Stone Sour are a great band. They’ve got a good mix of everything you’d like from a metal band, unless you’re after some straight up death or thrash metal, but you know what I mean. They’re a metal band that have heavy riffs, fast songs, great lyrics, great shouting and singing and can even whip an acoustic tune out of the bag if the need arises. If you like that kind of mix, then they’re a band for you.
I’m sitting here listening to latest offering ‘Audio Secrecy’ while I’m writing this and it’s a bit different to their previous stuff. Not quite sure what to make of it yet. Think it might be a grower!
I’m looking forward to seeing them in a few weeks as they’re a damn fine live band. It’s their Joint headline tour with Avenged Sevenfold and support from Hellyeah. I didn’t get to watch their full set at Download Festival this year as they clashed with Aerosmith. I’ve never seen Tyler, Perry & Co live before, so sacrifices had to be made. I mean, I needed to hear ‘Eat The Rich’ and ‘Livin On The Edge’ played live at least once in my life.
But I did catch the first 10 mins of Stone Sour and aside from a new song which was a bit slow for an opener, they sounded spot on. I was later informed by a friend that the rest of their set was immense, yet a little emotional given the events of the time (the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray). FYI, Aerosmith were also good!
Anyway, Audio Secrecy. It’s a good album, but lacks the ‘beans’ that ‘Stone Sour’ and ‘Come What(ever) May’ had. It starts well with opener ‘Mission Statement’ and ‘Digital (Did You Tell)’ hitting you with Stone Sours trademark heavy/shouty/singy combo, but the majority of the album feels a bit slow.
They’re not shit songs though, far from it, it’s just I liked the pace and heaviness of the previous two albums with the mix of mainly fast heavy numbers, with a few slow/acoustic chart friendly numbers thrown in. Audio Secrecy appears to be the reverse. Whereas the likes of ‘Bother’ or ‘Through Glass’ stand out in their field as the singalong songs on otherwise metal albums, new songs like ‘Hesitate’ get surrounded by similar songs and lose their impact.
But as always, the album is loaded with gems. As mentioned, ‘Hesitate’ is a real lighters-in-the-air, crowd swaying moment with some great guitar work (which puts me in mind of Velvet Revolver’s ‘Fall To Pieces’. – I’m a Slash fan, that’s a compliment!) and ‘Unfinished’ is an in-your-face number with riffs and power that match the vibe of Stone Sours debut album. Other songs like ‘Nylon 6/6’ have the heavy and melodic feel down to a tee, whereas ‘Dying’ has an unexpected ‘Theory of a Deadman’ vibe to it.
Corey’s lyrics are always superb. His work with both Slipknot and Stone Sour is far superior to most metal bands. Great guitar work from Jim Root & Josh Rand, with lots of technical stuff and very atmospheric playing. Shawn’s bass lines are solid and fit well with the rest of the music, and Roy Mayorga is one of the best drummers in metal (with an impressive list of employers: Soulfly, Sepultura, Medcation, Roadrunner United, etc…), so can’t be faulted.
I like the album, but I’m still 50/50 on how much. As I said, I think it’s a grower. So pick up a copy, it’s defo worth a go.
Find them at: http://www.myspace.com/stonesour, and In the meantime, here’s the video for ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me’.