released Sept 7th, 2010
from the album - Say You'll Haunt Me
Although Slipknot made their mainstream debut in the late '90s, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root got their start a few years prior in Stone Sour. Described as a cross between Metallica and Alice in Chains, the group spent several years playing the Iowa bar circuit before the two men joined Slipknot. Stone Sour re-formed in the early 2000s, though, and quickly distinguished themselves with a pair of gold-selling albums and three Grammy nominations.
The band's reunion began in early 2002, when Root and Taylor contacted original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Sean Economaki about recording a full-length Stone Sour album. The bandmates had released several demos during their initial time together, and some of those songs were re-recorded for Stone Sour's self-titled debut, which earned two Grammy nominations and was RIAA-certified gold. Drafting in drummer Joel Ekman, the band released a song for the Spider-Man soundtrack ("Bother," credited only to Taylor) while recording the album in Los Angeles. A tour followed, and Stone Sour took a short break while Taylor and Root returned their attention to Slipknot for the recording of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.
Several years later, the band returned to the studio to work on a second album. Come What(ever) May was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and released in August 2006, where it hit number four on the Billboard charts and spawned the successful single "Through Glass." Stone Sour hit the road that same year on the Family Values tour with high-profile headliners Deftones and Korn, and they released a digital concert album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Once the touring was over, Corey Taylor and Jim Root shifted their focus to Slipknot once again, this time for the creation of 2008's All Hope Is Gone. Stone Sour's hiatus was shorter this time around, though, as the band returned in 2010 with a new album, Audio Secrecy.
Stone Sour has always been an odd sort of experiment. Normally you’d expect the band of straight-ahead rockers to don wild costumes and thrash out behind a shroud of anonymity. Instead we find members of shock rock outfit Slipknot stripping away the makeup and bombast of their day job for something that seems subdued in comparison, creating a driving sound that manages to be more mature while avoiding the shambolic pitfalls of Kiss’ “unmasked” period. For their third album, Audio Secrecy, maturity feels like the name of the game. There’s still a fair amount of Stone Sour’s hard rock heaviness, but rather than delivering another collection of chugging riffs, the band has made an effort to add some depth to their sound. Tracks like “Threadbare” and “Say You’ll Haunt Me” are busier and more atmospheric than anything on the band's previous outings, demonstrating a more melodic and layered approach to songwriting. It’s as if the band is tossing aside the last vestiges of post-grunge angst to create an album that’s meant to do more than just get people worked up without sacrificing any quality in the songwriting department. Standing out on Audio Secrecy is “Nylon 6/6,” which brings together everything the band is trying to do in one place with vocalist Corey Taylor really getting to use his full vocal range as his singing shifts from guttural to soaring to stay in line with guitar work that feels reminiscent of the Deftones’ juxtaposition of heavier riffs with lighter vocals and vice versa. It’s always great to see a band that’s able to tweak its sound without watering it down, and that’s exactly what Stone Sour have accomplished here, showing that it’s possible for hard rock bands to make their sound bigger without necessarily making it blunter.
1 Audio Secrecy Stone Sour 1:43
2 Mission Statement Stone Sour 3:50
3 Digital (Did You Tell) Stone Sour 4:00
4 Say You'll Haunt Me Stone Sour 4:24
5 Dying Stone Sour 3:01
6 Let's Be Honest Stone Sour 3:44
7 Unfinished Stone Sour 3:10
8 Hesitate Blacke, Stone Sour 4:16
9 Nylon 6/6 Stone Sour 3:38
10 Miracles Stone Sour 4:07
11 Pieces Stone Sour 4:30
12 The Bitter End Stone Sour 3:33
13 Imperfect Stone Sour 4:22
14 Threadbare Stone Sour 5:44