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Hard work, determination and success go hand and hand—and no one understands that better than STORY OF THE YEAR. In that spirit it should come as no surprise that these post-hardcore sensations decided to title their fourth full-length The Constant. However that doesn’t mean that the band’s latest disc isn’t a logical progression for St. Louis’ favorite breakout ... Read more in Amazon's Story Of The Year Store

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  • Audio CD (21 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B000ZOSMRO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. R. Bevan on 23 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
In all honesty I haven't really listened to 'Story Of The Year' before, and buying this album was down to simply.......spontaneous buying, straight from the shelf to the counter! How great is that! Haha! I didn't have a clue what to expect AT ALL! But I'll tell you something, this album will not disappoint because from the opener 'Choose Your Fate' the breakneck pace rarely seizes to let out and 'Story Of The Year' definately have produced an arsenal of songs on 'The Black Swan'.

Each track is as good as the next, its difficult to pick a definate favourite, the standard of this album and the quality of the songs is really high! The single 'Wake Up' is an instant favourite and upon hearing it I fell in love with the lyrics, the soaring vocals and the funkeh guitar solo on the bridge! Fantastic! 'The Antidote' turns up the heat with crushing guitars, visceral chanting and the schitzophrenic guitar solo which is very impressive and has to be one of my favourites on this album! Other tracks such as 'The Black Swan', 'Message To The World', 'Apathy Is A Deathwish' and 'We're Not Gonna Make It' dont let up the breakneck pace and definately deliver with equally bedazzling vocals and musicianship! From the quality you can tell they are proud with this release and so they should be.....but thats not all!

'Cannonball', the most gutsiest track on the album became an instant and my most favourite track from the album. Heavy, sleazy guitar riffs with equally stunning vocals. A hard rock, balls out anthem! Love it!
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By neil leadbeater on 18 Feb. 2014
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Brilliant album, only heard of them thru chance but they are well worth a listen if you've never heard of them before
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. BTJ Shenton on 21 April 2008
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13 Songs of pure Story of the year Genius, they just don't seem to be able to go wrong in my books, if your a fan from the beginning you wont be disappointed, they bring it all on this album, and make it heavier than the previous 2 albums which isn't a bad thing, Excellent, Keep up the good work guys.
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By tina on 21 Mar. 2015
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awesome
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A step in the right direction 28 April 2008
By Nick Colosi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So there's this formula that a lot of bands use, it goes like this.

1.) Breakout album achieves much notice.
2.) Sophomore album tries a bunch of new stuff, which creates new fans but also deters some of the old fans.
3.) Third album takes a step back and satisfies both the new and old fans.

This happens to a lot of bands and it happened to Story of the Year, not that that's a bad thing. This CD basically continues the journey that "In the Wake of Determination" began, while also reflecting on the original roots of the band that lie in "Page Avenue" This is a huge step up from their sophomore release, and it took me a while to figure out why, but I think I finally got it. Whenever I listened to "In the Wake..." I couldn't help but get the impression that the band didn't know where they wanted to take their sound, all they knew is that they didn't want to write another "Page Avenue" So that CD was all over the place in it's effort to get something new.

Almost three years later we get a much more professionally done "In the Wake of Determination" The CD opens up with possibly the rawest display of Dan's vocals ever, but then we transition over and the sound is cleaner, the songs are well constructed, it's not as blunt and 'TURN THE AMP UP TO 11 RAWR!' as its predecessor, which is good. Althogether this album goes down smooth and is a pretty easy listen to a fan of either of the other SOTY albums.

Music wise, it's pretty much the same SOTY. We have the obvious emphasis on guitars and those catchy-as-ever hooks, solos, and breakdowns. The guitars here are just as amazing as ever if you've been following this band since their beginnings, like I have. Again we see the bass being totally ignored (Grrr...), in fact, the only song where I could consciously stop and say "Oh yeah, there's the bass guitar" was "Cannonball" Lyrically, Dan is as brilliant as he has ever been, with lyrics that stretch back to the days of "Page Avenue" when the songs would actually make me ponder my life through that he was saying (Let's face it, with songs like "Meathead" and "We Don't Care Anymore," the lyrics on "In the Wake" were not very good.) I don't hold it against them that they're not 'trying new stuff' but that might have something to do with the fact that I bought "The Bright Lights of America" the same day as this CD.

So yeah, if you liked them before, you'll still like them, if you didn't like them before, you're not gonna like them this time around. This is still the band we know, and in my case, love, and they continue to be the frontrunners in this kind of rock with its obvious metal/punk/alternative/other stuff influences, so if you're into that sort of thing, this is definitely for you. Highlights on the CD are "Choose Your Fate," "Cannonball," maybe "Tell Me," and the best track on the CD in my opinion and best track SOTY has ever written, "Message to the World"

Oh man... and I had intended this to be a short review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Epitaph takes on Story of the Year 23 April 2008
By Ryan Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Story of the Year has broken the silence with `The Black Swan', an album finely polished and artistically designed and produced. With Epitaph taking on this album, hit singles are clearly at a loss, but quality is at an all-time high. Story of the Year has become an interesting phenomena in the evolution of post hardcore/emo music. `Page Avenue' was a marketable album and a mainstay on local radios and MTV... Their mainstream success subsided a bit with the release of `In The Wake Of Determination', though still receiving attention with the demands of Maverick records and first single "We Don't Care Anymore." Now, with their third disc, SOTY has chosen to leave the label that has sported the likes of Alanis Morissette, Madonna and the Deftones and become a high profile band on an indie label. In many ways, Story of the Year is taking a step back in order to take a step forward.

