There is this preconceived notion that all Victory Records bands are crummy. But what if a band included all the aspects of a popular band within the genre? What if you had the hooks, the riffs, and the breakdowns; does the band still have to be inadequate?
Maybe you hate Wil Francis’ voice. Maybe you can’t get past the name attached to the band. Therefore you expect Some Kind of Hate to be a P.O.S., right? Fine. So be it.
Even I can’t believe I’m saying this- but Aiden has some songs on this record that are good. Really.
Thing is, all I remember about Aiden was seeing that nonsensical “Last Sunrise” video with ladies drenched in blood and I thought, “Okay, all you need is corpse paint. Oh no, you did that? Play dress up like Marilyn Manson?”
The spoken word intro of “There Will Be Blood” leads to a song with a catchy pre-chorus that gives the listener nothing short of a double take by finishing with a lyrical countdown very similar to Thursday’s “Jet Black New Year.”
Honestly the next four tracks are puzzling because they don’t seem like Aiden. “Broken Bones” has a song structure no different than the average punk or post-hardcore band. What happened? Nor guitar-wise in “Irony in the Shadows” is this the same band. “London Dungeon” is directly influenced by giants like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Though I am willing to wager my bank account those listening to Aiden don’t listen to Maiden – this is a fact.
As a British lad tells us up front about his heroin addiction in the spoken word intro to “Deactivate,” we know this is more like Francis with that not-so-secret past addiction (thanks Seattle for grunge and drugs…). As Francis sings “Take me to the gallows,” it’s backed by necessary woah’s that dare I say, have a Bayside effect to them. Wait, have all the non-metal bands I mentioned have been signed to Victory at one point?
Yes, they have. What still hasn’t changed is these dudes can pump out records…probably because their contract makes them (remember those horror stories from the previous label’s artists?). Here’s the freaky part: Aiden just released Disguises back in March.
The fact they already had an album come out this year shows. The songs on the latter half of the record aren’t completely well thought out. In fact, forget the second half because it’s the Aiden you remember. The last mentionable part is a cover of Joy Division’s “Transmission.” It’s kind of a sin to cover them (just like what they already did to Alkaline Trio…that goes for all you little pop-punk bands on the tribute record too). I know you guys love Ian Curtis, but bands who do this should be beaten savagely because even the best instrumentation won’t save you.
The bottom line is Some Kind of Hate (a stolen Misfits reference?) is a surprise. By no means is this a 180 degree turn, but Aiden puts you back on your toes ever so uncomfortably.