REVIEW: Aiden – Some Kind Of Hate

Artist: Aiden
Album: Some Kind Of Hate
Genre: Punk
Label: Victory

Since forming in 2003, Aiden have continually redefined what it means to be punk in the 21st century. Where Nightmare Anatomy brought them to the forefront of the then peaking post-hardcore front, Conviction showed there was much, much more than met the eye. From there, they went straight-up punk for Knives, then added in some elements rooted in music’s past and called it Disguises. Now, with their second release of 2011 Aiden have taken a career’s worth of knowledge and produced a record that I have no doubt will truly stand the test of time.

Some Kind Of Hate expands upon the punk ethos that stood out on Disguises and embellishes them to the full extent. “There Will Be Blood” kicks things off with a quick, gang-vocal laced ode togetherness in times of woes. It’s classic Aiden subject material, but it feels new once thanks to the band’s obvious level of musical maturity. This is carried like a torch through “Broken Bones” and “Irony In The Shadows,” which makes for a near-perfect opening trio of jams before a cover of The Misfits’ “London Dungeon” arrives to once again relish in the callback to the heyday of the punk movement the reverberates throughout the record.

Keeping things short and fast (no song breaks four minutes, only one comes even close), Some Kind Of Hate moves along at a lightning pace with “Deactivate” and “Grotesque Vanity” whipping by in fist-pumping glory before a cover of Joy Division’s “Transmissions” gives you a brief moment to catch your breath. That’s not to say it’s not a great cover, it may very well be the band’s best yet, but the pace is considerably more relaxed than everything that came before. This is only a brief pause however, as the following track (“Freedom From Religion”) is possibly the fastest on the entire record. The hook is huge and the rhythm gets your heart pumping for the big one-two finale that is “The Courage To Carry On” and “In The End.”

When it’s all said and done, Some Kind Of Hate proves that Aiden have truly only begun to scratch the surface of their creative well. Even six albums into their career, there is no one word to describe their sound fully, it simply has to be experienced. whether you love their old material, hate it, or have never even heard a note in your life, you owe it to yourself to add Some Kind Of Hate to your record collection. It has instant classic written all over it.

Score: 9.5/10
Review written by: James Shotwell

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4 Responses to “REVIEW: Aiden – Some Kind Of Hate”

  1. Kubik Slavos says:

    Thank you! Aiden does not deserve all the **** they get from some other review sites. Some Kind of Hate is possibly their best album, and i totally agree with the 9.5 rating.

  2. Martin says:

    couldnt agree more. they just keep on improving and breaking more boundries as they go along. i rate this album is even better than the already brilliant “disguises”. great band with great insight of the world we live in

  3. James says:

    too right… i’m generally on the consensus for music that sucks and music that doesn’t, but i really will never understand all the negativity that other people get aiden.  they have a unique sound that’s always evolving, which is exactly what the punk/post-hardcore genre needs, and i refuse to even comprehend the notion that this is not a fantastic band. great review, thank you!

  4. xblossomx says:

    Amazing band, amazing album, they make me feel alive.