Sunday, October 18, 2015

Song Of The Week: 10/18/15

Song: "The Asylum"

Artist: Aiden

Album: "From Hell...With Love"

Year: 2010

Place Of Origin: Seattle, Washington

Years Active: 2003-present


"The Asylum" appears to be somewhat straight forward. It's about being locked in a mental asylum. You get the sense that the vocalist feels he is not insane or sick but is being made to be by the doctors in the asylum and the medications that they force him to take. He is being drugged as well as being abused, physically and mentally so, perhaps before he went in, he was dealing with some problems, but after he went in, the asylum has began to drive him totally mad. It has made him feel totally worthless as a human being.

AIDEN DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2004 - "Our Gang's Dark Oath" (Dead Teenager Records)
2005 - "Nightmare Anatomy" (Victory Records)
2007 - "Conviction" (Victory Records)
2009 - "Knives" (Victory Records)
2010 - "From Hell...With Love" (Victory Records)
2011 - "Disguises" (Victory Records)
2011 - "Some Kind Of Hate" (Victory Records)


Aiden formed as a band back in 2003. After releasing "Our Gang's Dark Oath" in 2004, Aiden caught the ear of label Victory Records and the two formed a partnership that would span the band's career. 2005's "Nightmare Anatomy" proved to be the band's definitive album, both critically and monetarily. With hit singles such as "The Last Sunrise", "Die Romantic" and "Knife Blood Nightmare", Aiden was officially on the map. Aiden is a band that seems to be working non-stop, whether that be releasing music or touring. From 2004 till 2011, the band dropped 6 studio full length albums, 1 live album and a few EP's. Your talking new music from a band literally every year! The band also toured relentlessly, whether supporting other acts, headlining their own tours, or joining some festivals, most notably the Taste Of Chaos tour, Bamboozle Festival and the Warped Tour. From 2012 to 2014, Aiden took a short hiatus so frontman Wil Francis could focus on his side project William Control. In 2015, longtime bassist Nick Wiggins decided to leave the band, leaving Francis as the only origninal member of the band left. Currently, Francis has decided that Aiden will release one last album which is due out on October 30, 2015. This self titled album will be offered as a free digital download as a thank you to all the Aiden fans out there who stayed loyal to the band over the years. I expect a farewell tour will follow the release of the album before the book is closed on Aiden as a band. Aiden is very much influenced by goth/punk or horror/punk, in fact, The Misfits and The Damned are probably the band's 2 biggest influences. Their musical style is definitely derived from those influences and their lyrical themes are often of dark content, often dealing with pain, sorrow, depression and overall mental distress. I'd say the contemporary band that Aiden most resembles is AFI. I would say Aiden is not nearly as tight or accomplished as AFI however. Where AFI and a band such as My Chemical Romance might be at the head of modern goth/punk, Aiden is definitely lumped in with that crowd. Not a total follower, but not quite at the front of that musical movement either. Say what you want about Aiden, the fact is, they left the masses with a lot of music in a short period of time.


1. Knife Blood Nightmare
2. Die Romantic
3. We Sleep Forever
4. Scavengers Of The Damned
5. Cry Little Sister
6. I Set My Friends On Fire
7. Walk Among The Dead
8. Broken Bones
9. Crawling Up From Hell
10. One Love

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