Aiden are a rock band from Seattle, America. This line-up of the band has changed dramatically as Aiden progressed; now leaving them with only 4 members, 2 of them being 'original' members. I'm a huge fan of Aiden, I have seen them live 17 times, 13 of which I met them afterwards! They are the most down to earth band I have ever met, and I thoroughly recommend you give them a listen!
This album was released in 2005 & was one of the most successful albums every made by Aiden. Although many people think that this was their first album, it was in fact their second, their first being "Our Gangs Dark Oath" released in 2004. With this being said, although it was their second album, it was the album that made them come through to the music scene. Nightmare Anatomy only had 3 singles released, "Knife Blood Nightmare", "The Last Sunrise" & "Die Romantic".
The band members for this album were: WiL Francis (vocals), Angel Ibarra (lead guitar), Jake Wambold (rhythm guitar), Nick Wiggins (bass) & Jake Davison (drums).
1. Knife Blood Nightmare
What a way to start the album! It makes you stop and really listen to what they're about. I love this song, and I think that it is really catchy (no matter how morbid it really is), they make the song upbeat and the vocals from WiL are just fantastic. Primarily this song is about nightmares (if you hadn't guessed by the title!), but I think there is more to it than just a nightmare as the lyrics could relate to something else. At the beginning of the master version of Knife Blood Nightmare, WiL says "There is no real me, only an entity, something illusionary, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I am simply am not there" and some of you may recognise this from the very beginning of the film "American Psycho", which leads me to believe that this song is actually about murder...by a serial killer, not just nightmares.
2. The Last Sunrise
This song, yet another upbeat one (maybe to hide the morbid lyrics?!) is another one of my favourite songs off the album. The lyrics "This nightmare won't last long" and "Sunrise, sunset will you wash away the pain" suggest that this was about WiL's past, when he was abused. Like I said, morbid, but you really don't notice until you really listen. I seriously recommend you listen to "The Last Sunrise - Dusk Remix", it is amazing, and in ways I do prefer it over this song. It is a darker, grimier, heavier version of the song, but it works so well, I love it!
3. Die Romantic
Another upbeat song, and the guitars are awesome, yet simple. The one thing about this song is how catchy the chorus is! I love the song, but the chorus will be stuck in my head forever! This song has a clever title, "Die Romantic" is actually about a teenage love of WiL's who committed suicide, with lyrics such as "I sat and watched your heartbeat fade with every breath" & "Your last words to me tonight's the night, meant redemption was harder than it look" show the emotion that has gone in to this song. A great, incredibly catchy song!
4. Genetic Design for Dying
A slower song now and it definitely has a different feel to it. Granted, not one of my favourite songs off the album, but still fantastic! Each verse starts with "Dear Mother" and the title "Genetic Design for Dying" does in fact suggest that this song is relating to his family. I do think that this song is an apology to his family. WiL had a tough life, become a drug addict and an alcoholic, dropping out of school and being homeless, and the song is actually based on a letter he wrote to his mother whilst he was homeless. You can feel the emotion in this song, and it makes it that much better.
An acoustic start to the song, yet sooner than you know, the Aiden we know kicks in, and it's just as great, and catchy as the other songs on the album. I like the different levels in this song, it is really upbeat one minute, then the next it is completely different, it's very different throughout the whole song and it really works. Believe it or not, this song is actually about a soldier at war, although it really doesn't seem like it, the lead singer WiL has said this various times. When you listen to the song and realise what it is truly about, it's a touching song that I'm sure many soldiers could relate to.
6. Unbreakable (I.J.M.A.)
Yet another emotional song, this song was written about a friend of WiL's (Ian J.M Anderson) who died whilst drink driving, lyrics such as "Get ready for the impact, I promise you won't feel a thing tonight" relate to this incident. I think the lyrics are strong enough to get across the pain WiL felt when losing his friend. The song itself isn't the most stimulating, it's a little boring, but the meaning behind it makes it that much more enjoyable.
7. It's Cold Tonight
I like this song, it's catchy, the guitar is simple yet exciting and WiL's vocals match perfectly! I think that this song is quite inspirational too, it's reaching out to everyone who has struggled with their lives, and it feels like the band are trying to tell fans they've been where they are now, and look at what Aiden have done with their lives when they put their minds to it. Admittedly not my favourite song on the album, but still great.
8. Enjoy the View
This song sounds like it should belong on their first album "Our Gangs Dark Oath", to me it sounds like a completely different type of song compared to any other on this album (not that this is a bad thing!). I love how this song has 'almost acoustic' verses, and then the heavier chorus kicks in, it works well. Lyrics such as "I have found a fast solution to the pain" and "Injection filled with contempt" make me think that this song is about WiL's experiences when he was a drug addict, yet another meaningful song from Aiden!
9. Goodbye We're Falling Fast
Another of my favourite songs now, and yet another morbid song that seems that much 'happier' from the up-beat rhythm. I personally think that WiL's voice matches the instruments perfectly in this song, nothing seems out of place and it really is such a great song, this song is a little like 'The Last Sunrise' & 'Knife Blood Nightmare'. This song, as I said, is a little morbid "On 3, we're jumping from this ledge, this buildings tall, I'm sure we'll wake up dead", "I gave you one last kiss before the fall" & "A picture perfect attempt at a quick and painless death" suggest to me that this song is about a couple who have made a suicide pact together, they can't live without each other so it's easier to go together?! That's what I read into it anyway!
10. This City Is Far from Here
An almost 'industrial' beginning to this song, it starts with a very faded drum beat and vocals from WiL. I was personally a little disappointed as I expected the 'drop' to be heavier; instead it was a big build up for what seemed like nothing. The song, for me, is very much hit and miss, I have to be in the mood to listen to this song as it's really not 'Aiden' style. To me, this song does make me think that it's about being in an abusive relationship with lyrics such as "Look what I've done now, you're dying from love and you're bleeding" & "This is the last attempt at a mere goodbye".
11. See You In Hell
The final song on the album and it seems like it's going to be a good one! It's very much 'new' Aiden when comparing it to "Our Gangs Dark Oath" album, they have changed their style a lot, but for the better. This is another song that is very catchy and the melodic chorus will go round and round in my head for hours! The song to me doesn't really say anything, maybe it's an 'angry at the world' kind of song, but either way, so much effort was put into every single song on this album that there is probably a meaning somewhere in there. It's a great way to end the album, and I thoroughly suggest you give it a listen!
With a total running time of 37minutes and 9 seconds (not including the hidden speaking from Jake Davison) this album has some pretty hard hitting songs on when you really listen to the lyrics. I think that this makes the album that much better because you can feel the emotion and thought that has gone in to the song, instead of just 'throwing' some lyrics on a page to make them sound good. This album is about Aiden's experiences, and I think they have done fantastically well at this album!