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The Constant (Deluxe Edition)

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The Constant finds S.O.T.Y. settled into their post-hardcore sound, yet daring to take risks by lacing some of their punkish power-pop with heavy metal trimmings. “The Children Sing” opens with actual children singing an eerie refrain before grungy guitars come hammering down. The kids also pipe in for the choruses here, inadvertently recalling the 1987 hit “Cry Little Sister” from Gerard McMann’s contribution to the soundtrack for The Lost Boys. “The Ghost of You and I” unleashes mammoth-sized rawk riffs that interestingly contrast the kind of delayed staccato strumming that have become synonymous with The Edge from U2. Frontman Dan Marsala howls himself hoarse, musing about a relationship gone horribly wrong while Josh Wills brutally assaults his drum kit. “I’m Alive” takes a detour with an anthemic power ballad that’s as catchy as it is formulaic. “To the Burial” returns the band to their hardcore roots with relentlessly pummeling beats that sound influenced by early Discharge albums, and while “Won Threw Ate” attempts the same approach, it contains a more commercially accessible melody.

Customer Reviews

Another great album

This is another great album from Story of the Year. I felt it contained many elemements from their previous albums, and it deffiently brought back some of the feel from Page Avenue, example being "The Ghost of You and I",and In the Wake of Determination, hear "To the Buriel" and some of Black Swan throughout.

However, I would say this album is lacking anything truely new sounding like Black Swan did, and is really an inbetween Page Avenue and the hardness of ITWOD - no complaints. I think Story of the Year was trying to hook a bigger fanbase after the rise of Black Swan. They seem like they are fishing for what their fans enjoy the most, and so they gave us a taste of everything. This album seems like the set up album for something great in the future. They came back with Black Swan, and gave us this as a tease to keep us hooked for another album

Any Story of the Year fan thats been with them sence Page Avenue or before when they were BigBlueMonkey is going to enjoy this album for what its worth, and shoudn't be afraid of pruchasing it, and would be a damn fool for passing it up. I would deffiently recomend keeping tabs on them, because the future looks bright for them.


This album is AWESOME!!!! The best songs are Time goes on, The children sing, Holding onto you and The dream is over

Not enough screaming

This is a pretty good album, but the screaming is almost non-existent and the songs are getting too radio friendly.


Formed: 1995 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Story of the Year took root in the late '90s under a different name, Big Blue Monkey, in St. Louis, MO. At the time of its inception, the band's sound was much heavier (similar to the Deftones), and the lineup that would eventually become Story of the Year was not yet in place. Big Blue Monkey played frequent shows in the St. Louis area, issued several EPs, and endured the lineup fluctuations typical to any struggling combo. Creative and persistent self-promotion soon caught the ear of producer John...
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