Story of the Year
The Constant


3.5
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Review

by Alexander USER (9 Reviews)
February 9th, 2010 | 13 replies | 4,164 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: SOTY presents The Constant: 11 all-natural anthems that don’t change much but certainly bring the good times.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

For skeptics: The Constant is another Story Of The Year album. Between the 11 songs with the lurching guitars, soaring vocals, shotgun snares, and larger than life choruses: there’s nothing groundbreaking that SOTY bring on this album-so if you were hoping for that you might as well stop reading now.

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If you decided to keep reading still you’ll actually be pleased to know that The Constant is a solid album, and for certain their tightest and most natural album yet. For most part they do stay in the confines of their sound but they manage to make it work (they branch out slightly at points-but will get there). The album is an extension of the sound they found in The Black Swan but the melodic flair on many of these songs is very reminiscent of Page Avenue.

The major thing The Constant does is focus on the strengths that were brought on by The Black Swan. The band has a winning combo with their producer Elvis Baskette who gives the band a nice beefy and balance sound-optimizing the push/pull dynamics the band loves to mess with. So because of this, the band aims to write in simplicity-focusing more on the overall song by not over thinking or over tweaking anything part (where The Black Swan was flawed). And in doing this-the band succeeds very well.

As said before, just about all these songs groove in typical SOTY fashion. You can hear a bit of Page Avenue in a lot of these songs with the guitars switching between soft delay-esque licks to explosive choruses. Sometimes the band goes for a simple pop-punk three or four power chord progression which could be mistaken for cliché but they tend to ride the hell out of it and layer some rather infectious vocal and guitar harmonies.

Overall, their only two twists they pull of here. The opener “The Children Sing” uses a children’s choir throughout the song. Albeit it is a bit cheesy (and a bit odd for an opener) but it ends up being a rather nice and (almost cute) touch to the song. The other twist is in the downright zany “Remember A Time” in which you swear that chorus is something Weezer would write. It’s not a bad song by any means, but it’s certainly a random track that sits right in the middle of the album.

Their secret and almost ironic strength comes out on their heavier songs. Which almost makes you wish the band explores this sound more. SOTY were never incredible lyricists in the first place- so when the fast pissed of punk driven songs come into play, the straightforward lyrics meet evenly with the music. “To The Burial” corrects where “Welcome To Our New War” was overdone lyrically. “Won Threw Ate” (what a dumb title) blares in vengeance and vocalist Dan Marsala gets all pissed about racial/gender inequality. The album closer “Eye for an Eye” is full guns out which switches b/w hardcore punk verses and it’s metal-esque chorus (you can guess what the song is about from the title).

I didn’t know where to put this but kudos to drummer Josh Willis on this album-who smartly balances out musically with the constant shifting guitars and provides a strong yet smooth support. Also Dan Marsala continues to sing with strong vocals switching between soft sweet melodies and aggressive screams. The whole pop-punk meets hardcore/metal thing is in a very saturated and mediocre zone right now. However Story Of The Year continue to balance this incredibly well and this proof can be heard in The Constant. It’s easily their tightest album that is sure to serve as a summer soundtrack for many. Certainly recommended and worth a spin or two.

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AlexTM510
February 9th 2010



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i have feeling im gonna be hooked on this for a while. it's just super catchy

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Phantom
February 9th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I enjoyed Page Avenue and ITWOD a few years back, but their last album didnt catch me, so I don't know if I can be bothered with this. Great review though.

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2010



44164 Comments


Last album was great. The two songs I heard off this weren't quite as engaging but still stoked to hear this nonetheless. Ace review.

AlexTM510
February 9th 2010



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys, balls when you hear the album as a whole its much more engaging...at least for me it was. I liked it as much as TBS when i first heard it but i listened a few more times and i can say for certain its much better than TBS.

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2010



44164 Comments


I cant believe these guys are still around. Hearing Page Avenue for the first time seems like a decade ago.

Also, when does this come out in stores?

BrahTheSunGod
February 9th 2010



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guitars really stepped it up on this album, and the production is stellar.

AlexTM510
February 9th 2010



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the 16th....so that would be next week they had some release party show already but it should be in stores next week.

I should probably mention about some of the solos on this album cause yea some of them are killer.

ToWhatEnd
February 9th 2010



3172 Comments


You really hit the nail on the head saying this sounds much more natural than The Black Swan. So far this is a welcome improvement from that record. Nice review as well.

fromtheinside
February 9th 2010



18058 Comments


i have no faith in this. good review though!

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Waior
February 9th 2010



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The biggest strengths and weaknesses are both the fact that this is a Story of the Year record.

Album artwork is really cool though

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2010



15911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the warning... I stopped reading, but only because I now know that I'll like this album since it's like everything else they've done.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



17204 Comments


"Album artwork is really cool though "


reminds me of Saves the Day's sound the alarm

AlexTM510
February 9th 2010



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the warning... I stopped reading, but only because I now know that I'll like this album since it's like everything else they've done.


haha glad i could help




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