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Not content with its songs remaining the same (a screamo debut, doused in artificial sugar to the point of a saccharine overdose), Story of the Year rewrites itself for the better here. The new narrative retains the last record’s grasp of radio-ready hooks, but pads it with a heavier amalgamation of highway-to-hell riffs, hardcore scrappiness, punk rock politicking, and Black Sabbath sludge. By the time “Wake Up the Voiceless” kicks in, expect a noise complaint call from the police.


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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