In October, Stone Sour released The House of Gold & Bones – Part I to critical acclaim and recently scored a #1 Active Rock hit in November with “Absolute Zero.” The band is currently preparing for the April release of part II of the double album and also announced a co-headlining tour with Papa Roach beginning on January 20th in Bethlehem, PA.
Prior to the new record’s release, lead singer Corey Taylor had described the concept album as “Pink Floyd’s The Wall meets Alice in Chains’ Dirt.” Obviously comparing the record to two of the most legendary albums in rock music history was quite a bold statement, but if anyone has the credentials to make such a claim it’s Corey Taylor. Between Stone Sour and Slipknot, the frontman has written numerous smash hits, sold out arenas across the globe, and has been widely recognized as one of the most prolific lead singers in music; not to mention he also wrote the 2011 best selling book, Seven Deadly Sins – Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good.
And to Taylor’s credit, the overall consensus regarding The House of Gold & Bones – Part I has been substantially positive thus far. Rick Florino of Artistdrirect proclaimed the album a “milestone for Stone Sour and for modern rock music” while here at Alternative Addiction, the record was dubbed “a tremendous effort by Corey Taylor and co.” and “Absolute Zero” and “Taciturn” were highlighted as standout tracks.
“I think it’s the best work that we’ve done,” said guitarist, Josh Rand, when talking with Alternative Addiction about the new album. “And I say that and laugh at the same time because every artist always says that. But I truly do believe it’s our best record…it has the best of what our previous three albums had to offer – it has the rawness and heaviness of the first record, the diversity of Come What(ever) May, and the melodies of Audio Secrecy. And it’s all been combined into one album.”
The House of Gold & Bones marks the first concept album for Stone Sour; and along with the record, the group will also be releasing a comic book series of the same name to coincide with the story of the double album. Though concept records have a tendency to present challenges for bands, Rand commented that aside from Taylor, everyone else in the group approached the writing process just as they have for previous Stone Sour albums.
“We still approached it like we would with any other Stone Sour record…as far as the writing process goes, it was probably only more strenuous for Corey – just to tie everything in lyrically and build off of the short story he had written. But for the rest of us, honestly it was just like we were doing another record.”
Stone Sour will be on the road for the majority of 2013 and have no plans to take any legitimate time off until August. After their U.S. tour with Papa Roach concludes on February 17th, the band will then head overseas to play shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe over the following months.
“For the most part, I feel that all of our fans are the same regardless of where they are in the world. And people will want to know what fans are better than others, but I don’t see it that way. For example, the stuff that fans can get away with in Europe or South America would never swing in the United States; you’d be thrown out of the event. I look at it in terms of rules and regulations, and not that one audience is better than another…it’s just amazing to see how different cultures are but at the same time, we put on the show and people come regardless of where we’re at it. It’s just real cool to see the unity of hard rock and metal fans.”
At the moment, The House of Gold & Bones – Part II is set to drop in early April while the band’s comic book series will be made available in the same month. The first single off of Part II, “Do Me a Favor,” will hit radio airwaves in late January; Corey Taylor has described the track as “another barnstormer” and “quite aggressive.”