Nathan Percy

REVIEW: Stone Sour – ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 1’

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These days, anything that includes Corey Taylor and Jim Root is certain to be successful.

Such is the case with Stone Sour’s latest project, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, which is set to be released to the world on Oct. 23.

The Iowa-based band feeds off of the success of 2010’s Audio Secrecy, using the same diversity in the first installment of it’s two-part concept album.

Taylor’s vocals are crisp and Root has multiple opportunities to showcase his solo work throughout the album.

Drummer Roy Mayorga thrives with each different tempo and incorporates double kick on numerous tracks, while Rachel Bolan (of the band Skid Row) lends a hand on the bass after Shawn Economaki left the band earlier this year.

While the band continues to incorporate ballads with metal, this album comes off harder than it’s predecessor, as tracks such as “A Rumor Of Skin”, “RU486” and “Last Of The Real” see the band really let loose.

The band hits hard with “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero”, which were previously released. The opening track leads into the second with ease, as the two seem to tie well together lyrically.

From there, the rough and choppy guitar work in “A Rumor Of Skin” takes over as Taylor tackles the topics of gossip and relationships.

“The Travelers, Pt. 1” gives the ear its first break, as the acoustic track portrays a man accepting his breakdown.

“RU486” marks the first time Taylor lets loose his screaming and the blistering guitar and drum work plays perfectly behind him for a true fast-paced metal track.

Later in the album, the boys tone it down once more for “Taciturn”, but bring the heat for the album’s closing track “Last Of The Real”.

If metal is your desired genre, then this album, like any other Slipknot or Stone Sour album, is a must-have.

Perhaps the best part of this album is that by the time you’re done playing it over-and-over to the point of exhaustion, Part 2’s release (Early 2013) will be just about here.

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