12 Songs, 45 Minutes

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.

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.

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