April 13th sees the worldwide release of Story’s debut EP, The Divide. To say this is their first collected offering, the South Yorkshire quintet already have some impressive marks on their musical CV, namely headlining renowned venues in their hometown of Sheffield – such as the O2 Academy and Corporation – and sharing a stage with the likes of Tek-One, Qemists and ACODA. The post-hardcore metallers take influence from the likes of Memphis May Fire and Young Guns, as well as bands in their local scene.
The Divide kicks off with their first single from the release, Father Forgotten, a highly metaphorical track that speaks of isolation not only from other people, but also from oneself. Sharp percussion matches up with a riff driven opening which make a solid mesh of back for the contrasting pair of vocalists to paint their offering onto. With all the harsh vocals driving the track there’s a niggling sensation on the first listen that it doesn’t go anywhere, but give the lyrics a little attention and you’ll see how sublimely they pair with the rise and fall of the song.
Darker and thicker, Open Your Mind combines forceful, angry harsh verse vocals with chorus hooks to inevitably leave a crowd singing along. There are hints of Meet Me Halfway, At Least era Deaf Havana influence in the track, with specific attention to the vocal styles and riffed up sections, a style that continues into third Don’t Get Me Wrong. Assured to be a fan favourite, the track feels the most collective off the EP, with a lighter, more accessible edge in the chorus and open-to-interpretation lyrics. The music dips for an impressive breakdown, infused with desperation and thick with emotion.
The rockers strip things back for the second single off the EP, Wreck, speaking of the mixed emotions that ensue upon losing someone once close. Introducing an acoustic guitar and soft vocals from frontman Bill Hobson, the four and a half minute piece shows a different side to the music without slowing down the momentum of the record, still edged on by the fiery passion that drives all the tracks off the release. Serenity is a powerful close to the EP, picking up the pace after the acoustic number before the crystal clear, “three word lie” that finishes the offering.
The EP stretches itself a fair way, from the depths of metal to an acoustic offering, but there’s a hub of sound they centre around that they expand on excellently, and with a tour and touch into Europe planned for later this year, 2015 looks set to be promising for Story.