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Album Review

Story of the Year claim to have finally found their musical identity with The Black Swan, their first indie release via Epitaph after two studio albums over on Maverick Records; it sounds to be basically a fusion of the band's prior releases, a happy middle ground somewhere between the soul-searching alt rock anthems of their debut and the harder, gutsier In the Wake of Determination. But as self-assured as that may sound, all it really means is, well, The Black Swan is another Story of the Year album. This predictability doesn't necessarily make a tiresome set — exhilarating closer "Welcome to Our New War" finishes the proceedings with a nice adrenaline rush — just one that's pretty much expected, which will probably comfort some, but do nothing to convert anyone still sitting on the fence. Fans will bask in the familiar rise and fall sing-scream dynamics of songs like "Wake Up," "Choose Your Fate," and "Apathy Is a Deathwish," while elsewhere they'll appreciate relatively softer moments, as in the soaring emotions of "We're Not Gonna Make It" and the piano-embossed ballad "Terrified," which comes complete with gentle drum rolls and sweet vocal harmonies. Songs build, crash, chug and crescendo as expected, proving that Story of the Year's new home on Epitaph does nothing to alter or influence the quintet's take on emotional, accessible rock music with hardcore flourishes. It's superficially an odd pairing of label and band, but one that ultimately affects little more than the logo stamped on the album's back cover.

Customer Reviews

Excellent! Great band!

Wow I am very impressed with this band! The guitar is awesome, the music is great, and I like the singers voice! like me i really like rock and alternitave music and this is a band that I am REALLY liking! If you like rock and alternative songs, along with great gutar tunes, this is the right band for you!

Best Punk Rock Album I have ever heard

The first song off of Choose your fate is a great song then you have wake up which is a great song and then the antidote which is the best song on the album. Tell me P.A.C. is okay and then Angel in the swamp which is a good and then there is The Black Swan which is the third best song on the album and then there is Message to the World if you are not in to Punk Rock Music then you will get annoyed with this song really fast And There is Apathy is a Deathwish is a good song and then there is were not gonna Make it which is a good song. If youre somebody who likes Punk songs That Fire you up then Cannonball is the song for you and there is Terrified which is a great song to slow down the Album and then a stupid interlude named a pale blue comes and youre thinking who cares I like the stuff that makes me get up and fight somebody and then Welcome to our new war comes up and you got what you wished it is the second best song on this album List of songs you should but if you don't want the whole album or you're just crazy The Antidote The Black Swan Apathy is a Deathwish Welcome to our new War

They're Just Amazing

I Just Bought The Album And I Can't Stop Listening To It. Not As Good As "Page Avenue" But Way Better Than "In The Wake Of Determination". Just Listen To Songs Like "Tell Me","Cannonball", "Message To The World", "Wake Up" Or "Choose Your Fate". Story Of The Year Rocks! Buy This Album NOW!


Formed: 1995 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Story of the Year took root in the late '90s under a different name, Big Blue Monkey, in St. Louis, MO. At the time of its inception, the band's sound was much heavier (similar to the Deftones), and the lineup that would eventually become Story of the Year was not yet in place. Big Blue Monkey played frequent shows in the St. Louis area, issued several EPs, and endured the lineup fluctuations typical to any struggling combo. Creative and persistent self-promotion soon caught the ear of producer John...
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