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St. Louis' hardest rocking band, Story of the Year, return February 2010 with their new record, The Constant. 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 and loyal following, thanks in large part to lead singer Dan Marsala's signature vocal style and heartfelt lyrics. Hitting the studio once again with producer Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Cold, Escape The Fate).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0031WY1C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Why do bands usually make music that isn't up to par with their old material when they mature? Usually it's because what made the music great in the beginning was the young, passion-drive angst and energy that usually fades away as bands age.

Thankfully for us, Story of the Year hasn't lost their edge, but they definitely have matured. Their fourth effort under the SOTY name brings to the table the most well developed and poetic of anything they've ever done. Having said that the material I believe will be immediatly compatable with the CD collections of fans of all three of the other works.

Most of the songs are mid-tempoed melodic rock with the same punchy hooks we've come to expect from the boys of Story of the Year, with very heartfelt lyrics about trying to grow up in such a confusing world that we live in. This is a CD that is meant to be taken as a whole for how pretty sounding it all is; it could almost constitute a concept album.

Unlike most bands that have been around as long as these guys have however, they still keep their feet firmly planted in the hardcore scene. Whereas bands like the Used and Rise Against have dropped most of the screaming from their music, we have three very obvious examples of Dan Marsala's brutal raw vocal onslaught in "To the Burial" "Won Threw Ate" and "Eye for an Eye" These songs tend to be very political with lyrics that could have come from "In the Wake of Determination" but still manage to keep a little bit of "Black Swan" polish on them. "Eye for an Eye" is clearly a throwback to the days of "Falling Down," closing out the album with a four chord punk based rocker instead of an epic 5 minutes metally song.
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After two post-debut albums, I've come to accept that Story Of The Year probably won't put out something as catchy as "Page Avenue", and I'm okay with that. "The Constant" finds a nice place between its first and "In The Wake Of Determination". It's a record filled with hard energy, political commentary, and illumination. Marsala's vocals do not disappoint, and neither does the rest of the band. Solid and satisfying.
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SOTY's 4th album is nothing short of perfect. From the moving opener "the children sing" to the closing headbanging "eye for an eye" this album's got it all: beautiful melodies, catchy choruses, touching lyrics (SOTY style) and of course Dan Marsala's unchallenged soaring vocals!!
There's not a single bad song, my favourites are "the children sing", "the ghost of you and I" & "holding on to you".

Overall an amazing effort by one of the best bands out there.
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That's just stupid talk, Ofcourse this sounds like their last album but if the formula works why change it? If real fans like the sounds, then they have succeed in making a good album. Just like everyone has said before, it may sound the same, but it's as good their last album. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't.
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This album, like previous reviews said, sounds a lot like the old-time Story of the Year--which is AWESOME.

Their new songs have the same sound as their older, more famous stuff, but these new songs are even better. Sure you can't ever beat hits like Anthem of Our Dying Day and Until the Day I Die, but songs like The Ghost of You and I, Holding on to You, and Ten Years Down are very close competitors.

Story of the Year is so good at making amazing songs that cover different genres, for example their song "Won Threw Ate" is very heavy and filled with screaming and its AWESOME. While their other song "Holding on to You" is soft but EPIC and BEAUTIFUL, not to mention some of the catchiest stuff I've heard.

My favorite songs on this record are "The Ghost of You and I" and "Holding on to You" but in all honesty, I've thoroughly enjoyed every song on the album. It is truly phenomenal.

Buy this album, support an amazing band, and trust me, you will NOT be dissappointed.
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The constant is wonderful and this was a good buy although I do like the previous albums better.Musically, this record has less shouting and more singing than their previous efforts which is great because their lead singer has a fantastic voice and I can't say this will sit well with some fans, but but in my opinion Story of the Year has always been great and their lyrics are so beautiful and deep!!! I love them, they are one of my favourite bands and I definitely recommend getting this album beacause is amazing!!!Here is a track listing and rating:

1.The Children Sing 7.5/10
2.The Ghost Of You And I 7.5/10
3.I'm Alive 8/10
4.To The Burial 8.5/10
5.The Dream Is over 7/10
6.Remember A Time 7/10
7.Holding On To You 8.5/10
8.Won Threw Ate 8/10
9.Ten Years Down 7/10
10.Time Goes On 7.5/10
11.Eye For An Eye 7.5/10
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This album is very repetitive. It is very much a "constant" sound. I have been a fan since the old days and loved how much diversity they put into their music. This album seems very much targeted at the masses with a bland generic sound. It is still ok music but nothing compared to past albums.
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