Sound — 10
I became a fan of BFMV with the release of this album, of course I heard Tears Don't Fall and All These Things I Hate, but I bought this album first after hearing Scream Aim Fire. After being blown away by this album I got The Poison as well and was surprised by the difference. On Scream Aim Fire, in my opinion, they have some true heavy metal with a little less heavy vocals. Although they had reason to include less screams, due to Tucks' tonsil issue, they still had a lot and could have included more. The lack of screams is no problem to me; I think if they had had screaming it would have taken away from the synchronicity with the music. The album starts out and kicks your ass with scream aim fire, one on the heaviest song on the album. The solos and riffs on this album also impressed me, as a guitar player I look up to the playing on this album more than that of The Poison.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on this album "matured" you could say from The Poison, shifting from many songs that involve hopeless love to many other topics. I think this shows their skill to write better. I mean you got to love the lyrics to Tears Don't Fall, but this album tackles different stuff: war, anger, even bullying and still the love stuff. Again, Tucks' vocals are not as scream-heavy but go very well with the music. On the song Take it Out on Me Benji Webbe from Skindred does guest vocals and it blend well, although I've never listened to Skindred I like his vocals on that song. The lyrics to Scream Aim Fire (the song) deal with war and I really enjoy the picture it paints. Hearts Burst Into Fire is one of their song dealing with love and is one of my favorite of the album.
Overall Impression — 10
I love this album. It's better than The Poison. The guitarwork is awesome, the solos are blistering and the vocals are great, I don't think the lack of screaming affected the album at all. Scream Aim Fire, Hearts Burst Into Fire, Disappear, Take It Out On Me and Forever and Always are all of my favorites (I know I know like half of the album, but they all are great songs) Bullet For My Valentine has become one of my favorite bands and I'm looking forward to see them play live!