Sound — 4
Previous Aiden releases have kept me listening with powerful guitar duo, the rhythm being held down with the bass and the drums, and singing, primarily from the lead singer wiL, and screaming done by the other members. This album did not give me the adrenaline rush that the last cd, Nightmare Anatomy, gave me. The first song, The Opening Departure, opens with acoustic strumming and a sort of piano/keyboard wiL singing lines like "Close your eyes, the rain won't wash away." The album begins to pick up speed, but it still never has a part that makes want to jump up and start screaming or singing along to the CD.
Lyrics — 8
If there is one up side to the cd, it's that wiL's abilities as a singing have improved drastically. He has taken vocal training, and it has made him have a very good voice. The lyrics have branched off a lot since Nightmare Anatomy (Where, you guessed it, every song was about Nightmares). There are songs dedicated to the many loved ones that have died in the past 2 years that were close to wiL, and close to the rest of the band. Since I don't really like the cd, sometimes I find myself reading the lyrics, relating to some of the things written. They still have some cliche lyrics that just gets boring, but for the majority, it's well written.
Overall Impression — 5
I don't like this CD. I was disapointed I spend 13$ on it. I was really excited because I saw Aiden about a year ago and they blew my mind, they were absolutely amazing live and wiL was perhaps the nicest guy from a band that I have ever met. It's a shame that this album doesn't have the same aggression that Nightmare Anatomy had. They can make a fast song without having to scream. If that was what they tried to acomplish they failed. I wouldn't buy this CD if I lost it or someone stole it. I'd laugh at the sucker that stole it.