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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

Great album.

So I had originally bought Come What(ever) May the day after its release in August and I was completely blown away. I had, on the day it came out, managed to buy Suffer and The Frozen as apparent "iTunes only" bonus tracks before they became "Album only" songs. I should have known that they would be on a special edition release somewhere down the road. But anyway, the bonus tracks are great and definitely worth the money to buy this album over again if you already own it. I reccommend that you buy a physical copy in stores, though, since if you buy it in stores you also get a DVD with a live concert from Moscow, Russia that was filmed back in October of 2006. Also on the DVD are the four official music videos from the album; 30/30-150, Through Glass, sillyworld, & Made of Scars.


I just dl'd "Wicked Game" because the 30-second promo made me hurt a little bit inside. I then listened to the whole cover and it made me cry. I thought the vocals were so clear and beautiful and emotionally vulnerable, and along with the "Through Glass" single which I dl'd earlier I ... wow. I just really need to dl this entire compilation at some point. These artists are incredible and I don't hear nearly enough of them or artists like them. Respect.

Greaaaat!!! but no dvd :(

well, as everybody said here, this is an amazing album, no doubt about it... the thing is that when you buy this special edition on the stores, you get all this tracks PLUS a dvd with the footage of the live concert in moscow!!!!! and i know that u can actually get the audio of the concert on itunes, but c'mon, u can have the dvd that comes with the 12 songs, plus the video clips for 30/30-150, through glass,sillyworld, and made of scars...all in the same package, and it's only like $6 more than this!!!!! it's a must have


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, though, and quickly distinguished themselves with a pair of gold-selling albums and three Grammy nominations. The band's reunion began in early 2002,...
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jul 24, 2006
  • Parental Advisory

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