Stone Sour
Audio Secrecy


2.5
average

Review

by Peter K. Mark USER (17 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 20 replies | 5,497 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stone Sour succeed once more in proving they're no Slipknot in terms of quality. Not by a long shot.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It was quite obvious that Stone Sour’s second effort pulled the band into a safer zone, with punchy, radio-friendly, fist-pumping tracks. At the same time, there was plenty of room for surprises, which kicked in during the second half of the album and provided a pleasant ending, ringing the bell and shouting out loud: “Hey, man, this ain’t Slipknot, this is better.” That alone left listeners wondering how much originality Corey could possibly squeeze out of Stone Sour for their third effort. In the end, he fails to find any unique ideas, rejects the originality, strips the band from all their knowledge about good alternative metal music, and goes for the safe mediocre and all so familiar sound of mainstream rock.

Let’s face it; Corey Taylor has been gifted, undoubtedly, with one of the best voices in metal of this millennium. Instead of using it for complex arrangements and challenging his vocals to improve some undertones here and there, he chooses to take the simple path of producing ear-friendly Nickelback sounds, similar to Chad Kroeger. Meanwhile, Jim Root’s repetitive riffs and Mayorga’s boring drumming convince us even more that Stone Sour came a long way from their debut.

Another disturbance in Taylor’s voice represents the unnecessary and excessive use of profanity and weak lyrics. The cliché-filled “Here we go again” in “Digital” is as cheesy as Justin Bieber repeating the word “baby”, without having a minimum idea of what he’s singing about, which is the conclusion you reach after listening to most of the songs on Audio Secrecy. Then again, Corey Taylor has better chances of being taken seriously during his melodramatic moments than during his violent screaming ones. Not only is there a serious lack of screaming and heavy periods on the album, but even those few moments disturb the potential to reach higher. In short, those screams have all been said and done with Slipknot, so trying to dig up the past is pointless, especially here.

All this ranting about the vocalist, but is Corey really the only one to set on fire? Where is Jim Root in this? Where are his all so famous riffs and aggressive solos? I understand this was never meant to be a Slipknot copy-cat of a record, but talk about boring instrumentation. The acoustic guitars in “Imperfect”? Didn’t we hear those in Bother and Through the Glass? Not to mention the overall tone and song structure. Mister Corey Taylor, the one who bashed Chris Martin for Coldplay’s unoriginal approach in Viva La Vida, is suddenly not such a hot shot when it comes to copying his band’s earlier tracks. Oh ,yeah, and that’s another reference to a Nickelback style of composing.

That said, it wouldn’t seem fair to point out the negatives without looking at the positives. Good songs are interrupted by bad songs, transitions are horrible, it doesn’t feel like a whole album at all, Nickelback...oh wait, I forgot...positives. At first listen, it’s actually enjoyable: the delightful and uplifting “Mission Statement” punches hard and starts the album just right, while the truly beautiful and soulful “Hesitate” hints at a much more sentimental sound, which is sure to be adored on the radio, as pretty much the whole album will be. Other songs, such as the aggressive-wanna-be “The Bitter End” or the terrible scream filled “Let’s Be Honest” might attract a slightly different audience.

Speaking of which, “let’s be honest” is what Corey Taylor asks us. Very well then: it’s all honesty when I say that Audio Secrecy had the potential and the magic, but Corey’s lyrics, songwriting and overall idea of an album structure break that potential into bits until you reach “Threadbare”. That coming from an incredible vocalist who wrote some extremely solid Slipknot records is a shock for me. Unfortunately, most of the times the hype is bigger than the final result, which, “let’s be honest”, ends up being the sad face behind the violent (Slipknot) mask.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stone Sour prove for the second time they're no Slipknot. Not by a long shot.

I'm pretty sure they've been trying to prove they're NOT Slipknot.

FCY
September 1st 2010



205 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^I was actually referring to sound, approach and quality.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010



15332 Comments


i liked some of SS's earlier material, not sure if i'd like this though

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a bad review, basically I get the "they're a band on auto-pilot" vibe.

Norwichdude
September 1st 2010



64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

WOW you've heard a stream and reviewed the 128kb quality album.

Why compare this to Slipknot? Its like comparing Alexisonfire to City and Colour ffs.

I would wait for the actual release, listen for a couple of weeks then review.

Rant over!


JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just because it streamed doesn't mean he just listened to only the stream today; he may have had a leaked copy for a while. Most people who review here have leaked copies way in advance and just wait until a release date/album stream to post their review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010



30868 Comments



^I was actually referring to sound, approach and quality.


In terms of sound they're two completely different bands. Even though, Corey's love for more melodic vocals have seeped into Slipknot

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

LepreCon
September 1st 2010



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stone Sour succeed once more in proving they're no Slipknot in terms of quality. Not by a long shot.


Erm, Slipknot had two absolute stinkers of records before putting out something that was worth a damn. Much as I enjoy Slipknot's later work i still feel Stone Sour are a much better and more consistent band

loveisamixtape
September 1st 2010



5903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna review this once I listen to it.

Digging: Keep - Hypnosis for Sleep

JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Erm, Slipknot had two absolute stinkers of records before putting out something that was worth a damn

That's very debatable.

BassDemon333
September 1st 2010



3350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

self-titled and Iowa are great

JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree.

LepreCon
September 1st 2010



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I loved them when they were new, but they just hold no interest for me now.

loveisamixtape
September 1st 2010



5903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

vol3 and ahig are the best things they've done.

specially Gehenna.

JWT155
September 1st 2010



9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I respectively disagree.

LepreCon
September 1st 2010



3588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Always liked this band

(And for 8 years too? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck I'm getting old)

PanasonicYouth
September 1st 2010



7411 Comments


both bands are fucking awful

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2010



30868 Comments


vol3 and ahig are the best things they've done.


This nigga be higher than Bowie

krig9412
September 1st 2010



792 Comments


Let’s face it; Corey Taylor has been gifted, undoubtedly, with one of the best voices in metal of this millennium.

^ No.

sexpoi
September 3rd 2010



599 Comments


more like corey taylor has been gifted with the most generic alternative rock voice in this millennium. come on, i mean seriously, he just has one of those raspy radio rock voices, and when he screams he's decent. but now, it's like what's the point? he went from decent radio metal to sub-par if not just bad radio rock.



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