#Review: Story Of The Year – Wolves



Story Of The Year first captivated my attention with their debut album, Page Avenue, back in 2003. Since then the band have had a string of albums, been involved in a whole host of side-projects, taken a hiatus, reformed and run a successful PledgeMusic campaign, which all lead to this, their sixth studio album, Wolves.

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The album opens with the title track, ‘Wolves’, which sounds like some sort of background, cinematic sound effects from a horror film, before leading into the intense, fast-paced, gang-vocal-packed song, ‘How Can We Go On’, which perfectly represents the band’s roots in alternative/hard rock. From there, the album weaves its way brilliantly throughout a whole range of powerful, thrashing, metal-like songs and emotionally-driven, rock ballads that you just can’t help but want to belt out loud.

One thing’s for certain; the band have truly poured out their honest feelings and inner-most emotions into every track on this record. It’s also the band’s first album to be recorded in pieces, across several, separate locations, meaning they could really afford to take their time to focus and perfect the sound they wanted to achieve. The album title, Wolves, was chosen to embody the concept of life circling you and closing in on you, just like a pack of wolves.

Some of my favourite and most stand-out tracks on the album have to be, ‘Bang Bang’ (dubbed “a fast-paced, electro-infused rager complete with a catchy chorus” by AltPress), ‘Youth’ (which is a short guitar track that feels anthemic beyond words), ‘I Swear, I’m Okay’ (a synth-driven ballad-esque belter), ‘Can Anybody Hear Me’ (probably one of the catchiest tracks on the record and a real sing-along tune) and ‘Like Ghosts’ (which is just epic and in places the use of synths remind me a little of the Stranger Things theme – this song was born to be in a movie).

Undoubtedly, the quartet have demonstrated how committed they are to making what could well be the best album since their debut.

The record was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, New Found Glory, Acceptance) and mixed by none other than Tom Lord-Alge and J Hall – which probably explains why it sounds particularly epic! It soars to incredible heights and tantalises the melancholic heart-strings in all the right places.

Undoubtedly, the quartet have demonstrated how committed they are to making what could well be the best album since their debut. It’s an inspired body of work that shows off a real depth to their songwriting and evolution in their style. They have managed to record a soundscape of vulnerability, fear and anxiety and present it in a really exhilarating and cohesive body of music. This is certainly an album not to be missed.


‘Wolves’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wolves/1300989796

Wolves on Spotify

‘Bang Bang’ (Official Video)

‘I Swear, I’m Okay’ (Official Audio)

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#ThrowbackThursday: The Used – ‘The Bird And The Worm’

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‘The Bird And The Worm’ was the first single to be released from The Used‘s third studio album, Lies For The Liars. The song was the band’s highest charting single at the time, reaching #9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

This song is epic with its heavy post-hardcore guitars and Bert McCracken‘s unique vocal style. The way he uses his voice is remarkable – such a talent to be able to blend screaming vocals with singing so seamlessly.

The music video is quirky and cool too but then you’d expect nothing less from The Used.

Do you remember this song? Have you got a different, favourite song by The Used? Or another song you’d choose? Please leave your thoughts or #ThrowbackThursday suggestions in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘The Bird And The Worm’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-bird-and-the-worm/id254115609?i=254115685

#ThrowbackThursday: My Chemical Romance – ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’

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Can you believe this song was released 10 years ago?! This seems insane to me; this was definitely one of my “emo” jams back in the day!

I remember just how all-consuming and intensely captivating this song was – it just took over the scene and saw a whole generation of emo kids wearing hussar-style jackets in homage to the band!

‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ was also the first and only UK Number 1 for the band but it was truly well deserved! This 5-minute epic masterpiece was just that; a masterpiece! It had everything going for it, the calm piano introduction leading to the rousing military drums into the full-on, in-your-face guitar riffs.

The video for the song was epic too – it sees “The Patient” die and get welcomed by “The Black Parade” into what can only be the afterlife.


It’s just a remarkable, well-crafted song that will surely be admired by future generations of emo-kids for years to come!

Were you a fan of the song first time around? What do you think of it now? Are you only just discovering it? What do you think? Please share your love of this by posting the link on social media.

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‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/welcome-to-the-black-parade/id201234391?i=201234434

#ThrowbackThursday: HelloGoodbye – ‘Here (In Your Arms)’

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This song was huge for emo kids and pop lovers everywhere! Who doesn’t remember this?

‘Here (In Your Arms)’ was the first single from HelloGoodbye‘s debut album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! The power pop outfit have released several singles since but this was their biggest release to date.

The video for the song was good fun too and features the geeky band members at a summer camp where the singer, Forrest Kline becomes interested in a girl there and references the film Wet Hot American Summer in several places.

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‘Here (In Your Arms)’ can be downloaded from iTunes right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/here-in-your-arms/id254885986?i=254886159