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AIDEN - DISGUISES [ALBUM]

AIDEN - DISGUISES [ALBUM]

Victory Records

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire May 15th, 2011.

Four days. That’s how long Aiden spent in the studio recording their most recent album, Disguises. Hasty? Judging by the results, not even a little bit.

Aiden’s past albums have taken vastly different turns. Early albums Our Gangs Dark Oath and Nightmare Anatomy took a distinctive horror-punk turn, whereas followup Conviction sounded very little like previous work and received rather mixed reviews from fans. They returned to their roots with 2009’s Knives, though it had a much more raw, pissed off tone.

With Disguises, Aiden has taken the best aspects of their former albums and, rushed or not, created a splendid work of art.

The album contains much of their aggressive, driven roots, but it also branches off into tracks reminiscent of other artists, styles, and attitudes. For example, “A Portrait of the Artist” takes a lighter, less intense tone, while retaining the essence of the band. “Hysteria” is an anthem reflecting strongly on singer WiL Francis’ outspoken views on organized religion, and it, like other songs, demonstrates the intelligence we’ve seen in Francis’ lyrics both with Aiden and his side project, William Control. The track “ReEvolver” (featuring guest vocals by Girl On Fire’s Austin Held) seems to take a very different musical route than much of the album, and it may be difficult at first to meld mentally with the rest of the album. The calm, almost ballad-esque bridge is an interesting lull between both heavier parts of the track itself and heavier parts of the album. (“ReEvolver” is placed right between true-to-punk “Perfect Muse” and “Walk Among the Dead,” which easily evokes memories of the Nightmare Anatomy period.) The album ends with a beautiful piano-based cover of “Radio” by Alkaline Trio, and it closes the album very smoothly.


Overall, the album – despite being a bit eclectic – comes off as epitomic of what fans have come to identify as Aiden. There is a song and a tone for everyone. Disguises will be perfect for fans who have that favorite album, and it will allow new fans to see all sides of a great band.

Aiden will soon be embarking on the “Horror Nights Tour” with Eyes Set to Kill, Vampires Everywhere!, Get Scared, and Dr. Acula.

Tour dates:
  • 05/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Avalon
  • 05/10 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
  • 05/11 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
  • 05/12 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nite Club
  • 05/13 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
  • 05/14 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
  • 05/15 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
  • 05/17 Detroit, MI – Shelter
  • 05/18 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
  • 05/21 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
  • 05/22 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
  • 05/24 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
  • 05/25 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
  • 05/27 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
  • 05/28 Montreal, QC – Le National
  • 05/29 Toronto, ON – The Annex
  • 05/31 New York City, NY – Gramercy Theatre
  • 06/01 Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
  • 06/02 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox Laundrolounge
  • 06/03 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
  • 06/04 Orlando, FL – The Social
  • 06/05 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
  • 06/07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
  • 06/08 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
  • 06/09 Dallas, TX – The Door
  • 06/10 El Paso, TX – Club 101
  • 06/11 Tucson, AZ – Skrappy’s
  • 06/12 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
  • 06/14 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
  • 06/15 Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza & Pub
  • 06/17 San Diego, CA – SOMA
  • 06/18 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
  • 06/19 Lancaster, CA – Mango Tango
  • 06/20 Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace Center

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