This would have to be my favourite album by Aiden. While it's one of the shortest albums they have done (if not the shortest?) I think it's definitely the best.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Candlelight Intro
2. The Suffering
3. We Sleep Forever
4. White Wedding
5. Die Die My Darling
6. Silent Eyes
I like "Candlelight Intro" because of the use of sound effects like rain again at the start. I think it sets the mood for the album. I like the way it doesn't get too loud all of a sudden as well. It stays slow and calm at the beginning. It is quite repetitive as an introduction but I feel that it really does build up to the rest of the album well.
"The Suffering" leads on well from the introduction. I like the way the music is quite fast, but the singing is a little slower. I think that this works well. It gives a different depth to this song compared with some of the others on the album. I also like the use of the backing vocals in this song as well; I often find that they are unnecessary but I think it really works well in this case.
"We Sleep Forever" leads on well again from "The Suffering". The topic of the lyrics is the same sort of thing which I think really helps that, though. They are quite dark lyrics, really, but they sound quite upbeat which I think is an interesting twist that many bands don't usually aim for. I wouldn't recommend letting children or young teenagers, or sensitive people, listen to this track. With lyrics like "This razorblade was meant for me" I think that it needs a certain level of maturity to listen to it really. Personally, I quite like this song because of certain parts of the lyrics, but I do think it is very dark.
The "White Wedding" cover is probably the best cover of "White Wedding" that I have ever head. It's really good. I'd recommend that you listen to it if you like the original because it's pretty good. I doubt many people have never heard the original but I definitely would recommend this as an alternative. It's not as screamo as I was expecting at all; it's actually pretty close to the original, really. It's a little more screamo of course because that's the nature of the band, but it's nowhere near as different as I was expecting. It's one of my favourite cover songs that I've ever heard, along with "Clean Sheets" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Atreyu (which I would also recommend you listened to if you've never heard them!) so it's definitely worth a listen.
"Die Die My Darling" is probably my second favourite song on this album. It works well with "White Wedding" before it. The tempo is quite similar so therefore they just work together. I like the use of backing vocals on this song as well. I really like his voice on this track as it sounds as though he's really getting into the song. I think that out of all of the songs on this album, he sounds more into this one than any of the other ones.
"Silent Eyes" is a much slower song compared with some of the other songs on this album. It's a much more depressing sounding song compared with the other songs on the album as well and therefore it does seem as though it doesn't really fit. However, if you listen to the lyrics, it fits in with the other songs. It fits more with the "Candlelight Intro" rather than many of the others though.
Overall, I really like this album. I think that it works really well as a combination of the songs that are on the album. I don't think I would change it at all if I was in charge of that sort of decision.
(Also on Ciao! under the same name)