Stone Sour - Reviewed
Never before has Stone Sour been so far removed from the “other” band than on this album.
Produced by Nick Raskulinecz
If you’re expecting Corey Taylor to be channeling his Slipknot alter ego here, then you have a huge surprise coming at you.
Compared to the self-titled debut and the sophomore release ’Come What (ever) May’, this album reaches further into an untapped, yet clearly obvious, direction for this underrated band. Taylor’s vocals have impressed me more and more with each release (Slipknot included) and this album actually made me realize just what an incredibly talented vocalist this man is. The melodies, harmonies and gruffness are all elements that leave the listener amazed from start to finish. Lyrically, we’re used to hearing a far more aggressive approach and the emotions that come with that aspect of the human psyche, but Audio Secrecy’s softer, more intimate touch leaves a little mark on our hearts as we are taken on a voyage of heartbreak (Taylor’s divorce from his first wife) to love (marriage to his second wife) and optimism.
But of course, Taylor isn’t the whole band. James Root and Josh Rand’s guitars pummel where they need to (in songs such as Mission Statement and Digital) and set a scene in others (like Miracles and Imperfect). Not only has Ray Mayorga’s intense and technical drumming style elevated Stone Sour’s charisma since he came onboard on the last album, but his contributions to song writing have also been an asset - such as the awesome Nylon 6/6. Bassist Shawn Econamaki is an interesting character. His live performances don’t exactly see him rocking out, but he rather prefers to stand there and just keep the whole band locked and in the groove.
My only criticism is that the balance between light and dark - or guttural; and soaring, if you will - leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum. If they had maybe swapped out one of the more chilled songs for Hate Not Gone (which appears on the bonus edition) then maybe it would have had a more rounded sense about it. But, as for the album’s overall feeling, it really is an incredible joy to listen to and I had it playing in my car on repeat for at least three weeks. Check it out!!!
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