Top critical review
on October 11, 2005
To be honest, I liked how a lot of the songs were done, but there is a huge lack of originality on the part of Aiden.
The people saying that Aiden is essentially a My Chemical Romance clone are 85% right. The themes of "violent love" are all over the place, and the melodies were very reminiscent of MCR's pseudo-goth/pop-punk/almost-emo-ish-but-not-really style. It's obvious that this is what they were doomed for, looking at bands that likely influenced them (those bands including Bauhaus, Silverstein, and yes, MCR).
Another problem is that the variance of the lyrics and melodies and melodic tricks in almost none. Well over half of the songs have the word "nightmare" in their lyrics. Almost to the point where I was made to wonder if this was, in fact, a concept album (although, judging on the originality, or lack thereof, of the lyrics, melodies and "tricks", I'm assuming that it's not.) There were things that stuck out, such as an overuse of the good 'ol melodic trick where you have lots of guitars, and then stop everything and have the vocalist singing a cappella for a single line before "exploding" into the chorus. It was interesting to hear on the third track, but not on every other one after it.
Also, it follows the somewhat cliched "sad verse, happy chorus (with semi-violent lyrics)" form in its melodies. In fact, this is not unlike what My Chemical Romance often does, although MCR does this far less often.
So what saved it from 1 or 2 stars? For one thing, there was an interesting hidden track. Although it wasn't a song, per se, it pushed the album up to 2-star material. Another thing was the lead vocalist. In my opinion, he did a better job on this album than Gerard of My Chemical Romance has ever done.
The front sticker said "The new obsession for fans of A.F.I., Atreyu, and My Chemical Romance!". While the MCR similarities are blatant, and you CAN hear some Atreyu, the A.F.I. part is misleading. After hearing this album, I can safely say that Aiden sounded NOTHING like pre-Sing The Sorrow A.F.I., and even then, the only thing those two had in common were the annoyingly anthemic choruses (Such as those in "Silver And Cold", "Dancing Through Sunday" and "Bleed Black").
I'd be willing to buy Aiden's next album, but if they don't have a significant increase in creativity, I wouldn't bother with them after that.
Knife Blood Nightmare
The Last Sunrise
Genetic Design for Dying
See You In Hell...