Stone Sour, turned Sweet
I was very excited to hear this album, as I am a fairly big Stone Sour fan, but even more so a massive Corey Taylor (lead vocalist) fan. The album is the first installment of a double concept album. It's a tale about a man who is on a journey to seek happiness, after battling the trauma of heartbreak. The background information made me really eager to listen to it, and now that I have, I will share my thoughts with you.
The opening track called 'Gone Sovereign' pretty much sets the scene for the whole album. A dark, eerie song about the lead character's life and own emotion. We can sense the intensity of his life from the heavy guitar riffs and the strain in Corey's voice. The band convey the emotion fantastically throughout, we grasp a real connection with the story. The lyrics portray a narrative that is not only beautifully crafted, but leaves a genuine message about morality.
Stone Sour have stepped their game up and gone out of their comfort zone to produce for what I believe is their best album yet. The soft, angelic acoustic parts provide a smooth contrast with the gut-wrenching killer riffs and aggressive vocals. The fourth song on the album, entitled 'The Travellers, Pt.1' is an incredible song, albeit that it's only 2 and a half minutes long, that ties together the heavier moments of the album to make the whole thing flow. Musically, guitarist Jim Root has improved immensely, his solos are filled with raw emotion. The music supports the story so well and it sounds as natural as if they were going to make a regular studio record.
House of Gold & Bones; Pt.1 leaves you feeling amazed, and waiting in anticipation for Part 2, which is said to be released in May 2013. The underdogs of the Hard Rock world, who always lived in Slipknot's shadow, have come out into the limelight and have proved to any critics that they can compete with any band and claim their place as the next best and biggest thing in their genre. A fantastic album, and for my money, the best thing I've heard this year. Roll on 2013!
Stand-out tracks are: Absolute Zero, The Travellers Pt.1, My Name Is Allen.
Rating: 9 out of 10