Sound — 9
In my opinion this is the best Bullet album yet. Don't get me wrong I love all of their older stuff, but this is just my personal best. When Matt Tuck said that his vocals will be more aggressive for this album, he was in fact telling the truth. Even though there is generally more singing than screaming, the way in which he sings is much more aggressive than the poison or any of their EPs. The title track "Scream, Aim, Fire" is a good example of this. Although the screaming is less it is still there and is mixed perfectly with the singing. "disappear" is a good example of this at the chorus when Matt screams "now all those acts repaid, your turn to be afraid" then sings "not longer, almost done, oh god just what have I become?" to me this makes the song actually sound intimidating. Although the album is more aggressive, it also doesn't lack melody. "Hearts Burst Into Fire", "Say Goodnight" "Deliver Us From Evil" and "Forever And Alwasy" are the more melodic songs on this album and all of them are amazing, and Matt seems to use his old style of singing in Say Goodnight which shows that he has still got a good melodic voice. I bought the special edition of this CD which came with a DVD and a bonus track "Ashes Of The Innocent". The DVD was pretty poor, but the bonus track alone makes it worth the extra money. The song starts out fast with dopuble bass and fast guitars with fast screaming with a calmer singing chorus, and is by far the best song on the album.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are good, but nothing special. As for Matt Tuck's new vocal style, I feel as a vocalist myself that he chose that new style rather than being forced into it through an operation. When I listen to songs like Say Good Night or even the chorus of Waking The Demon, I can hear his old style which is good, nut I do love the new style it makes it feel more like a metal album and less emo. The way in which he is singing is not much different, he just adds more aggression to his voice, kinda in between singing and screaming, which works really well for this album. He also uses this new style melodically as well, Hearts Burst Into Fire is a great example of this. Say Goodnight is one of the most melodic songs on the CD, but does have screaming at the end but it sound melodic even though it is sceaming, which in my opinion is something that can only be done by a talented vocalist.
Overall Impression — 9
Scream, Aim, Fire is in a completely different standard to anything else that Bullet have ever done. This is by far more metal than the other albums, and Bullet have gone in the opposite direction to most bands, which not many get away with. In other words, most bands start out pure metal, get an established audience and then gradually get more mainstream or emo, but Bullet started out quite emo (don't get me wrong it was still amazing, but the video for All These Things I Hate proves my point for me here) and have now edged more towards the metal scene which has worked extremely well for them.