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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

In the wake of determination

Story of the Year has always rocked. Now with this new album they are just getting better. This album combines their awesome style with the style that's in. Unlike "Sidewalks" these new songs have a more hard core edge to them. THIS ALBUM ROCKS!

Harder, Faster, Better

I looked foward to this album for months, I absolutly loved their first album. Page Avenue in my mind is the best piece of modern rock of our era. I and found it hard to believe that they could top themselves with this album but SOTY definatly blew me away with their matured musical talent. In the Wake of Determination far surpasses Page Avenues musically, their guitarist have definatly stepped it up on In the Wake of Determination. And the vocals still kick a**. But just to let the people out there that thought that Page Avenue was as far as they could go on the Screamo Meter, im warning you now its alot harder and faster rock. But dont let that stop you from buy this wicked awsome album because I promise you'll love it.

Album Of The Year

I have enjoyed Story Of The Year for many months now, consistently listening to Page Ave. and with this new introduction of In the Wake of Determination, it's renewed my faith in this band, and this album is a must have for any Story Of The Year fan. It is indeed more hardcore than previous songs like "Sidewalks" but once you've heard "We Don't Care Anymore" I guarentee you won't care anymore either because this album is just amazing. Enjoy!


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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