Release Date: Feb 16, 2010
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Their fourth studio album (and second for indie giant Epitaph), The Constant finds Story of the Year making a comfortable return to the modern post-hardcore landscape. Like their last album, The Black Swan, the band seems to have settled into their own sound, effortlessly blending in touches of metal, pop-punk, and power pop to give the listener something that’s more eclectic and engaging than the usual collection of anthemic rock that’s become so common within the genre. “Remember a Time” takes a trip back to the ‘90s with a high-flying chorus that feels like an homage to Blue Album-era Weezer with its sugary sweet lead guitars and vocal harmonies.
It’s not often a band is accused of being too versatile... It’s not often a band is accused of being too versatile, but Story Of The Year somehow achieve this with ‘The Constant’. The album veers from radio friendly rock-stomper ‘I’m Alive’, to hardcore screaming in ‘To The Burial’, before a Busted-style ballad pops up on ‘Holding Onto You’.