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Come What(ever) May [Special Edition]

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Album Review

What sets Stone Sour apart from others of their breed is the band's ability to create smooth, radio-friendly alternative metal songs while simultaneously not boring the people who have heard way too much from post-grunge groups. The secret to this lies in guitarist James Root's unique style and drummer Roy Mayorga's unyielding intensity. Root and singer Corey Taylor re-created Stone Sour after the success of Slipknot in the late '90s; the band was meant to serve as a more introspective, melodic, and creative outlet for them, while not disenfranchising the fans of Slipknot. Stone Sour are more fierce than most alternative metal groups, incorporating brash heavy metal into many of their songs. The band's aggressive self-titled debut was far more reminiscent of Slipknot, but Come What(ever) May is moving further and further away from the shock rock, rap-rock aspect that originally brought Slipknot into the mainstream. Taylor lets loose his nearly metal growl (which is nearly untouchable compared to most of his contemporaries) on occasion, but maybe not as often as he should. The album's better moments are felt when his relentless, vicious pipes — coupled with distortion-heavy riffs and double bass drum — forge their way through the immaculately produced sound. Come What(ever) May starts out strong with the bass drum-heavy "30/30-150." The song explodes out of the speakers; it's a solid metal start for an album that dips between alternative rock, heavy metal, and post-grunge. Unfortunately, the album isn't always interesting. Songs like "Through Glass" are your average run-of-the-mill alternative metal tunes, and after a certain point the album seems to have little new to offer. "sillyworld" follows along the same lines, but still has more in common with Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" than a Godsmack song. Still, Come What(ever) May has plenty of shining moments and it rocks hard, channeling heavy metal and blending it with alternative melodies. It's an unyielding effort from a promising talent — one that might just help save alternative metal from becoming deeply generic. [In 2007, Stone Sour released a new Special Edition of Come What(ever) May with a bonus DVD. The CD includes the album plus all five of the bonus tracks from the previous Special Edition. The extra DVD includes an entire live gig recorded during October of 2006 in Moscow plus videos for four tracks from the album: "30/30-150," "Through Glass," "sillyworld" (sic), and "Made of Scars."] ~ Megan Frye & Thom Jurek, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Come What(ever) May Special Edition

Can't fault this album a strong display of songs throughout, i cant think of a better album i purchased in 2007,heavy and mellow meets superbly to make an outstanding album.

"Through Glass" had me hooked

All i can say is that Stone Sour are brilliant, for a metal band "Through Glass" is a lovely change of style my fav song of the whole album.

A must buy

Come whatever may was a fantastic album and the special edition expands to make an already great album brilliant. Stonesour have outdone themselves and really come into there own with this album. Six extra songs is half an album in itself and there some of the best songs on there i highly reccomend it and its a must buy for any metal fan especially for only £9.99 its a damn good deal


Formed: 1992 in Des Moines, IA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Slipknot made their mainstream debut in the late '90s, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root got their start a few years prior in Stone Sour. Described as a cross between Metallica and Alice in Chains, the group spent several years playing the Iowa bar circuit before the two men joined Slipknot. Stone Sour re-formed in the early 2000s,...
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  • £10.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: 24 July 2006
  • Parental Advisory

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