Sound — 10
Ok, I could go on and talk about how I think this is one of the best releases in the last 10 years, but you guys don't want to hear my shit so I'm gonna TRY to be unbiased here and just give some facts to help you understand about the CD. The sound is a lot different but not completely different from The Poison. There are some screams here and there but not every other sentence, which in my opinion is exactly what this band needed, I like The Poison but if they did another album like The Poison it would be too repetitive for my tastes and plus I like hearing Matt sing! The heaviest song is Waking The Demon which has loads of screams like the classic bullet stuff. The mellowest song is probably Say Goodnight, which is one of my favorites on the entire CD. I read somewhere on here that the mellower stuff on this CD is where bullet really shines and that is definatly true! It's great to see some different sides to bullet musically. If you liked bullet from the start you will love this CD. If you love all the screaming and heavyness The Poison offered and you thought Trivium's Crusade album sucked (haha), you'll think this album sucks! I personally think the sound of this album is a 10. The songs aren't all heavy love songs like from The Poison they are much more thought out and the outcome is great. The guitar work is also really good on this album, the intro on Deliver Us From Evil is killer! Even the riffs are more thought out this time around.
Lyrics — 8
The weakest point of this album is the lyrics. I don't like to admit this because I'm a fanboy. But if you listen to the lyrics to Scream Aim Fire that pretty much will give you an idea about the rest of the lyrics on the album. They don't suck, they're not the best and they are a little better then average. As for the vocal performances I gotta say I love hearing people sing more then I do scream! And there is definatly more singing then screaming on this CD. The best song vocal wise is probably Take It Out On Me, Say Goodnight or Forever And Always. It's hard for me to pick one out of those bunch. Matt can make his voice sound so different! If you like Metallicaish vocals then you'll like most of the vocals on this album.
Overall Impression — 9
I really want to give this album a 10, but I don't want to be too much of a fanboy! Ok here is my opinion: this album kills The Poison, the songs are much more thought out in depth, there are a variety of sounds on the album, and ofcourse the guitar work is awesome! I can't pick a favorite song off of this album, they are all awesome in their own right. Here are some facts. The album is not heavier then The Poison, but this only depends on what your definition of heavy is. If your definition of heavy is screaming then no this album is not heavier. If you thought Trivium, Lostprophets, and Funeral For A Friend's first albums were better and each CD got worse and worse you'll most likely think the same thing about this album. If you thought the only thing wrong with The Poison was that the songs were all the same you will be pleased with this album. Hopefully I helped you understand what the CD is like and stuff. I think it's definatly worth a listen from everyone! Go bullet!