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Hard work, determination and success go hand and hand—and no one understands that better than STORY OF THE YEAR. In that spirit it should come as no surprise that these post-hardcore sensations decided to title their fourth full-length The Constant. However that doesn’t mean that the band’s latest disc isn’t a logical progression for St. Louis’ favorite breakout ... Read more in Amazon's Story Of The Year Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0014DC05A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Choose Your Fate
2. Wake up
3. The Antidote
4. Tell Me
5. Angel In The Swamp
6. The Black Swan
7. Message To The World
8. Apathy Is A Deathwish
9. We're Not Gonna Make It
10. Cannonball
11. Terrified
12. The Pale Blue Dot
13. Welcome To Our New War

Editorial Reviews

This St. Louis-bred five piece's Epitaph debut is an artistic triumph in every sense. The beloved, million-selling band's third studio album is their finest, building on the strength of past accomplishments. Known for their kinetic live shows and ridiculously catchy songs, Story Of The Year have always been famously ballsy in their mixing of glossy production, big rock hooks, and honeyed melodies with searing metal riffs and intense screaming. The band has garnered a passionate following, thanks in large part to lead singer Dan Marsala's signature vocal style and heartfelt lyrics.

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It employ's Dan's wide range of vocal talent with powerful lyrics that weave perfectly into their music.
Roger Klein
If you like metal-inspired guitar work with clean vocals and generally euphonic songs (i.e. not complete dissonance) then you'll love SOTY.
Richard Lorenz
I am a die-hard fan and a professional musician, and just from a musical stand point alone; I would have to say I LOVE THIS ALBUM.
AJ Larsen

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick Colosi on April 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So there's this formula that a lot of bands use, it goes like this.

1.) Breakout album achieves much notice.
2.) Sophomore album tries a bunch of new stuff, which creates new fans but also deters some of the old fans.
3.) Third album takes a step back and satisfies both the new and old fans.

This happens to a lot of bands and it happened to Story of the Year, not that that's a bad thing. This CD basically continues the journey that "In the Wake of Determination" began, while also reflecting on the original roots of the band that lie in "Page Avenue" This is a huge step up from their sophomore release, and it took me a while to figure out why, but I think I finally got it. Whenever I listened to "In the Wake..." I couldn't help but get the impression that the band didn't know where they wanted to take their sound, all they knew is that they didn't want to write another "Page Avenue" So that CD was all over the place in it's effort to get something new.

Almost three years later we get a much more professionally done "In the Wake of Determination" The CD opens up with possibly the rawest display of Dan's vocals ever, but then we transition over and the sound is cleaner, the songs are well constructed, it's not as blunt and 'TURN THE AMP UP TO 11 RAWR!' as its predecessor, which is good. Althogether this album goes down smooth and is a pretty easy listen to a fan of either of the other SOTY albums.

Music wise, it's pretty much the same SOTY. We have the obvious emphasis on guitars and those catchy-as-ever hooks, solos, and breakdowns. The guitars here are just as amazing as ever if you've been following this band since their beginnings, like I have. Again we see the bass being totally ignored (Grrr...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Matthews on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Story of the Year has broken the silence with `The Black Swan', an album finely polished and artistically designed and produced. With Epitaph taking on this album, hit singles are clearly at a loss, but quality is at an all-time high. Story of the Year has become an interesting phenomena in the evolution of post hardcore/emo music. `Page Avenue' was a marketable album and a mainstay on local radios and MTV... Their mainstream success subsided a bit with the release of `In The Wake Of Determination', though still receiving attention with the demands of Maverick records and first single "We Don't Care Anymore." Now, with their third disc, SOTY has chosen to leave the label that has sported the likes of Alanis Morissette, Madonna and the Deftones and become a high profile band on an indie label. In many ways, Story of the Year is taking a step back in order to take a step forward.

I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical of some of the songs at first. A few of the tracks on the latter half of the album sounded like B-sides from `In The Wake...' The sound was very similar, but the catchiness wasn't as prolific. However, after a couple listens and a peek at the booklet, the album became bigger than what I expected it to be. They aren't straying from what's made them successful, and for that, I give them 4 stars, probably closer to 4 1/2. Lyrically, the album is brilliant. It's a paradox of life and death and vocally showcases the exceptional talent of front man, Dan Marsala.
The one song that has me scratching my head is "Message To The World." It reminds me too much of "Five Against The World", a song that has a fantastic concept but a very simplistic and questionable chorus.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on April 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It would be easy to criticize Story of the Year for not trying anything new on their third album and even easier to call them out for practicing the same by-the-numbers post-hardcore music that many of their peers abandoned around 2004. But considering my implicit love of the band's work since their inception, I can't help but write this review on an angle.

Those conversant with Story's last two albums already know exactly what to expect from The Black Swan: huge, metal-influenced guitar riffs, wailing solos, uptempo punk-inspired song structures, melodramatic vocals, soaring choruses and hardcore breakdowns. In fact much of the album should sound instantly familiar; the intros to "Wake Up" and "The Antidote" are nearly identical to Page Avenue's "Dive Right In" and In the Wake of Determination's "Sleep."

Incidentally, the band's sound has changed so little since their last album that there really isn't much else to write about. I'll let the old axiom provide the bottom line: If you weren't a Story fan before, the Black Swan isn't going to make you one now. But if you dug Page Avenue and Determination, and don't mind a band employing the same formula on each album, The Black Swan certainly delivers. If Pennywise can get away with writing the same album every few years while sacrificing absolutely no credibility, there's no reason their label-mates Story of the Year can't.
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Okay so I already know there's a million and one or so individuals out there who would much rather get needles through the beds of their toenails than to admit that they've ever even LISTENED to a Story of the Year song or album, let alone ENJOYED it, but the truth is, for the good majority of those who may profess to that, (you know who you are) well, YOU'RE LYING! Ha! Yes, Story of the Year may be deemed in the "mainstream" category but i wish people would stop hating on music that is in the "mainstream" category. Fact is, there's a reason that any particular band or artist is in that category, and I don't care how hot your singer or drummer or what have you is, the point is there's a reason and that reason is backed most often than not by something called TALENT. I cringe every time I hear a person hate on a band just because of their ability to attain success, it makes me want to go up to them and ask them the question, "so if you got paid to do something you were good at, you're telling me you wouldn't take the money?!" I believe we all know what the vast consensus would be for the answer to that question, which leads me to conclude, this album rocks, it's catchy, heavy, and soft in all the right places. Just because this band is "mainstream" does not in any way shape or form compromise the fact that they're a talented young group of men, so QUIT HATING ALREADY! :D
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