Stone Sour - House Of Gold & Bones - Part 1
Released October 22, 2012 via Roadrunner | Rating: 5/5 | By Tim Grayson
Green Day and Coheed And Cambria aren't the only ones releasing multiple albums over a short span of time, with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root's other band's 'House Of Gold & Bones' parts 1 and 2 released in October and May respectively. The albums follow the story of a young man who is faced with the choice of staying an adolescent or becoming an adult. Whether this is autobiographical, or to what extent, is up for debate but what is for sure is that this is the sound of Stone Sour reinvigorated and with a heavier and darker sound than ever before, even touching on the jagged ferocity of early Slipknot in places. However, it maintains the personality and swagger of Stone Sour and certainly touches on influences such as Alice In Chains, especially on the crunching neo-grunge of lead single 'Absolute Zero' that manages the neat trick of marrying an infectious chorus with tech metal and breakdowns. 'Gold Sovereign', on the other hand, is a galloping metal cut in the vein of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden, with Taylor doing his best Dicko over the top. Perhaps what's most immediate upon listening to 'House Of Gold & Bones' is the sheer step up that Stone Sour have made as musicians. The likes of 'RU 486' and 'Tired' simply would not have been possible if they'd been attempted by the band in their 2006 'Come What(ever) May' period. Simply astounding.