Scream Aim Fire

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For the song of the same name, see Scream Aim Fire (song).
Scream Aim Fire
Studio album by Bullet for My Valentine
Released January 28, 2008
Recorded Sonic Ranch, Texas, 2007
Genre Thrash metal, heavy metal, metalcore
Length 52:32
69:01 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Jive Records[1]
20-20 Entertainment LLC[2]
Producer Colin Richardson
Bullet for My Valentine chronology
The Poison
(2005)
Scream Aim Fire
(2008)
Fever
(2010)
Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Edition
Singles from Scream Aim Fire
  1. "Scream Aim Fire"
    Released: December 18, 2007
  2. "Hearts Burst into Fire"
    Released: March 31, 2008
  3. "Waking the Demon"
    Released: April 21, 2008

Scream Aim Fire is the second studio album by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine, released on 28 January 2008 in the UK and the preceding day in the US through Jive Records. Since its release, Scream Aim Fire has sold over 2 million copies worldwide,[3] with 500,000 copies being sold in the US alone.[3]

Music style and background[edit]

This album by Bullet For My Valentine has sounded quite different from The Poison. It had less screaming than The Poison, but Scream Aim Fire had more songs that were aggressive. The album is abandoned the metalcore on their previous album, moving on to a more thrash metal style.[4] Before the release of Scream Aim Fire, the band stated that it album would be considerably heavier than The Poison. Scream Aim Fire has fewer screaming songs than its predecessor, partly because of the problem lead singer Matthew Tuck had with his tonsils.

Scream Aim Fire went straight to number 5 in the UK album Charts and number 4 in the Australian album charts. Additionally, the album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of about 53,000. Since its release, Scream Aim Fire has sold over one million copies worldwide and over 500,000 copies in the US.

The title track "Scream Aim Fire" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour. The track "Waking the Demon", is available for download for both Rock Band and Rock Band 2 for the price of $1.99 (160 Microsoft points). "Scream Aim Fire", "Tears Don't Fall", as well as, "Fever" are available on Rockband 3 in a pack for $5.49 for the three or $1.99 Individually. The track "Hearts Burst into Fire" is featured in the video game NHL 09.

This album is also very popular for their ballad song called "Say Goodnight". Matt Tuck stated that this was one of his favorite songs to perform live, even though the song was never released as a single or video. Sometimes when performed live they either play the whole song with the opening solos, or they have Matt Tuck starting the song of by playing the song cleanly on his guitar. After a while the band appears later with the heavy parts.

Writing and recording[edit]

Recording of the album was complete in November 2007 with vocalist/guitarist Matthew Tuck telling Kerrang! magazine he was looking forward to be working with guest producer Alec Cartio again.[citation needed]

Release and promotion[edit]

At midnight on the 28 January, Bullet for My Valentine were present in Cardiff to do an album signing to go with the release of the album. At 18:00 the same day, they did a 20 minute performance at HMV in Oxford Circus with 300 present to get their album signed.[citation needed]

A 15-minute album commentary was released on the US digital single for "Scream Aim Fire", released on 18 December 2007, along with the track "Eye of the Storm",[citation needed] which was also released on a free Kerrang! CD and as a free download for signing up to the Sony BMG mailing list.[citation needed]

The second single from the album, "Hearts Burst into Fire", was announced by the band during their UK tour. Matt Tuck said that the band recorded the song live for the music video.[citation needed]

"Waking the Demon" is the third and final single of the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars [1]
AbsolutePunk 76% [5]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars
IGN (6.7/10) [6]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars
Metal Hammer 8/10 stars
Total Guitar 5/5 stars
NME 8/10 stars [7]
Ultimate Guitar (8.6/10) [8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bullet for My Valentine

No. Title Length
1. "Scream Aim Fire"   4:26
2. "Eye of the Storm"   4:02
3. "Hearts Burst into Fire"   4:57
4. "Waking the Demon"   4:07
5. "Disappear"   4:05
6. "Deliver Us from Evil"   5:58
7. "Take It Out on Me" (featuring Benji Webbe) 5:52
8. "Say Goodnight"   4:43
9. "End of Days"   4:18
10. "Last to Know"   3:17
11. "Forever and Always"   6:46
Total length:
52:32

DVDs[edit]

Japanese Limited Edition DVD[edit]

  • 5 bonus tracks
    • No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper cover)
    • Ashes of the Innocent
    • Hearts Burst into Fire (Acoustic)
    • Creeping Death (Metallica cover)
    • Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
  • "Scream Aim Fire" music video
  • The Making of "Scream Aim Fire"
  • Bullet TV:
    • Welcome to the Studio
    • Sonic Ranch Cribs
    • Night at the Ranch
    • Quad Pinching
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scream Aim Fire: The Comics

Deluxe Edition DVD[edit]

  • 4 bonus tracks
    • Road to Nowhere
    • Watching Us Die Tonight
    • One Good Reason Why
    • Ashes of the Innocent
  • 3 music videos:
    • Scream Aim Fire
    • Waking the Demon
    • Hearts Burst into Fire
  • Bullet TV:
    • Drinking
    • Switzerland
    • Japan
    • Travel to Oz
    • Australia/New Zealand

USB Edition[edit]

Bullet for My Valentine have also released the album on a metal bullet-shaped Flash Drive with the band's symbol engraved into it.[9] The bullet-shaped Flash Drive has the same properties as the Special Edition CD, with the inclusion of a 15 minute track-by-track video commentary, 4 wallpapers, and the booklet/insert in PDF format.

Singles charts[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK Singles Chart UK Rock Chart US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock German Singles Chart
2007 "Scream Aim Fire" 34 1 26 16 58
2008 "Hearts Burst into Fire" 66 1 22 99
2008 "Waking the Demon" 1 39

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak position
Australian Albums Chart 4
US Billboard 200 4
UK Albums Chart 5
Finnish Albums Chart 8[10]
Austrian Albums Chart 3[11]
Irish Albums Chart 10
Swedish Albums Chart 5
French Albums Chart 38[12]
Japanese Albums Chart 1 [13]
New Zealand Albums Chart 29[14]
Swiss Albums Chart 18[15]
German Albums Chart 3
World Albums Chart 4

Personnel[edit]

Bullet for My Valentine
Additional musicians
  • Benji Webbe - additional vocals/lyrics on "Take It Out On Me"
Production

References[edit]