon the way the band feels when they come home after a long time away, will be getting a lot of airplay this year.