I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical of some of the songs at first. A few of the tracks on the latter half of the album sounded like B-sides from `In The Wake...' The sound was very similar, but the catchiness wasn't as prolific. However, after a couple listens and a peek at the booklet, the album became bigger than what I expected it to be. They aren't straying from what's made them successful, and for that, I give them 4 stars, probably closer to 4 1/2. Lyrically, the album is brilliant. It's a paradox of life and death and vocally showcases the exceptional talent of front man, Dan Marsala.
The one song that has me scratching my head is "Message To The World." It reminds me too much of "Five Against The World", a song that has a fantastic concept but a very simplistic and questionable chorus. That song aside, I guarantee you if you are a fan of their prior music, this album will scratch your itch.

Standout Tracks:
"Choose Your Fate"
"Wake Up"
"The Antidote"
"Tell Me (P.A.C.)"
"Apathy Is A Deathwish"
"Terrified"

I can't compare this disc to 'Page Avenue' because their style and intentions were so different at the time. Musically, I find that it falls just short of 'In The Wake Of Determintion.' However, lyrically, the band has undoubtedly peaked. I think they write some of the most fluent, poetic, heartfelt lyrics you'll find in the music business today, and this album only gives support to my opinion. Those of you looking for an album that you can really connect with and feel the passion in the band, I highly recommend this.

Grade: A-
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Determination Avenue 24 April 2008
By Aaron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It would be easy to criticize Story of the Year for not trying anything new on their third album and even easier to call them out for practicing the same by-the-numbers post-hardcore music that many of their peers abandoned around 2004. But considering my implicit love of the band's work since their inception, I can't help but write this review on an angle.

Those conversant with Story's last two albums already know exactly what to expect from The Black Swan: huge, metal-influenced guitar riffs, wailing solos, uptempo punk-inspired song structures, melodramatic vocals, soaring choruses and hardcore breakdowns. In fact much of the album should sound instantly familiar; the intros to "Wake Up" and "The Antidote" are nearly identical to Page Avenue's "Dive Right In" and In the Wake of Determination's "Sleep."

Incidentally, the band's sound has changed so little since their last album that there really isn't much else to write about. I'll let the old axiom provide the bottom line: If you weren't a Story fan before, the Black Swan isn't going to make you one now. But if you dug Page Avenue and Determination, and don't mind a band employing the same formula on each album, The Black Swan certainly delivers. If Pennywise can get away with writing the same album every few years while sacrificing absolutely no credibility, there's no reason their label-mates Story of the Year can't.
Basically, it's got it all. 25 Mar. 2009
By Jade M. Katona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay so I already know there's a million and one or so individuals out there who would much rather get needles through the beds of their toenails than to admit that they've ever even LISTENED to a Story of the Year song or album, let alone ENJOYED it, but the truth is, for the good majority of those who may profess to that, (you know who you are) well, YOU'RE LYING! Ha! Yes, Story of the Year may be deemed in the "mainstream" category but i wish people would stop hating on music that is in the "mainstream" category. Fact is, there's a reason that any particular band or artist is in that category, and I don't care how hot your singer or drummer or what have you is, the point is there's a reason and that reason is backed most often than not by something called TALENT. I cringe every time I hear a person hate on a band just because of their ability to attain success, it makes me want to go up to them and ask them the question, "so if you got paid to do something you were good at, you're telling me you wouldn't take the money?!" I believe we all know what the vast consensus would be for the answer to that question, which leads me to conclude, this album rocks, it's catchy, heavy, and soft in all the right places. Just because this band is "mainstream" does not in any way shape or form compromise the fact that they're a talented young group of men, so QUIT HATING ALREADY! :D
Best Album Yet 6 Aug. 2008
By Roger Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Page Avenue was excellent. In the Wake of Determination was decent. The Black Swan will leave you winded, exhilarated, and slightly disappointed, because I currently doubt anyone's ability to top the Black Swan. It employ's Dan's wide range of vocal talent with powerful lyrics that weave perfectly into their music. With a good balance of hard and soft songs (soft being very relative), it brings the best of Page Avenue and adds some of the edge and complex lyrical themes from In The Wake of Determination.
Dont judge the album based on the first song - it happens to be my least favorite. Listen to Wake Up, We Aren't Gunna Make it, and Terrified. If you get a chance, download their bonus tracks "Never Let it Go" and "Save One".
This might be the best album in my library. The music is versatile, works for any mood, and doesn't wear out.
If you get a chance, see them live. I saw them at Warped Tour in 2008 and opening for Linkin Park in 2003. Awesome shows.
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