Stone Sour
House of Gold and Bones - Part 2


2.5
average

Review

by ron19 USER (2 Reviews)
April 5th, 2013 | 22 replies | 2,644 views


Release Date: 04/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stone Sour dissapoint on HOGAB 2

4 of 16 thought this review was well written

In my personal experience the second disc of a double album is usually far less interesting than the first disc. Several examples come tomind - disc 2 of RHCP's Stadium Arcadium, SOAD's Hypnotize and in 2013 HOGAB 2 continues this trend.

This is rather disappointing considering how solid part 1 was. Whilst part 1 wasn't anything groundbreaking, the songwriting was tight and there were several standout tracks such as Gone Sovereign, Absolute Zero (which I love playing along with on my guitar) and my fav RU486. The lack of quality in part 2 may be due to SS trying to write too many songs in too short a period of time.

The band members are all competent musicians and their strengths do come through on part 2 and it is amazing to see how much SS has grown musically since their self titled debut on Roadrunner. In particular Josh and Jim's lead guitar work is much more technical, tasteful and mature compared to their earlier days. Bolan's bass playing also add some further punch to Stone Sour's already solid rhythm section.

Songs on pt 2 are largely a hit or miss affair... And the songs more often miss. A good example of this being the album opener Red Citywhich is such a bore and may fit in perfectly on the lackluster Audio Secrecy. In fact it was a chore to listen to this album til the end. The heavier parts sound uninspired and forced compared to the intensity of RU486 and The Last of The Real on disc 1.

Many songs also feel disjointed with either a dull verse followed by a decent chorus or vice versa. A good example of this is Sadist which uses a rather awkward vocal melody to tie a boring verse to a respectable power chord driven chorus. There are also instances where sections of songs from part 1 are recycled as in the title track. There are still a few decent tracks such as Do Me A Favor, '82 and Conflagration.

Whilst it is evident that Corey and co put much effort into HOGAB it was pretty difficult to listen to part 2 in full and for many there will be the temptation to skip most of the tracks before the first minute of the song has elapsed.


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NeoSpaz
April 5th 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so it's dull

Sapient.
April 5th 2013



1109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I respect your opinion, but in my eyes there is no way that part 1 is better than this. also, I love
Red City as an opener

also, in the title track, those "recycled" parts like you mentioned are meant to be there, it's a
reprise to connect the album's story together

EvoHavok
April 5th 2013



1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm, Red City and Sadist are among my favs on here. The review itself is not bad, although the writing is a far cry from the others, so no neg from me.

ron19
April 5th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I felt the need to write this review due to the lack of
objectivity in the others... I notice that no one
disagreed with me stating that some tracks felt
disjointed... Something which is not mentioned in the
other reviews.

CaptainHadouken
April 5th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the lack of objectivity is due to the fact that far more people consider this a good effort than an average or below average one. You are untitled to your opinion though. You may want to re-read your review, there are a good few grammar errors.

ChopSuey
April 5th 2013



2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

now THIS sounds more realistic

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2013



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

... I notice that no one
disagreed with me stating that some tracks felt
disjointed...



The tracks are far from disjointed, may have something to do with the fact it hadn't been mentioned before

ron19
April 7th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

...

Toondude10
April 7th 2013



3652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

uhhh, why were you typing this on the phone?

Digging: Breaking Benjamin - Phobia

BaseballJames
April 8th 2013



371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"A couple of spaces were missed due to typing this review on my phone"

neg'd

ron19
April 8th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dont live in the stone age of desktop computing... That's why I typed it on my phone

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2013



6988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A couple of spaces were missed due to typing this review on my phone... And speaking of grammarerrors hadoken I think u mean entitled, not untitled... Correct the grammar in your own post before correcting others


Ummmm...


VanSchuldiner
April 8th 2013



659 Comments


Pos'd gotta check this

Toondude10
April 8th 2013



3652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"I don't live in the stone age of desktop computing... That's why I used a phone"

Well, next time use an actual computer and keyboard, because from what I can tell from this (no offense) using a phone doesn't really work, considering the fact that you had a large amount of errors on this. That is, unless you don't have a computer...

ron19
April 9th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

...

ron19
April 9th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Tried giving this a second listen but felt the same way I did the first time... Some cool parts here and there like the heavy
pre chorus in peckinpah... But then the momentum is lost due a boring chorus...

ron19
April 9th 2013



19 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Also wanted to add that there aren't a lot of riffs

FlakMT
April 9th 2013



132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Toondude10
April 9th 2013



3652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@ron I do own a VHS player and a Super Nintendo but are no longer working (they stopped working like five years ago) and I own a Windows 7 (one that actually works might I add), and a Windows XP.

and yes, I'm happy that you used a laptop this time :P

NeoSpaz
April 9th 2013



4518 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Computers > phones. You can actually type coherently and clearly. I can understand doing it on an iPad or tablet, because it's easy for them to be checked for spelling and errors, but computers and laptops are still needed, as they are important.



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