Aiden
Rain in Hell


2.0
poor

Review

by Benjamin Laslow USER (18 Reviews)
December 21st, 2006 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We won't probably remember Aiden in the next year anymore. This EP shows exactly why. They are the biggest rip off I have seen in my entire life. They're not even a Misfits cover band anymore, they're an AFI, MATCHBOOK ROMANCE cover band. Sickingly.

Rain in Hell is the new EP/DVD released on October 31, 2006 (Halloween) by the Emo/Post hardcore band Aiden. It includes new tracks as well as a cover of The Misfits' "Die Die My Darling" and Billy Idol's "White Wedding". The DVD features live perfomances and music videos.

Track Listing
1. A Candle Light (Intro)
2. The Suffering
3. We Sleep Forever
4. White Wedding (Billy Idol Cover)
5. Die Die My Darling (The Misfits Cover)
6. Silent Eyes

DVD Listing
(DVD) Live Set From Never Sleep Again Tour in Chicago’s House Of Blues
(DVD) Knife Blood Nightmare (Video)
(DVD) Die Romantic (Video)
(DVD) Last Sunrise (Video)
(DVD) Extra Bonus Hometown Performances

Aiden are
Wil Francis (vocals)
Jake Wambold (guitar)
Jake Davison (drums)
Nick Wiggins (bass)
Angel Ibarra (guitar)


The Rain in Hell EP opens with A Candlelight Intro which has really strong, and by strong I mean rip off, influences off AFI's "Miseria Cantare". It has also a darkish beginning, with rain and lightning noises at the beginning and has a dark dragging sound and also goes into a main part that reminds me very strong of Miseria. Couldn't they have made it MORE obvious? Jeez. Well, it's not that bad of an opener, but it's just depressing obvious who they are trying to copy. Anyway, the intro goes straight into the next track which opens with a Bang.
The Suffering is a track that has promise in my opinion, especially at the beginning. It begins with some chants ("Burn..your...friends!") and then some really well sung verses. They have a very good drive assited by some fast drums and pretty cool bassline in the background which gave the song a cool, fast feeling. But when I heard the refrain I thought "Why?". It doesn't fit with the rest AT ALL. It's a typical pop punk refrain with their leadsinger moaning like a crying mess. I really think that this track had potential with the group chants that really gave a track a good outline but the chorus almost destroyed everything. Good concept, but a bad execution at the end.

You know "A box full of sharp objects" by the Used. We Sleep Forever has the EXACT same sound at the beginning in my opinion. The song turns quickly into the typical Aiden mess, a dangerous mix between AFI, The Used, My Chemical Romance and.. the Misfits. Well, dangerous but not in a positive way. More in a "heard ten thousand times before in any other teeny pop punk song" way. Honestly, at least AFI tried to create a new sound with SOME Misfits influences. Aiden COMPLETELY rip them off.
White Wedding, originally by New Wave/Punk icon Billy Idol, lacks the badass vocals from the original, but has thankfully at least the groove that made this song awesome. There is not much more to say, it's pretty much the original with new and improved (o_O ??) teeny pop sound.

Die, Die My Darling, originally a Misfits classic, starts with original bassline and rather calm vocal execution for the song. It picks up rapidly at the main chorus, which of course is catchy as hell, but the whole track is almost completely different from the original. It's not a bad thing though. Originally the Misfits powered throughout the song with some furious anger, now Aiden rather builds up the chorus where they finally explode after lower pitched verses, which a nice thought afterall.
Of course the vocals can't be as good as the original (OBVIOUSLY), but it's really not that bad of a cover, and I have to say they did rather well.But, isn't it rather depressing for a band when their only good songs are covers? I think so.
Silent Eyes ends this EP mercifully with a ballad that sounds absolute uninspired and awful. I wonder who their main influence to do this one was here (Dashboar.. *coughs*).

The DVD features some bad live performances and their music videos. They could have really left that DVD out, because it doesn't really make up for the mess up they left in the EP.


Pro
+ Aiden is a great cover band

Contra
- ridiculous mass rip off of other "Horror" Punk bands
- vocals have no power at all sometimes
- the parts in their self written songs have no real connection within at all

Highlights
~ The Suffering
~ Die Die My Darling

Summary
Avoid this thing like the plaque. Aiden has turned into a glorified Misfits, or better yet, AFI and Matchbook Romance type cover band. The "influences" (better, yet complete rip offs), are so sickingly obvious that it creates ear cancer when you listen to it. The DVD is garbage as well, so unless you are a very big Aiden, which I hope doesn't fit for you, then please avoid it. Aiden fans might get a kick out of it, but I highly doubt it honestly.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Intransit
December 21st 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I hated Nightmare Anatomy, so I'm staying far far far away from this.

Good review.

ToWhatEnd
December 21st 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok I don't often neg reviews so allow me an explanation. You said absolutely nothing about the DVD besides two sentences. Most of those live performances are incredible IMO but that's an opinion. You stated yours very well for the EP itself but not at all for the DVD. I'll change if you ever decide to update and expand as to why the DVD was so bad.

I'm really not meaning to sound anal but the DVD is pretty much the reason why I bought this thing and you practically said nothing about it. Once more what you have written is great but this is an incomplete review as far as I'm concerned.

HumanCannonball
December 21st 2006


350 Comments


Yeah, you're right, but how do you review Live Gigs and stuff like that? And I think the DVD is a nice feature to it, but shouldn't we only review CD's here?This Message Edited On 12.21.06

slep
December 21st 2006


1604 Comments


Ohh how I hate Aiden with a passion. I thought the review was well done.

ToWhatEnd
December 21st 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For live gigs I would just say talk about the stage show, crowd energy, and of course the overall sound live. Or at least just beef up the paragraph a tiny bit more. It shouldn't be like a huge portion of the review just a bit more than what it there. If you give it like 5 or 10 minutes I'm sure it will be fine.

jameskukucka
December 21st 2006


308 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i was actually considering chekcing this out but im prolly gonna stay away now

ToWhatEnd
December 21st 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm a moderate Aiden fan and I would say if you like them to check it out. Their live performances are incredible IMO and the EP isn't bad.

megadeth101
January 16th 2007


865 Comments


Pretty good not as I thought.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2009


7025 Comments


Vocals in the last track are hilariously bad



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