Aiden Hatfield: Chapter One – EP Review

With depth, power, and no shortage of great guitar riffs and solos, Aiden Hatfield’s debut EP sounds like something he has wanted to make for quite some time, which, in fact, it is.

The multi-talented instrumentalist has created something that reflects his own personality and experiences while sounding professional along the way. A great way to start his musical career.

Aiden Hatfield is best-known as a mental health advocate and founder of clothing brand, In Music We Trust. In an interview recently, Hatfield told me he’d been making music for quite some time. This is evident upon listening.

Opened by lead single, This is Never Ending, Chapter One is an emotive barrage of pop-punk influence. This intro is representative of the rest of the EP; well-written, well-structured good all-round rock with catchy choruses and impressive guitar. This particular track features some spoken word from Hatfield that spans from the breakdown to the third chorus and remains until the end; while I like the idea of it, I think it could have been executed better and it’s a slight distraction from the final chorus.

The whole EP is produced well; I particularly like the bass tone and how it manages to punch through the walls of guitars. In places though, the vocals could do with a polish (see Say it Again), and the drums are maybe a little loud in the mix. Two fairly minor issues that the EP makes up for with the next three tracks; where Hatfield’s talents as a guitarist come into their own.

I Never Cared appears to be a solid pop-punk style track until you reach the final quarter where a really well-excecuted guitar solo takes control. If you’re a fan of guitar-driven music, tracks three to five will certainly satisfy.

Fallen to Pieces has probably the best chorus on the EP; short powerful vocal exclamations capture the essence of the instrumental elements that back them. The dynamic is strong in this track too, reverting from full-throated chorus to the hushed guitar break, back to a loud, cascading guitar riff.

Chapter One saves the best for last and the riffs continue into This Horror In Me – which replaces a first chorus with a darting guitar part before reverting to a second verse with some really cool alternative timings on the drums. The peak of the album comes next with the solo which is pretty outstanding.

While the songs here are good lyrically, and well-written, the real star of the show is the instrumentation; and the guitar in particular. It’s not perfect, but Chapter One is a really impressive start for Aiden Hatfield.

Verdict: B

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