12 Songs, 37 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
260 Ratings
260 Ratings
zkrp ,

This is my favorite band but sadley they have broken up

Ok so i recomend this album to whomever stumbles upon this amazing band but yes the sad truth is they broke up early summer of 2006 but now they have formed an amazing band named thunder thunder and they have the potential not to replace acceptance but the potential to be the next acceptance so go check out the band thunder thunder on myspace or purvolume they are amazing but never will anyone be better than acceptance

helloooooo5 ,


Really great cd. Worth every cent. The best songs are: Take Cover, So Contagious, Over You, Breathless, and Permanent. But all the songs are really good. Buy it.

devolutionist ,

An incredible album

Well, for me this started about a month ago when I was with a friend who was playing "Permanent" at work. I thought, "Well I've just got to check that out". Came here to iTunes, found the album, and WOW. There truly are few albums produced in this day and age that are as well put together as this one. EVERY song on this album is exceptional. I mean, they have an instrumental piece on here. An INSTRUMENTAL... I was hooked.

Unfortunately, you don't get the a full picture of the craftsmanship exhibited by Acceptance by listening to the 30 second clips on iTunes. The tempo and rhythm changes... the extended chord progressions... the dual guitars... the vocal harmonies... it's got everything I love. I'm now a month into this album, and it just doesn't get old. You've really got to buy this one and listen to the whole thing to appreciate it.

So today I'm doing some skipping around on the net and decide to check out their myspace page. Yeah. They broke up 2 years ago. Of course. I'm seriously disappointed that there will never be a follow up album. Even though they're broken up, you still need to buy this album - they earned every penny they'll get from it and then some. This conversation is over.

About Acceptance

Few bands from the early-aughts emo/pop-punk scene have a legacy as mythical as Acceptance. The band only released one LP before breaking up, and yet that album went on to become a cult classic, helping them amass a fan base so loyal that it remained devoted through a decade of the band's silence. When Acceptance emerged during the mainstream emo heyday in the early 2000s, they set themselves apart with catchy melodies, big choruses, and arena-sized singalongs, incorporating a harder rock edge into their sound, much like contemporaries Jimmy Eat World, the Juliana Theory, and Anberlin. They formed in Seattle in 1998, with the original lineup consisting of Jason Vena (vocals, bass), Kaylan Cloyd (guitar), Chris DeCastro (guitar), and Peter Pizzuto (drums). Their self-produced debut EP, Lost for Words, was released in late 2000 on local indie label Rocketstar Records.

Before recording a follow-up, the band experienced a few membership changes: DeCastro and Pizzuto left and were replaced by Christian McAlhaney and Garrett Lunceford, respectively. They also enlisted Christopher Camp and Ryan Zwiefelhofer on bass duties. Their second EP, Black Lines to Battlefields, was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Relient K, Anberlin, MxPx) and released by the Militia Group in 2003. It featured a tighter, less generic pop-punk sound, which helped catch the attention of both Rick Rubin and VJ/A&R rep Matt Pinfield. However, before the band could record its debut LP for Columbia Records, another shakeup occurred. Due to internal disagreements, Lunceford parted ways with Acceptance and was replaced. The new lineup returned to the studio, with Sprinkle assuming production duties once again. Phantoms was released on April 26, 2005, and just over a year later, Acceptance split up.

The troubles began six months prior, when Phantoms was leaked online, allowing fans plenty of time to enjoy the album before having to pay for it. When the physical copies were finally released, they were part of a batch of controversial copy-protected releases that resulted in a major lawsuit against parent label Sony BMG, which prompted a recall of all affected albums. Internal struggles between the band and label had also been brewing, most notably over the decision to release the ballad "Different" as the lead single, which the band felt was not representative of the album's sound as a whole. Due to the lackluster mainstream response, Columbia ended up rejecting the band's demos for its sophomore album. These myriad issues proved insurmountable and the band decided to call it quits in the summer of 2006. Oddly enough, however, Acceptance's popularity continued to grow over the subsequent years, buffered by the enduring power of Phantoms.

On January 26, 2015, just in time for the tenth anniversary of Phantoms' release, Vena, Cloyd, McAlhaney, Zwiefelhofer, and Lunceford reconciled and reconvened, enlisting drummer Nick Radovanovic. The bandmembers announced they would be reuniting for the Skate and Surf Fest held in Asbury Park, New Jersey. A few months later, they released their first new song in ten years, "Take You Away." The comeback continued as Acceptance embarked on a short tour, returning to the studio for their sophomore set, Colliding by Design, which was released in early 2017. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Seattle, WA




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