Bullet For My Valentine
Scream Aim Fire
And lo did the masses pray unto the gods of metal. The gods, although fickle, did indeed answer the prayers, and Scream Aim Fire was birthed upon the world. And it was a blessed child for it did totally rock.
Metalcore as a genre is riddled with pretence, bullshit and laughably affected behaviour. Most of this seems to be driven by Americans who spend more time on their hairstyles than their music. It's refreshing then that Bullet For My Valentine manage to come rocking out of Wales to deliver a kick to the teeth of mediocrity.
This ticks all the boxes of a classic metal record and then draws a few more boxes onto the questionnaire. And then it ticks them too. This is the perfect blend of old and new metal, simultaneously pushing the envelope yet wearing its influences and heart on its sleeve.
Take the best bits of Iron Maiden, Metallica, and even lost legends such as Annihilator and filter them through the genius minds of youth and you get this joyous romp through the exuberances of fists in the air rock. Truly a classic.