Listening to the EP on repeat when it first came out, my standards were set pretty high with this band. Tracks such as "Hand of Blood" and "Curses" were just bang-on by my opinion.
Then the Poison came out. I wasn't disappointed. The album started all mellow, then hit you with a hammer and faded towards the end. Leaving you wanting more.
This album, on the other hand, I just can't really get into. The first 4 tracks; Scream, Aim Fire, Eye of the Storm, Hearts Burst Into Fire and Waking the Demon are really good. Hit you where it hurts right from the go.
Disappear, Deilver us from Evil and Take It Out On Me are instantly forgettable for me.
Say Goodbye revives the record a little. Where End of Days and Last To Know send it back down again. Where Forever and Always ends the album in good fashion.
Overall. The album isn't bad, in parts. I wasn't really taken by Matt Tucks new vocals on this album but they grew on me a little - but not much.
I can't fault the guitars and drums. There is so much technicality. I just find that if you can't get into the singers voice, it ruins the record for you.
I think it would be easier for new BfmV fans to listen to this first. Then get into the older stuff.