This is a strange band. Good, but strange.
With all the sound-alike metalcore bands out there this is basically a good thing, with a few caveats.
Like most hardcore metalheads, I never paid any attention to emo bands, since my inner “13 year-old girl” left me when I was eight. However, I did manage to catch the video for Scream, Aim, Fire on Headbanger’s Ball and thought, “Wow, this is great. Very old Metallica. Heavy, good riffs, catchy vocal but not wimpy. They didn’t look dorky. I like these guys!”
Having no idea about their emo past, I immediately ordered Scream, Aim, Fire Deluxe, since you get the cool video with it.
How is it? For the most part, excellent. About the half the album is pretty old-school metal/thrash with cool harmony guitar riffs and ballsy-but-melodic vocals peppered with hardcore screams, not unlike newer Trivium. Actually, A LOT like newer Trivium. The title track is a monster. My only problem is that every 3rd song or so the vocals regress back to that horribly cloying emo vocal that sounds like a 15 year-old kid singing. Picture the guy from Fallout Boy singing for Anthrax :/
It’s a bit schitzophrenic, but at least it’s different. Overall a good metal album. I’m just hoping the guys decide what kind of band they want to be on the next album and leave the cutesy pop vocals at the door. BTW, the DVD has the 3 MTV videos in good quality along with some fairly useless tour footage with a musical background and no real dialogue. Ok to watch once, but really the videos are the reason to get this.