Phantoms (Acceptance album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 26, 2005
RecordedJune–July 2004
StudioCompound Studios, Seattle, Washington
GenrePop rock
ProducerAaron Sprinkle
Acceptance chronology
Black Lines to Battlefields
Colliding by Design
Singles from Phantoms
  1. "Different"
    Released: March 1, 2005
  2. "Take Cover"
    Released: September 13, 2005

Phantoms is the debut studio album by American rock band Acceptance, released on April 26, 2005, by Columbia.


Acceptance formed in Seattle Washington, in 1998, with a line-up of: vocalist/bassit Jason Vena, guitarist Kaylan Cloyd, guitarist Chris DeCastro and drummer Peter Pizzuto. The group released a self-produced EP, titled Lost for Words , in late 2000 through independent label Rocketstar Records. Sometime after this, Pizzuto and DeCastro departed from the group; the pair were replaced by Garrett Lunceford and Christian McAlhaney, respectively. Ryan Zwiefelhofer then joined on bass. The group then recorded another EP, this time with Aaron Sprinkle. This brought the band to the attention of Columbia Records president Rick Rubin and A&R representative Matt Pinfield.[1] The band wished to release it through an independent label in order to build a fan base and tour for a period of time, before creating an album for Columbia. Columbia thought this was a good idea,[2] and as a result, the Black Lines to Battlefields EP was released in 2003 through The Militia Group. Shortly afterwards, Lunceford left the group[1].

Composition and recording[edit]

The album's sound has been described as alternative pop,[3] pop,[4][5] pop rock,[3][4][6][7] and rock.[5] All of the songs on the album were written, but were left unfinished before recording. Prior to entering the studio, the group did pre-production for a few months. By the time they entered the studio, the band had complete songs.[2] Phantoms was recorded at The Compound in Capitol Hill, Seattle with Sprinkle handling production duties.[8]


On February 24, 2005, Phantoms was announced for release, and the album's track listing was revealed.[9] On March 1, 2005, "Different" was released as a single.[10][11] In March and April, the band went on tour with Copeland, Lovedrug, As Tall as Lions and Eager Seas.[12] On April 23, the music video for "Different" was released through AOL.[13] Phantoms was released through Columbia on April 26.[14] The band supported Anberlin and Saosin on their tour of the US in June and July.[15] The band took Midtown's place on Warped Tour in mid-August due to them working in a studio.[16] "Take Cover" was released to radio on September 13.[11] The band supported Yellowcard on their club tour of the US in November.[17]

On January 31, 2006, it was announced that bassist Ryan Zwiefelhofer had left the band, citing that he needed to "find the place that defines who I am."[18] The group's touring keyboardist Kyle Flynn filled in on bass duties.[18] In February and March, the group went on the Truckstops and Statelines tour, alongside The Academy Is..., Panic! at the Disco, and Hellogoodbye.[19] On August 2, the band announced they were breaking up. With the exception of Vena, the members formed new bands.[20]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic (initial review)2/5 stars[21]
AllMusic (update after March 2016)4.5/5 stars[22]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[5]
Melodic3.5/5 stars [23]
Punknews.org2/5 stars[3]

Phantoms was met with limited critical acclaim. AbsolutePunk wrote: "It’s not often that bands can create pop-oriented music that has lasting value, but Acceptance has managed to do it with Phantoms. Outstanding vocals and truly talented songwriting sets this band apart from everybody else."[4]

In 2016, Johnny Loftus from AllMusic revisited Phantoms and doubled his initial review score from two out of five stars to four out of five stars, saying that "Phantoms is slick and melodic, drawing its tension from the careful multi-tracking of Jason Vena's vocals and layers of guitars," but leaving the review textually unchanged.[24]

By March 2006, the album had sold over 75,000 copies.[25] In the years following its release, Phantoms became a cult classic.[1] As of February 2017, Phantoms had sold 112,000 copies in the United States.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Cover" – 2:46
  2. "So Contagious" – 3:04
  3. "In Too Far" – 2:54
  4. "The Letter" – 3:02
  5. "Different" – 4:07
  6. "Ad Astra Per Aspera" – 1:19
  7. "This Conversation Is Over" – 3:15
  8. "Over You" – 3:52
  9. "Breathless" – 2:42
  10. "In the Cold" – 3:36
  11. "Permanent" – 3:22
  12. "Glory/Us" – 3:06



Additional Musicians



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