By Story Of The Year
'The Black Swan' is the new long awaited album from Story Of The Year. Having never really been into them, or really giving them a chance to be honest, I thought that perhaps I was missing out on something, especially as they seem to have a major following and this will be their third studio album. Let's look at what this 13 tracker has to offer.
The developed and matured sound of the band seems to be there, they are indeed heavyweights of the alt-rock world with albums and massive tours under their belts. The commanding vocals, powerful instruments and moving piano work combine to create an enthused album of hard work. I'm still not convinced though. Front man Dan Marsala said "Making this record felt like starting over... we're excited again." I'm not particularly excited. It's a good record, with themes that the band are obviously passionate about such as war and prejudice. Featuring the hit single 'Wake Up', and the piano led 'Terrified', 'The Black Swan' is a solid collection of classic songs, but I'm not blown away as much as I feel I perhaps should be. I prefer the slower, romantic rock songs rather than the "face melting guitar riffs and solos" as guitarist Ryan Phillips puts it. Having played 5 dates across the UK in May, the band are no doubt going to have success with album number three, but Story Of The Year aren't really for me.