Choke - There's a Story to this Moral (Cover Artwork)


Choke: There's a Story to this MoralThere's a Story to this Moral (2002)
Smallman Records

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So I've spent all morning listening to this new Choke cd that I picked up at their release party last night. There's definitely something different about this album. I'm not sure if it's different usage of vocals or the more "mature" sound of the album, but one thing is for sure: this is definitely .

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So I've spent all morning listening to this new Choke cd that I picked up at their release party last night. There's definitely something different about this album. I'm not sure if it's different usage of vocals or the more "mature" sound of the album, but one thing is for sure: this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I consider myself to be the ultimate Foreword fan (Choke's last CD),so at this moment I can't say with any certainty that the new album is as good but it is definatley an album that is more artistic, accessible, yet still maintains the unique sound that Choke is known for.

The band has added more harmony and mellow, slow riffs; a plus for those of you who before felt that Choke's style was too technical or that sound was just to weird to get used to. For those that enjoy the old Choke sound, don't worry, the album is still chock full of crazy time signatures, intense vocals, and light speed guitars and drums that were present on prior albums.

The album's bright spots are the reworked version of With Every Word (now just called Every Word), as well as new songs such as Forget to Learn, Far From True, Signing Off, as well as Framed in Poor Light. The only weak spot on the album is the reworked version of Fourteen Days, which was much better on the Across the Water split.

The ultimate acheivement of this album is that it's sound is more accessible and pragmatic than albums of the past, yet it still maintains a totally unique, intense, and intellegent sound that only Choke can create. After Needless to Say, I thought, "Wow this band has already done all there is to do.". After Foreword I said, "This is the pinnacle of music, nothing will be able to top this.". Now with There's a Story to This Moral, I'm not going to make any assumptions, because I know that Choke will continue to put the utmost effort and heart into everything they create, thus continuing to amaze me for many albums to come. I just can't imagine what is going to be next.


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cky_blacknessinlight (November 2, 2005)

Good Album. Also Good On Stage

cky_blacknessinlight (November 2, 2005)

Good Album. Also Good On Stage

soulbleed (January 21, 2004)

after all this time, this cd still sucks.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

I dunno about these guys, they are just a lot better on record... once you see them live they just arent the same. Its like they can't pull off what they do in the studio on the stage, if they could they would be a better band for it.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

Best north american band
My favorite punk band ever

Anonymous (May 8, 2002)

one word: BRILLIANT

Anonymous (May 7, 2002)

Whoa man!
This is a huge album, again... Choke keeps on getting very intense albums. I don't really mean intense of sound like many bands can do: I mean intense melodies that grab you down and get you possessed just like foreword and needless to say were. There's definitely no other band that choke that can be THAT good! They're solid, they're on fire!

They're good on stage too..!

Anonymous (May 6, 2002)

i didn't like it... it was choke, but slower... didnt give me that raw intensity that i liked so much about them

Anonymous (May 3, 2002)

There are not words good enough to say how much I love this band. They have matured soo much technically since Needless To Say and Foreword, which were both extremely good albums. The guitar work on the 7th and 10th track is absolutely amazing. There is no other way to say it. Very refreshing to hear a band that has their own sound!

Anonymous (May 2, 2002)

This album is so good. They've come so far from the old days.

Belvedere sucks. Really bad. Like in a "I'm thinking of skipping the Satanic surfers just in case theres no re-entry and I end up having to sit through that overdone epi-fat crap" sort of way. Like seriously, do they have an original bone in their body? Why redo 88 fingers louie songs when you can make something of your own?

But this is about choke. They are very good now. They used to be god awfully annoying. Yay.

Anonymous (May 1, 2002)

can't help but love the band.

Anonymous (May 1, 2002)

never heard of choke before this review, d/led some songs and im lovin it!

Anonymous (April 30, 2002)

belvedere can kick there ass??? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH yeah right, choke blows the doors off belvedere, not only are the WAY faster, they play original music, rather than that cliche epitaph punk style that belvedere plays... there are a million bands that sound EXACTLY like belvedere, but Choke is in a catagory all on their own

Anonymous (April 30, 2002)

choke is one of the most progressive bands out today. their new album shows how they have matured musically, still keeping their origional sound. their cd release party was wicked, and everyone was feelin their new music. Choke will continue to change the rules of music, with their diverse sound and everlasting hard work. choke on this ,,l,,

Anonymous (April 30, 2002)

Choke is from Edmonton (City of Chumps). Belvedere can kick their ass. Period.

Anonymous (April 30, 2002)

Canada's best band. Period.

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