steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"Trust in Amanita" CD


Genres: college rock, rock

email the band

Jan 12 - 18 2004

the.story.of are a bizarre band.  They seem to employ a healthy blend of indie rock, synth-pop, pop-punk, and metal on this album, Trust in Amanita.  The results are of mixed success.

Certain songs on this album work; others fail like Zager and Evans b-sides.  "How Could Our Lives Have Passed" and "On Mars" are both among Amanita's better moments.  Though they aren't great songs, they are still enjoyable, pleasant slabs of epic rock music; the latter is in actuality a convincingly dreamy bit of spacey alt. pop.  The problem with many of these songs is that they become bland and ugly-sounding when they go on for too long (which they, of course, frequently do.)  "And Not Said Anything to You," for example, starts as a very promising hard rock tune but gradually devolves into dull, draggy crap.  "Exploring The Universe" is another flop - it goes for the whole 'epic' deal, but ends up sounding like a shitty teenage garage band abortion.

Trust in Amanita is plagued by its own inconsistency.  Don't buy this; the.story.of obviously need another couple of years to baste before they'll be worth listening to.  The talent is there, it just need to be refined.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]