2003’s EP ‘Black Lines to Battlefields’ showcased the exceptional talent of Acceptance, being streets ahead of the formularised punk in evidence on their debut ‘Lost for Words’. This EP formed the basis of the band signing a deal with Columbia records.
Sticking to the formula that has so far proved extremely successful, Acceptance continue the soundscape of hook filled songs harnessed to unashamed punk influences. However you won’t find any cheesy pop punk stereotypes on ‘Phantoms’ instead the songs portray a band that has less punk and more rock. Produced my Aaron Sprinkle, who did such a phenomenal job with the latest Anberlin release as well as ‘Black Lines to Battlefields’, ‘Phantoms’ has one or two neat tricks up its sleeve. ‘Over You’ and ‘The Letter’ are as commercial rock songs as you are likely to hear. A re-recording of ‘Permanent’ and ‘This Conversation is Over’ take care of the punk side of the band, whilst the tuneful sincerity of ‘Different’ and the Third Eye Blind-like ‘So Contagious’ add a new dimension to their sound.
Along with Anberlin’s ‘Never Take Friendship Personal’, ‘Phantoms’ represents the best available in today’s commercial contemporary rock market