The Black Swan review by Story of the Year

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  • Released: Apr 22, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 9.2 (70 votes)
Story of the Year: The Black Swan

Sound — 8
St. Louis born rockers Story Of The Years long awaited follow up album to "In The Wake Of Determination" is set to take the band to new heights. Dan Marsela's vocals are louder, and angrier than ever and The Nose's guitar work has been finely tuned to a sound that will literally be, music to your ears. The album is somewhere between their last 2 albums, there is the metal side of the band shown on "In The Wake..." and the melodic, artistic sound showed on the debut album "Page Avenue".

Lyrics — 6
Dan's voice shows it's true colours clearly in the album. His heavy side shows in songs like "Choose your Fate" and "Welcome To Our New War" with harsh sounding, pumping vocals. The album is clearly dominated however, by his real voice, a voice of passion and belief shown in "The Antidote", "Tell Me" and "Wake Up". The bands downfall has always been their ability to write lyrics, and this album is no real exception. The songs are all the same sound and the album really lacks one standout track.

Overall Impression — 7
This is SOTY's 1st album on new label, Epitaph Records, and what a way to kick it off with the pounding sound of "Choose Your Fate". This is followed by the sure MTV hit, "Wake Up". I personally can't get enough SOTY and am living for their concert in Sydney in May. Although I'm hoping deep down they play more old than new. Here's to a slight letdown, but still worth a listen if your a fan of theirs.

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