17 Songs, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stone Sour is Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's first band, though they often get dismissed as a side project. Their third studio album finds the GRAMMY-nominated quintet pulling their alt-metal sound back into the both the '90s and the '70s as "Mission Statement" opens with guitar distortion steeped in the muddy sludge of Seattle grunge while the infectious "Say You'll Haunt Me" plays with the catchy, ascending melodies of an old Boston song. Unlike their 2002 eponymous debut and 2006's Come What(ever) May, 2010's Audio Secrecy bares no spoken-word track. But they've honed their songwriting skills, leaning less on big rock riffs and successfully experimenting with a layered approach to the architecture of tunes like "Hesitate," which begins with single notes accompanying Taylor's voice before arpeggios and a rhythm section are stacked on to build a ballad that all comes together by the chorus. The end result sounds a bit like Asia's "Heat of the Moment" (in a good way). "Nylon 6/6" brings back the rawk, as does "Hate Not Gone," easily the heaviest tune of the three bonus tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stone Sour is Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's first band, though they often get dismissed as a side project. Their third studio album finds the GRAMMY-nominated quintet pulling their alt-metal sound back into the both the '90s and the '70s as "Mission Statement" opens with guitar distortion steeped in the muddy sludge of Seattle grunge while the infectious "Say You'll Haunt Me" plays with the catchy, ascending melodies of an old Boston song. Unlike their 2002 eponymous debut and 2006's Come What(ever) May, 2010's Audio Secrecy bares no spoken-word track. But they've honed their songwriting skills, leaning less on big rock riffs and successfully experimenting with a layered approach to the architecture of tunes like "Hesitate," which begins with single notes accompanying Taylor's voice before arpeggios and a rhythm section are stacked on to build a ballad that all comes together by the chorus. The end result sounds a bit like Asia's "Heat of the Moment" (in a good way). "Nylon 6/6" brings back the rawk, as does "Hate Not Gone," easily the heaviest tune of the three bonus tracks.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

631 Ratings

Awesome album

148226121,

Stone sour rocks this album is awesome. After Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed released their lasted albums now this this has been a great couple of weeks

Stone Sour Evolved Into A New Band

EverythingAndNothing,

Alright, here is a real review. I have actually listened to the album a couple of times and won't mindlessly post "first" as a review. Stone Sour was always a more mellow outlet for both Jim Root and Corey Taylor when compared to their other band Slipknot. This is understandable as not every song has to be screaming with thundering guitars. In fact, I would much prefer to have Corey use Stone Sour as his softer outlet instead of that spilling over into a Slipknot album (as it did in Vol. 3 and some parts of All Hope Is Gone). There are some songs on here that resemble the Stone Sour of old. Nylon 6/6 (though it is a little soft), Mission Statement, and Say You'll Haunt Me are a few examples. However, Stone Sour has taken their pogression from their past album and applied it to more songs.

In other words, they have become softer than in their earlier days. Many songs sound as if they spliced together something from their last album along with the song "Bother" in order to form radio friendly softer rock tracks. This is my big issue with this album. It is fine if Stone Sour wants to sound soft. I would even welcome an entirely acoustic release from them. However, they were never about making mindless radio rock songs. I despise radio rock songs as they are mindless and made for one thing only: being played on the radio so people will go out and download them.

Overall, the album has some shining moments but the radio rock songs (Miracles, Dying, Pieces, etc.) knock it down by a few stars. I don't think this is Stone Sour's strongest release and easily rank their first two major releases above this. I just hope that Corey and Jim turn around and make a true Slipknot album next time. I hope that they were able to get all of their soft ambitions out of the way with this release. It is a shame that they decided to take this path with this album. Many bands have abandoned their roots in favor of radio rock songs. I am sorry but we just don't need another top 40 band such as Seether, Drowning Pool, or Nickelback. Stone Sour hasn't lost a fan just yet. I will still support them but I think they need to work a little harder for the next album and stop trying to come out with material that will be played on the radio. Instead, they need to make an album true to themselves and not worry about cashing out.

About Stone Sour

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, though, and quickly distinguished themselves with a pair of gold-selling albums and three Grammy nominations.

The band's reunion began in early 2002, when Root and Taylor contacted original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Sean Economaki about recording a full-length Stone Sour album. The bandmates had released several demos during their initial time together, and some of those songs were re-recorded for Stone Sour's self-titled debut, which earned two Grammy nominations and was RIAA-certified gold. Drafting in drummer Joel Ekman, the band released a song for the Spider-Man soundtrack ("Bother," credited only to Taylor) while recording the album in Los Angeles. A tour followed, and Stone Sour took a short break while Taylor and Root returned their attention to Slipknot for the recording of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.

Several years later, the band returned to the studio to work on a second album. Come What(ever) May was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and released in August 2006, where it hit number four on the Billboard charts and spawned the successful single "Through Glass." Stone Sour hit the road that same year on the Family Values tour with high-profile headliners Deftones and Korn, and they released a digital concert album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Once the touring was over, Corey Taylor and Jim Root shifted their focus to Slipknot once again, this time for the creation of 2008's All Hope Is Gone.

Stone Sour's hiatus was shorter this time around, though, as the group returned in 2010 with a new album, Audio Secrecy, a more subdued effort that found the bandmembers maturing as songwriters. This trend continued into 2012 with their next release, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1, which would be the first part of an ambitious concept double album. A year later, in 2013, Stone Sour released the second part, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2. A pair of covers EPs , Meanwhile in Burbank and Straight Outta Burbank, arrived in 2015, followed by the band's sixth full-length, Hydrograd, in 2017. ~ Bradley Torreano

  • ORIGIN
    Des Moines, IA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1992

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