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Their fifth album, Disguises finds goth-punks Aiden upping the intensity of their already incendiary sound with a metal edge, keeping the familiar drive that they’ve cultivated over the years while adding some hardcore-influenced breakdowns and chugging riffage to the mix. While the move was a risky one, it really pays off for the band, adding a new sense of catharsis and impact to the album without changing things so much that you’d wonder who you’re listening to. With a running time just a hair over 30 minutes, Disguises is an incredibly compact slice of aggression that’s packed to the brim with frontman William Francis' special brand of scathing social commentary and tons of huge singalong choruses for fans to whip themselves into a frenzy with. This blend of the new and the familiar makes Disguises a refreshing entry in the Aiden catalog, and makes for an album that fans should have no problem losing themselves in.

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