Stone Sour
Stone Sour



by Brain Dead USER (30 Reviews)
August 15th, 2006 | 14 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Corey Taylor is generally known as one of the biggest egos out there. Hell, anyone who is the lead singer of a band such as Slipknot is going to receive a lot of attention. His lyrics were known to be filled with violence and vaguely targeted hatred; the typical teenage angst multiplied by ten. These lyrics were always delivered in his trademark scream. Slipknot attracted millions of young listeners from around the globe, and earned the national spotlight. After two albums, Taylor felt the need to branch out and innovate. He set up the side project Stone Sour with the rhythm guitarist from Slipknot. He decided to use wider influences in this new band's musical palette, and also tone down his trademark scream. Stone Sour is a broader, quieter, and ultimately less commercial version of Slipknot. That doesn't mean that they sound entirely different. You can hear the 'Knot influence in nearly every song, from Jim's riffs to Corey's lyrics. Although this album is slightly more innovative and enjoyable than Slipknot's albums, it still suffers from many of the same shortcomings.

The way this album begins, you would be inclined to think this is Slipknot with a different name. Get Inside is essentially rap metal, with Corey's traditionally lame rapping. There is more than enough screaming, the only singing is in a section of the chorus. The riffs are heavy, and double bass appears throughout the song. Basically, it's an average metal song. After hearing this track, I just about turned off the album. I liked Slipknot okay, but I wanted to hear a different kind of music. Luckily, I kept listening, and Orchid's grungy influences kept me hooked for the rest of the album.

This album also revealed the best kept secret in the music world: Corey's singing ability. This guy can straight up fucking sing. Perfectly in tune, with the right volume and an excellent timbre. Never does it get annoying, like many other nu-metal vocalists (Jon Davis). While this secret would be revealed two years later on Vol. 3, I think that this album is his finest moment. Unfortunately, he doesn't utilize that singing voice as much as he should. He often screams in his average screamer's voice, and unfortunately raps occasionally. At least three of the twelve real songs on this album could be classified as rap metal, which is probably the worst genre fusion ever to be created.

The instrumentation on this album isn't spectacular, but it is at least adequate. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Jim's playing ability, he is actually a quite good guitar player. Unfortunately, he was too often overshadowed by Mick Thompson in Slipknot. His riffs aren't always technically excellent, but his solos sound surprisingly good. The drummer Joel uses double bass occasionally, and also offers sparse fills. His beats, however, are rather simple and generic. He isn't particularly outstanding, but he isn't meant to be the centerpiece. Remember how the bass might as well not have existed in Slipknot? Well, you can actually hear it here! Not as much as you should, but at least it's audible. The bassist Shawn delivers a few nice intros, such as the one to Blotter. Unfortunately, he often reverts to generic repeated power chords. You can hear examples of this in many songs, but Orchid in particular stands out. In that song, a good bassline would've been greatly appreciated, but instead it is simple repeated power chords.

These guys work together rather well on this album, at least in spots. Stone Sour has a rather wide range of influences, ranging from a grungy-esque sound to almost grindy hardcore a la Slipknot. You can also hear the influences from System of a Down, especially in the song Tumult. To me, that opening riff sounds exactly like something that Daron would churn out, and that's a very good thing. Monolith has the fuzzy riffs and the wailing singing, sounding a lot like Alice in Chains. And the brutal album opener Get Inside, as stated before, might as well be Slipknot. Hell, you can even hear some indie influences in the acoustic masterpiece Bother. Clearly, Stone Sour can be diverse and enjoyable when they try to. Unfortunately, they often lose the creative touch and revert to generic metal tunes.

And now for some less than great aspects of this album. Although Corey's vocals have changed, his lyrics, unfortunately, have not. He still reverts to generalized and pointless social commentary and violent raging. He doesn't really ever try to make a thoughtful metaphor to give color to his lyrics, or branch out into a new topic. And then there's the pointless ending track Omega. This is a pointless rant by Corey on... a variety of things. I'm not really sure why it exists, and seems to be an attempt to feed his ego. I don't think Corey has ever had much creativity in the vocal department, and this album showcases that fact.

Stone Sour only clicks about half the time on this album. The other half of the time, they make bland and boring songs with no meaning. Blotter, Choose, Inhale, Idle Hands... the list goes on and on. Occasionally, they do click on all cylinders though. My personal favorite is Bother. Bother is the hit single off of this album, and received an extended amount of radio play. It is an acoustic song, but nonetheless the best song on the album. That is somewhat surprising, due to the fact that the acoustic songs on Vol. 3 sucked. The acoustic chords sound eerie and haunting. They're nothing at all like those pop songs on the radio. Corey's lyrics are good here, and give the listener a depressed and hopeless feeling. Corey's voice gets double and triple backed on occasion, giving force to his statements and feelings. I admire Stone Sour's innovative efforts, and I really enjoy this song.

Overall, this is a diverse and fun album. Perhaps not an altogether solid one, but there are several enjoyable songs. It isn't very heavy, so it should appeal to all listeners. Thankfully, nu-metal doesn't poke up it's head very much in this album, making it straightforward melodic metal. If you don't pick up the whole album, there are a handful of songs that you need to own.

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Brain Dead
August 15th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Well, this review puts me at the quarter century mark. It's been great, and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more. I wanted to do something special for this one, but couldn't find anything that I could do justice. So I did this. Oh well, I hope you guys enjoy it.

La Revolucion
August 15th 2006


Excellent review. I've heard a Stone Sour song somewhere, and I remember thinking it was mediocre.

August 15th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Congratulations. I was planning on reviewing this but I guess I'll wait a long while now. This album is far superior to Come What(ever) May, in which the music is as stupid as the title. This album had a metal yet mellow, laid back feel with plenty of melody that made it very heavy yet very listenable.

August 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

i like the singles, though i need to hear the rest, is it as good as the album i reviewed

my rating is based on the singlesThis Message Edited On 08.15.06

August 15th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

k i will

Edit; doneThis Message Edited On 08.15.06

August 16th 2006


Thank you for pwning that other horrible review, appreciated.

This album is kinda cool.

Brain Dead
August 19th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the comments everyone.

This album kind of loses strength after repeated listens. I may drop the rating to a 2.5, it really isn't that great of an album.

August 27th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

is it better than their other? i love the other one and have heard and liked the singles off of this one.

Brain Dead
August 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I hear it's a lot better, but I haven't heard the other one yet.

micky g
September 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

stone sour were around long before slipknot. corey and jim joined slipknot, after slipknot made their first album(as far as i know).

stone sour's first album to me has more of an early grunge feel, but with a more aggressive edge.

id dobht corey, jim, josh, sean or joel would have seen themselves as a "side project" when makin this album.

iv had it since it first came out, and still enjoy it. the follow up album to me was equally as impressive.

October 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

i just got this album, and i must say it is good, but the other release is better than this. at least for me it is.

June 30th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Come What(ever) May was less heavy than this but it wins due to the actual variety. Every song here sounded quite similar except for Bother and Omega, which Corey clearly recorded in his spare time and put on this album. Good review, but the acoustic songs on Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses were great, with the exception of Danger- Keep Away which was only decent. Those songs actually had ambience and sadness in them, rather than the far more radio-oriented acoustica to be found here.

July 6th 2007


Wasn't Stone Sour set up in 92 before he even joined Shitknot?

July 6th 2007



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