- The Black Swan (Story of the Year album)
The Black Swan Studio album by Story of the Year Released April 19, 2008
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Recorded 2007 Genre Post-hardcore, alternative rock, alternative metal Length 49:03 Label Epitaph Producer John Feldmann/ Michael "Elvis" Baskette Story of the Year chronology In the Wake of Determination
The Black Swan
Platinum Edition CoverReleased in Japan and Korea Singles from The Black Swan
- "Wake Up"
Released: February 19, 2008
- "The Antidote"
Released: December 6, 2008
Released: June 30, 2009
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The Black Swan is the third studio album by American rock band Story of the Year. The album was named after Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, on unpredictable events and randomness and was their first album recorded with indie label Epitaph Records, after switching from major label Maverick Records. Commenting on this switch, lead singer Dan Marsala said in an interview, "Making this record felt like starting over. We're like a brand new band. You can hear it in these songs, we're excited again. I think we've really stepped it up on this record." Guitarist Ryan Phillips adds, "Epitaph seemed like the perfect place for us at this time in our career. It's a much more creative environment." 
One theme found in a few of the songs ("Wake Up", "Terrified", and in particular "Pale Blue Dot (Interlude)") is the concept that human existence is insignificant in comparison to the universe as a whole, and that wars, fighting and killing seem pointless. The song "Pale Blue Dot (Interlude)" features an excerpt from Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, read by its author, astronomer Carl Sagan. The band believes that people should live their lives to the fullest extent. Other themes include political and social issues.
Original CD No. Title Length 1. "Choose Your Fate" 3:34 2. "Wake Up" 3:32 3. "The Antidote" 4:00 4. "Tell Me (P.A.C.)" 3:59 5. "Angel In the Swamp" 4:29 6. "The Black Swan" 3:45 7. "Message to the World" 4:04 8. "Apathy Is a Deathwish" 3:31 9. "We're Not Gonna Make It" 4:03 10. "Cannonball" 3:50 11. "Terrified" 4:00 12. "Pale Blue Dot (Interlude)" 1:06 13. "Welcome to Our New War" 5:11 Bonus Tracks No. Title Length 14. "The Truth Shall Set Me Free" (iTunes bonus track) 4:00 15. "Never Let It Go" (Pre-Order/Aus/Nz/Germany bonus track) 3:42 16. "The Virus" ("The Antidote" b-sides bonus track) 3:51 17. "Turn Up the Radio" ("Terrified" b-sides bonus track) 3:52 18. "Save One" ("Wake Up" b-sides bonus track) 4:09
Platinum Edition release
Platinum Editions features
- All the bonus tracks
- "A Bonus DVD"
- "Wake Up" Music video
- "Wake Up" Making of video
- "Set for World Tour"
- Our Time Is Now DVD
Country Release Date Format Worldwide April 19, 2008 Regular download April 22, 2008 Regular Compact Disc Japan October 15, 2008 Platinum Edition South Korea
The Billboard 200 18 Billboard Independent Albums 3 UK Album Chart 136 UK Rock Albums 6
- Dan Marsala – lead vocals
- Ryan Phillips – lead guitar
- Philip Sneed – rhythm guitar, Piano, backing vocals
- Adam Russell – bass, backing vocals
- Josh Wills – drums
- Michael "Elvis" Baskette - producer
- Dave Holdredge - engineer
- Jef Moll - digital editing
Story of the Year
- Dan Marsala
- Ryan Phillips
- Philip Sneed
- Adam Russell
- Josh Wills
- Greg Haupt
Studio albums EPs Other albums Singles
- "Wake Up"
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