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One assumes that Aberdien deliberately misspelled their name so as not to be confused with either the Anglo-American twee pop act Aberdeen, or possibly the Boston-based pop-punks Aberdeen City. In this spirit, perhaps one should label the Virginia-based band's debut album as "emoh," "ppost-rokk," or, simply but most truthfully, "bohring." Musically, Aberdien are part of the same school of neo-prog as Coheed & Cambria or the Mars Volta, with its punk-infused take on technically impressive but basically soulless riffage. Lyrically and vocally, on the other hand, singers Etay Pisano and Andrew Goldstein are straight-up emo kids, complete with the slightly pained high-register, teeth-on-edge whine and lyrics straight out of a particularly pretentious high school student's notebook. There's not much that's original or impressive about Kaleidoscope, and even less to recommend it.

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