Stone Sour
Hydrograd


3.5
great

Review

by nickg42084 USER (5 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2017 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hydrograd will surely piss off some fans, but if given a chance it is a well done and enjoyable hard rock album. It is a balance of the mainstream sound found on Audio Secrecy and aggression from their earlier albums.

I wasn't sure what to think when I heard the announcement for Hydrograd. Part of me thought it was a joke album when I read the song title list. Song titles like Taipei Person/ Allah Tea and Whiplash Pants are a bit silly. I was also concerned that Jim Root is gone and his song writing would not be in this album at all. However after listening to this I come to find out that I can't really tell he's gone. The replacement guitarist is evidently just as good or Josh Rand picked up the slack. Hydrograd is a longer than average album. Instead of the standard 11 tracks you get 14 proper songs not including the first track which is merely an extended intro. The production is top notch, and almost overproduced. At times it can be difficult to hear the bass. The guitars are top notch for this genre. There are tons of guitar solos and breakdowns spread throughout the album and they are a real pleasure to hear. Sometimes there are multiple solos in a song. The drums are solid, nothing fancy but definitely get the job done. Stone Sour is clearly a group of very talented musicians. When you consider the genre I can't think of any mainstream acts at their level. It's apparent that with this album they are trying to be the cream of the crop when it comes to this type of music. The question is do they succeed" For the most part yes.

The first thing you will notice when you listen to Hydrograd is it seems Stone Sour is trying to tone down on the aggression and angst of some of their earlier works. It's clear they are having a good time and enjoying what they are doing. That being said this album isn't perfect. The main issue with this album are the singles. They aren't bad songs, but they really don't represent the album all that well. Song #3 is the attempt at another "Thru Glass" or "Say You'll Haunt me". While it is a decent radio friendly track I don't think it stands out in any way nor is it as good as the previously mentioned songs. The other single they are advertising is "Fabuless" which is probably the worst song on the album. The chorus of Corey Taylor yelling "It's all down hill from here!!" repeatedly is just not very good. I don't see this song becoming one of their classics and it's one that most people will probably skip.

The singles seem to be all jammed together at the beginning, and it's definitely the weaker part of the album. Don't get me wrong these are still pretty good songs, and admittedly better than anything you will hear from other mainstream acts. The album starts to get really good when "The Witness Trees" comes on to bring in the middle section. Corey Taylor hits some surprising notes in this song and it's very well done. The lyrics are also well written. Lines like "I want you to destroy me one more time so when I die I know you really loved me" feel genuine and show some vulnerability. This song is clearly one of the highlights of the album and sure to be a favorite. It's also a great transition to the superior latter part of the album.

St. Marie is the only true ballad on the album, and it left me scratching my head a little bit. It's clear they were going for something they hadn't done before and that deserves some kudos. However Corey's voice sounds hoarse and kinda grating throughout the song. The guitars have almost a country sound to them and it seems there is a female vocalist during the chorus singing in sync with Corey. Overall this was a valiant effort but fails to invoke any emotions like say "Bother" does.

The last 5 songs on the album may be some of the best. This part starts showing that Stone Sour can still make some heavy songs. "Whiplash Pants" is sure to please longtime fans with it's aggressive sound. The listener might even get a Slipknot vibe from it. They will get that same vibe from "Someone Stole My Eyes" which has fast paced drumming which is reminiscent of punk rock. The closing song "When the Fever Broke" is an interesting one. It has a nice atmospheric air to it and some spacey sounds. Overall it's a solid closer and another highlight.

After listening to this a few times I have realized I enjoy it more each time. This album is definitely a grower and it won't make fans happy that were hoping for a return to the self titled album days. For everyone else however this is worth listening to. The musicianship is top notch, the vocals are strong and carry weight, and the lyrics are better written than earlier efforts. Few people will say this is their best album, but it's definitely a solid addition.

Recommended Tracks:
Taipei Person Allah Tea
Knieval has Landed
The Witness Trees
Thank God It's Over
Whiplash Pants
Someone Stole My Eyes


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nickg42084
July 2nd 2017


90 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sure there are some errors I need to fix I found a couple after reading through, but I wanted to get this out there.

Kalopsia
July 2nd 2017


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I WOKE UP TODAY WITH A GUUUN



these guys are so tough. like omg so tough.

cosmopazz
July 2nd 2017


410 Comments


ALLAH TEA

Trailmix
July 2nd 2017


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

From what I've heard so far, this album is gonna be a snooze-fest.

Thalassic
July 2nd 2017


2604 Comments


It's like Nickelback...only even worse

William21
July 2nd 2017


420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's fairly good, but it's still probably their weakest release ever

Toondude10
July 2nd 2017


13864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

review is decent, just be careful when using the first person. It can make your points weaker the more you use it.



Realistically this is a 3.5, but for some reason I enjoyed it more than I should have.

Digging: Thank You Scientist - Terraformer

BigPleb
July 2nd 2017


58407 Comments


Is it slow and boring or riffy?

rodrigo90
July 2nd 2017


5314 Comments


In ultimate guitar they are burying the album to the neck

Green Baron
July 2nd 2017


24586 Comments


8. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)

Ebola
July 2nd 2017


3590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was surprisingly enjoyable.

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iambandersnatch
July 3rd 2017


1816 Comments


"It's like Nickelback...only even worse"

Yeah can't disagree. I find everything corey taylor-related so hateable, maybe I am prejudiced somehow. Stuff like nickelback is terrible but I don't find it super offensive whereas I hear a corey taylor song and i want to actively hate it

wwf
July 3rd 2017


6316 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I honestly didn't like most of this album except the last five or so songs





I think I actually did like more of the new Nickelback but I had lower expectations for that one

ianblxdsoe
July 3rd 2017


1916 Comments


decent review, especially for the first one posted in like 4 years. not sure if i wanna check this though doesn't seem too up my alley. pos

Trailmix
July 3rd 2017


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright it took a while, but this album grew on me. Definitely better than Audio Secrecy.

misho87
July 3rd 2017


106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this is definitely better than Audio Secrecy..



Fact is that the album is really just too damn long, some filler songs like Rose Red Violent Blue, Thank God It's Over (even though I like the guitar solo), the second half of the album is easily stronger and I don't mind songs like St. Marie.. but overall there's no song on the album that I would really dislike + it has some great choruses, some nice guitar solos and melodies + it has some of the best Taylor's screams since IOWA



Album isn't as good as previous double album, but it's still solid

Kalopsia
July 3rd 2017


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank God It's Over



can't wait to say this about Corey Taylor's music career

rodrigo90
July 3rd 2017


5314 Comments


Not a slipknot fan but I enjoy stone sour a lot.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2017


11705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cautiously jamming, hope this is HOGAB quality but I'm not confident it will be

Digging: Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2017


11705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, I'm a little disappointed tbh. Nowhere near as good as the two previous ones. It's not bad of course, and this is still my first listen so these are just initial feelings, but yeah I was expecting a lot more.



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