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  • Story of the Year comes on strong with its debut album, “Page Avenue”. This punk, emo/screamo group shows power, ability, and imagination in this fine album. While emotionally intense music is common enough these days, Story of the Year carries it off powerfully. The screaming is not gratuitous, but happens at moments of emotional intensity, and the vocalist never loses sight of the song while doing so. The strongest songs on the CD are the similarly titled, but very different, “Until the Day I Die”, and “Anthem of Our Dying Day.” Both songs (the video for the first is one of the extras on the enhanced CD) have dark themes, but are well sung and are emotionally powerful. The songs are well written, well thought out, and leave enough to the imagination to make the listener think. You may not understand what is being driven at the first time you listen to a given song, but it will come to you. Other strong songs on the CD include “Dive Right In” and “Swallow The Knife”, though the latter is musically quite similar to “Until the Day I Die”–though worth listening to on its own merits. The extras on this enhanced CD are three behind the scenes videos, which help give you insight into this band, and also the music video for “Until the Day I Die”, which is well worth seeing if you haven’t seen it. Strongly recommended.

    Posted on February 3, 2010