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Day 20: Aiden

Aiden is an post-hardcore band from Seattle, Washington, USA formed in spring of 2003 by former high schoolers. The current members are wiL Francis (Vocals & Guitar), Jake Davison (Drums), Nick Wiggins (Bass), and Angel Ibarra (Guitar). wiL originally played bass but took over lead vocals when their previous vocalist left due to spiritual differences.

Their first full-length album Our Gang’s Dark Oath was released on Dead Teenager Records. It was recorded while Jake Davision and Angel were still in high school, being released shortly after they had left.

In 2004, the band were signed to Victory Records. Their second album and debut for Victory Records titled Nightmare Anatomy, was released October 4, 2005.

On October 31st, 2006, Aiden released an EP/DVD titled Rain in Hell. While the CD didn’t receive rave reviews, the acoustic track “Silent Eyes” and the ethereal opening track “A Candlelight Intro” hinted towards a broadening of Aiden’s musical style. The DVD included 3 music videos and a live performance of Aiden’s “Never Sleep Again Tour” in Chicago. During October and November 2006, Aiden played the “Never Sleep Again Tour” with Silverstein and It Dies Today. They did a cover of Billy Idol’s Clasic song “White Wedding”.

In 2006, they contributed a remix of “The Last Sunrise” for the soundtrack to Underworld: Evolution and had their song “Die Romantic” featured on the EA Sports’ game NCAA MVP Baseball 2006. Aiden was also part of the 2006 Kerrang Awards in August, taking home the award of “Best International Newcomer” as well as being part of the Kerrang XXV tour in January 2006. In May and June of that year Aiden toured with the Finnish band, HIM. They also played the 2006 Warped Tour that summer.

Aiden contributed a cover of The Misfits “Die. Die My Darling” (which was also featured on their EP, tto “High Voltage” and Nirvana’s “Drain You” from the album, “Nevermind”, to “Higher Voltage”; two CDs given away free with Kerrang magazine.

In April 2007, Aiden played an arena tour of the UK supporting Lostprophets with Taking Back Sunday. They also played the 2007 Taste Of Chaos North American Tour alongside The Used, 30 Seconds to Mars, Senses Fail, Saosin, Chiodos, and Evaline. They then played a West Coast tour, followed by a national tour with Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Still Remains, and 1997.

The band’s third studio album entitled Conviction was released August 21, 2007. It marks a complete change of style in the band’s musical direction. On the 9th October 2007, through a myspace bulletin the band announced that they were filming their next music video, for the song “Moment”, so confirming it as the next single.

As of June 2008 Jake Wambold was kicked out of the band for wanting to spend sometime off tour after being constantly away touring for around 2 and a half years. In December of that year the band announced they were back in the studio working on a new album.

Aiden released their fourth studio album Knives On May 12th 2009 (May 11th in the UK). This was a marked departure from the musical style of Conviction and hinted to their first two albums, but showed a more satanist-hardcore direction. The band said they expected those who didn’t like Conviction to love this album, as well as those that were fans of their entire collection. The album release was preceded by the release of Scavengers of the Damned through iTunes.

Track Info:
1 Knife Blood Nightmare 3:05
2 The Last Sunrise 3:42
3 Die Romantic 3:41
4 Genetic Design for Dying 3:28
5 Breathless 3:57
6 Unbreakable (I.J.M.A.) 3:22
7 It's Cold Tonight 3:13
8 Enjoy the View 2:44
9 Goodbye We're Falling Fast 3:33
10 This City Is Far From Here 3:07
11 See You In Hell 6:14

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