Stone Sour
House of Gold and Bones - Part 1


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tunaboy45 USER (13 Reviews)
February 21st, 2014 | 44 replies | 1,109 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By progressing their sound, Stone Sour create an excellent album that leaves you excited for part two.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

After disappointing fans with 2010’s ‘Audio Secrecy’, and with no sign of Slipknot returning, Stone Sour knew they had to make something special and against all expectations, part one of the House Of Gold And Bones duality triumphs.

One of the reasons this album shines is Corey Taylor himself. His song writing and his ability to tell a story has improved greatly since ‘Audio Secrecy’ and this creates a sense of intrigue, leaving the listener to guess where the album will go next and how the story will progress. One thing that frustrated me with the recent Slipknot releases was the balladry and how forced it felt but here, the ballads fit right in. Songs like ‘Taciturn’ and ‘The Travellers Part One’ show just how much Corey has improved as a vocalist. While there are glimpses of ‘Audio Secrecy’, they are vastly improved and are much more interesting, rather than annoying. The growls are still here, on the more aggressive tracks such as ‘RU486’ and ‘Gone Sovereign/ Absolute Zero’ but they are less frequent, meaning that this band can distance themselves from the past and make an album that succeeds on its own merits. The gang vocals on the chorus for ‘RU486’ really create a sense of urgency and excitement.

Former Soulfly drummer Roy Mayorga is clearly experienced and his style perfectly fits this band. This is also the first album without their original bassist Shawn Economaki but ex Skid Row member Rachel Bolan more than competently fills his shoes, with his deep, rich tone standing out throughout the album. During the early stages of the album, it was described by the band as a cross between ‘Dirt’ by Alice In Chains and ‘The Wall’ by Pink Floyd and that is most certainly evident, with the Alice In Chains- esque riffs present on the song ‘Tired’ (Obviously minus the epic dual harmony of Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley). I would go as far as saying that both parts of ‘The Travellers’ have an almost psychedelic feel to them (More so part one than part two due to the fact that Corey’s vocals are much softer).

The first songs released were ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘Absolute Zero’, proving to be a wise move. They are aggressive and are definitely more akin to the band’s earlier days, rather than the more recent output. This had me instantly excited for the album, along with everyone else. The only real downside to this album is the fact that it does feel incomplete but that point is essentially obsolete considering this is only the first part. It’s always possible to fly too close to the sun when it comes to double concept albums, but Stone Sour manage to avoid that and produce an excellent album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tempest--
February 21st 2014



12490 Comments


lame album

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
February 21st 2014



11551 Comments


woa - dat avg

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2014



4636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Decent review but could use more description. Comes off as a bit ranty, especially towards the
beginning.

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EvoHavok
February 21st 2014



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This had better reviews, but it's ok. And the album is actually damn solid for its genre.

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Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it was much better than I thought it would be.

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ScuroFantasma
February 21st 2014



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is actually an amazing album, part 2 more so though, just slightly. Good review too

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Green Baron
February 21st 2014



17576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not the devil but I won't be yah hero

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Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, part 2 was a really satisfying conclusion.

Green Baron
February 21st 2014



17576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It ends how Part 1 begins

Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It does. Do me a favour is such a kick ass song.

Green Baron
February 21st 2014



17576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will burn alive in the HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES.

Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything comes full circle.
I CAN'T BELIEVE MY EYES!

ScuroFantasma
February 21st 2014



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do Me a Favour was the perfect single

Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you seen the video? It compliments the song perfectly and when I was reading the booklet for HOGAB 2, it turns out it ties in to that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwkGatmflbw

Froot
February 21st 2014



248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

>the House Of Gold And Bones duality triumphs

nyuk nyuk

pos

Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks :D Haha when I was writing it I was thinking 'I wonder if any commenters will pick up on the
fact I said duality'. Congratulations sir.


ScuroFantasma
February 21st 2014



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, I had to read the story, I love a good concept album and this was great. The video was cool too, the colours are very vibrant.

Tunaboy45
February 21st 2014



1708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It has a very Sin City feel to it, which I love.

Green Baron
February 21st 2014



17576 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You should see Corey build the House of Gold and Bones.

ScuroFantasma
February 21st 2014



1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you seen the movie? It takes the comic visuals and incorporates them.



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