Story of the Year is fantastic at remaining constant; always bringing forth new material without any drastic change in sound and managing to be just as good as anything else they've put out. The Constant is mature, it's real and presents a slightly darker side of the band without sacrificing everything else which forms the bands sound. Remaining constant is one of the bands main strengths, and yet they continue to step more and more forward over time.
The Constant is another SOTY record (i mean hey the album title even says it is!). They continue from the sound of The Black Swan but improve on it by making it much more focused and immediate in every aspect. In some sense the melodic flair is very reminiscent of Page Avenue which should please old fans. The album runs strong in its 11 cuts but they really come strong in their heavier cuts. This does question how long they can run with this sound...but The Constant is def. in many cases their tightest record and is sure to serve as a summer soundtrack for many this year.