St. Louis’ pop/post-hardcore ballad rockers Story Of The Year (SOTY) are back with an all new album entitled The Constant. Matching the likes of their previous material the CD is heavy on the ballads that so many fans have been accustomed to over the years as well as carries a couple of tracks that are destined for mainstream play. This is the band’s fourth studio album and has been released on Epitaph Records.
I’ll admit I was not a STOY fan after hearing their first album Page Ave. The song “Until The Day I Die” was the first and only song I heard by the band That was just too much for me and of course it was plastered all over the radio and TV so I never checked out the CD. It was not until the band’s follow-up release that I finally gave them a chance. In The Wake Of Determination really changed the way I felt about them with their likable post-hardcore tracks. When I saw them play at the Vans Warped Tour a couple years later I deemed myself a fan. They were not what I originally pictured them as, they were actually musicians that happened to dish out an instant hit and rocked out especially well live.
The Constant keeps inline with their previous albums with likable tracks as heard in the opening track “The Children Sing”. The children in the background singing “don’t take this world away from me” instantly reminded me of The Lost Boys but the song itself is catchy as hell and just sounds well written. “The Ghost Of You And I” follows with heavy intensity and, dare I say, reminded me of something Linkin Park might have done until the chorus fills in.
“I’m Alive” was once of the cuts on the CD that I liked over the others. It’s a to the point rock ballad, nothing less, nothing more and hints back to the days when those heavy metal hair-bands showed a softer side to life. “To The Burial” was without a doubt my favorite track on the entire CD with enough energy to incite a circle pit in portions of the song. The guitar solos, the singing, and the drumming on this track all amount to reasons why I am a SOTY fan.
Changing things up was more-so post-hardcore song “The Dream Is Over” but then came “Holding On To You” a track once again showing a softer approach of the quintet. It’s not all rock ballads though as “Won Threw Ate” proved. This screaming vocal track was perhaps the heaviest on the album and kindly welcomed to my ears. “Time Goes One” brought a little punk element to the CD as well as some group vocals that I am sure the fans will be singing along to at their live shows. Ending the CD was another choice track of mine titled “Eye For An Eye”. I loved the energy of the track throughout with heavier guitar playing and just brutal drumming.
I was honestly hoping for more of a heavier approach though the entire album but still SOTY put out a solid album. Where as the ballads are welcomed I much prefer SOTY at their angriest and heaviest even though I know they are labeled “post-hardcore”. As I previously mentioned former fans of this band will enjoy the CD and I am sure once a couple of tracks from The Constant hit the mainstream there will be a slew of new fans.
The band is getting ready to tour in support of The Constant. If you are looking for a great live show you best check these boys out. If you need reason why just pier below at some of the videos.
Feb 26 – Chicago, IL – Cubby Bear
Mar 25 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
Mar 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theater
Mar 27 – Las Vegas, NV – Desert Breeze Skate Park
Mar 28 – Anaheim, CA – Bamboozle West
Mar 30 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Mar 31 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
Apr 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Clubhouse
Apr 3 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Apr 5 – Dallas, TX – The Door/Prophet Bar
Apr 6 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
Apr 7 – Houston, TX – Channel
Apr 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Apr 10 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade