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Aiden - Disguises

WREN   (346 reviews)

Posted: 05/07/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

With each review I do I try to remove any preconceived opinions about any artist or band prior to jumping into the album that I’m about to critique. I try to bounce around from genre to genre, mainstream to DIY, sure disasters to guaranteed perfections all in attempt to broaden my horizons. So when I found that Aiden’s newest release, Disguises, was sent in by Victory Records for review, I set it aside for myself. Before I even opened the cellophane I anticipated only two options. I was either going to find myself completely shocked by a quality record or I was going to further prove to myself that I’m a glutton for punishment. Unfortunately for me it was the latter.

Up until a few days ago I always found myself steadfastly avoiding Aiden like they were the Bubonic Plague. Throughout the bands 7 year career I’ve only heard snippets of songs and their embarrassing cover of Gerard McMann’s (aka G Tom Mac) Cry Little Sister that wound up on the Lost Boys: The Tribe sequel. To add to my already sour taste for the band anytime I saw the band’s photos it screamed to me that they were trying to hard to be a second rate AFI. Their fans all seem to be around 10-13 years my junior and in that “freak” adolescent stage right before they decide to stop rebelling and grow up. I knew Aiden wasn’t for me but I went against my better judgment anyway.

My initial thought was that it was going to be a clone of AFI during their Art Of Drowning era. In some ways I was correct. They do have melodies that are in vain of that poppy Horror-Punk, the depressed, gothic in nature lyrics are present and there are vocal harmonies that are very reminiscent of Davey Havok and the boys. Aiden drifts away from the theme by adding elements of post-hardcore and melodic metalcore for an overall sound that reminds me of a darker version of The Used.

The band only really falls apart once singer William Control opens his mouth. His voice isn’t the problem it’s his immature lyrics. The entire album comes off as a poorly described, somber journey through a 16 year old girl’s point of view that thinks the world doesn’t get her and her black hair and makeup. Control’s descriptive vocabulary doesn’t reach far beyond dead, dying, despair, misery, pain, and black. I’m not entirely sure what they were singing about 7 years ago but it leads me to believe that either Control burnt himself out with writing or he hasn’t matured as a lyricist. I’m going to have to think that the 2nd option is the case here.

While they are able to put together songs that are catchy and not nearly as annoying as I anticipated, it’s too safe of a style of music for me. Unfortunately for us the main showing going community falls right into their laps. This current generation’s Warped Tour crowd would rather cookie cutter music rather than require their bands to push new horizons. They tend to settle for whatever is easy and Aiden fulfills their needs or lack thereof.

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