Stone Sour
House of Gold and Bones - Part 1


3.5
great

Review

by truekebabpower USER (12 Reviews)
October 24th, 2012 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There is really nothing particularly astonishing about the album; what’s most surprising is that Stone Sour finally manage to put out a well-rounded and altogether great record.

If you have ever seen Stone Sour live or listened to one of their interviews you might have noticed they’re a pretty determined bunch. Their beast of a frontman Corey Taylor seems particularly unstoppable, going from headlining stadiums, to playing small acoustic shows and bitching about politics and Scott Weiland. Hell, the guy even had a lecture at the Oxford University. But the determination was nowhere to be seen on their records; inconsistency plagued both Slipknot’s and even more so Stone Sour’s releases. Even when the songs were solid, they just did not gel together. The songs themselves were muddled and unfocused; an emotional chorus was followed by some generic riffing and double bass action and even though we know better sounded like leftovers from a Slipknot album. When the band tried to broaden their sound and distance themselves from Slipknot by going a bit soft on us with Audio Secrecy, they only managed to put out a cheesy and even blander record.

On House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1 Stone Sour attempt to shed the inconsistency by making a concept album. It’s not an attempt at a prog masterpiece akin to Operation Mindcrime or Scenes From a Memory; there is no spoken word and waterfalls in the background and no prolongated solos or flamboyant instrumentation. There is really nothing particularly astonishing about the album; what’s most surprising is that Stone Sour finally manage to put out a well-rounded and altogether great record. The songs are straightforward, but deadly effective. An otherwise simple, but none less ambitious concept, provides a common theme, every piece falling into place, and each song has a clear place on the record. The more hard-hitting songs never transcend into pointless anger-filled juvenile tantrums and the band sound just as strong-minded on the ballads never reaching the radio-rock patheticness of previous singles such Through Glass or Hesitate that would detract from the overall experience. Instrumental-wise the band functions like a well-oiled machine, the guitar tone is notably meatier and as a result the riffs are much more memorable, as are the carefully placed guitar solos.

Stone Sour are probably not winning any accolades for this release nor will it stand well beside our favorite concept albums, but House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1 sees the band rejuvenated and finally presents the band as they should be looked upon: strong and determined.



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    Jay Goodall (2.5)
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  • Dongen (4)
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    Jeremy Bentham (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
truekebabpower
October 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

R.I.P

100% approval rating (12.03.2012 - 24.10.2012)

ChopSuey
October 24th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

truekebabpower
October 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

allrighty then!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2012


8019 Comments


looks like anyone can get featured these days

iambandersnatch
October 24th 2012


1494 Comments


Heard the first single from this and thought it was pretty bad. But maybe the other songs are good

truekebabpower
October 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I must say I did not see this coming, reverse psychology in the works I guess

MO
October 24th 2012


18999 Comments


lol curse

truekebabpower
October 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

iambandersnatch- I thought Gone Sovereign has more of a kick to it being the opener, but it's not much different, I doubt you'll like the other songs, there's no real surprises or stand-outs, the album works best as a whole

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2012


10362 Comments


Nice review, but that summary's a run-on!

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2012


3493 Comments


Woo woo feature

truekebabpower
October 24th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OmahaStylee94 - thanks for the heads-up

marksellsuswallets
October 24th 2012


4848 Comments


Just sounds like the last couple Slipknot records to me

AnthonyFartano
October 24th 2012


233 Comments


When people whisper it makes her nervous


Tyrael
October 24th 2012


20946 Comments


Oh god I need this

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JAXETA
October 24th 2012


787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

terrific album

TheSupernatural
October 24th 2012


1271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone's gotta say it. The review is mediocre at best. Most of us know about Slipknot and Corey Taylor, no need to waste nearly half of the review on them. The other half is generic filler about their new album, with a little flaming of their older stuff.

Neg'd

NeoSpaz
October 24th 2012


4519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

cool.

JAXETA
October 24th 2012


787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

98%

sorry bro, it wasn't me

OR WAS IT

no

thekingofqueen
October 24th 2012


16 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There was definitely something missing in the latest Stone Sour album. I did not like it. BOOBS

JAXETA
October 24th 2012


787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

better than the last i can tell you that much

and burgers



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