It’s been 6 years since we’ve heard anything from The Story Changes and it seems it was worth the wait! With the blend of Hawthorne Heights (Mark McMillon and Christopher Popadak)and The Stereo (Chris Serafini), the band brings back that gritty emo sound which became so popular back in the early 2000s. Having had the time to really spend time and experiment with their sound, To Hell With This Delicate Equation is an energetic and enthusiastic album.
Right from the start, the style of the album is unmistakable as being that well-loved emo sound. There’s the energy of Pop Punk mixed with a darker edge that is amplified by the clever voice blends of McMillon ranging from eerie whispers to the more aggressive screaming. “Crying Wolf” is a great example of the experimental vocals the band has gone for with the freedom to record on their own time scale. There is whispers, screams, and effects that take the track on a journey that turns and changes. There are some upbeat tracks mixed into the album as well to lift the eerier and grittier sounds, with tracks such as “Golden Age” which has a very Pop Punk vibe. While “Shake” has an energetic sound but has the blend of those harsher vocals and screams which takes us back to that more emo vibe.
To take another turn is “Bend and Break” which is a much softer and melodic track which has this very beautiful melody. The track does kick in however come the second chorus which elevates the band’s sound further.
Overall, To Hell With This Delicate Equation is an album which was well worth the wait. Having been able to record in their very own studio, has let the band take time with their experimentation and see them create something interesting and exciting.
The Story Changes
Mark McMillon – Vocals, guitar
Christopher Popadak – Drums, percussion
Chris Serafini – Bass, vocals