12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2012, Stone Sour raised their game with House of Gold and Bones, a dense concept album concerning a hero at a dark crossroads. The protagonist created by vocalist/songwriter Corey Taylor finds his cathartic conclusion in this charged effort, which is sonically and thematically more complex than its predecessor. During the most spacious moments it recalls Pink Floyd’s The Wall (particularly in “The Conflagration” and “Blue Smoke”), but when it breaks out with a majestic hook and buzz of guitars on “Black John” or “Gravesend,” the band demonstrates why they’re one of the most original outfits in contemporary hard rock.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2012, Stone Sour raised their game with House of Gold and Bones, a dense concept album concerning a hero at a dark crossroads. The protagonist created by vocalist/songwriter Corey Taylor finds his cathartic conclusion in this charged effort, which is sonically and thematically more complex than its predecessor. During the most spacious moments it recalls Pink Floyd’s The Wall (particularly in “The Conflagration” and “Blue Smoke”), but when it breaks out with a majestic hook and buzz of guitars on “Black John” or “Gravesend,” the band demonstrates why they’re one of the most original outfits in contemporary hard rock.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
586 Ratings

586 Ratings

Seth Frazer ,

Either A Masterpiece Of A Beautiful Disasterpiece

Ummmm...wow. What an amazing album. I honestly love this record more than part one. Part one was a masterpiece. I love every track on that cd. But, my reaction to part 2 differed from part 1. How? Well, part one had some tracks like "RU486", "My Name Is Allen", & "The Travelers, Pt. 2" that I wasn't as crazy about. It's not that I disliked those songs. I just didn't get into them as much as everything else at first. When I first heard part 2, unlike part 1, I loved EVERY track to my fullest level of interest right there from the start!! It's unbelievable how much part 2 is so much better than part 1....which I didn't think would be possible. Stone Sour is just one of the FEW bands today that really knows how to evolve & recreate their overall sound in a good way that doesn't make them come off like pathetic sellouts or annoying, narrow-minded posers that, basically, do the same thing over & over....like most "artists" do today. Plus, I think the material on this record is so much more eclectic & has so much more variety than part 1. So....the way I see it...."House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1" is an absolute masterpiece. "House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2" is a beautiful disasterpiece!!! :)

Deemon3111 ,

Can't wait

Anyone that does not like part one must not have listened to it from start to finish without skipping around, because that flows better than I've ever heard a whole album flow before. If part 2 is what I think it will only add to the story.

MudT0wN ,

Part 1 was better, but alas...

One of their more complex albums, House of Gold and Bones part 1 was definitely the best album by Stone Sour. Part 2 is, of course, is the second, I believe. Part 2 lacks some of the power part 1 did. There were things to like about both albums of course. I believe that part one definitely had better singles, as "Do Me A Favor" pales in comparison to "Absolute Zero". In a matter of fact, there are lots of songs that do better than part 2's single. Nothing on this album, in my opinion, surpasses "Absolute Zero", "A Rumor of Skin", "RU486", or "Last of the Real". My personal favorite on this one is probably "Stalemate", although the album has other great songs as well. It also has some advantages part 1 just couldn't. The reprises of songs from part one are twists I never saw coming, but I LOVED them. It was a great effect, as well as the many transitions (and who doesn't love a transition?). The melodies, the screams, the riffing, drumming, everything was just so good. Part one just happened to outdo it quite a bit. That's all. Some other twists were on songs like "Red City", which seems like a rather calm song until the bridge where Corey's screams sound like something that would have come out of Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" album. I feel like mentioning that the lyrics were great is kind of an obvious point, as Corey is probably the most poetic musician out there. Every song sounds good here as well, each having a unique sound. I believe every song here gets four or five stars, so give the album a listen. It's definitely not as good as part one, but is still a very solid follow up, and is definitely one of the best albums coming out this year.

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