Stone Sour: A Retrospective of Their First Five Albums
Stone Sour is an American rock band that was formed in 1992 by Corey Taylor, who later became the vocalist of Slipknot, and former drummer Joel Ekman. The band went on hiatus in 1997 and reunited in 2000 with a new lineup that included guitarist Jim Root, also from Slipknot. Since then, the band has released six studio albums, two of which were concept albums based on a comic book series. In this article, we will take a look back at their first five albums, which spanned from 2002 to 2013 and showcased their diverse musical influences and styles.
Stone Sour (2002)
The band's self-titled debut album was released in August 2002 and featured songs that were written during their early years as well as some new material. The album received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised the band's ability to balance heavy metal riffs with melodic hooks and Taylor's versatile vocals. The album also spawned three singles: \"Get Inside\", \"Inhale\", and \"Bother\", the latter of which was featured on the Spider-Man soundtrack and earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. The album peaked at number 46 on the Billboard 200 and sold over one million copies worldwide.
Come What (ever) May (2006)
After a four-year gap, Stone Sour returned with their second album, Come What (ever) May, in July 2006. The album marked a departure from their debut, as it incorporated more elements of hard rock, alternative metal, and post-grunge. The album also featured guest appearances from musicians such as Dave Grohl, Zakk Wylde, and M. Shadows. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who felt that it lacked originality and cohesion, but it was well received by fans, who appreciated the band's experimentation and energy. The album spawned four singles: \"30/30-150\", \"Through Glass\", \"Sillyworld\", and \"Zzyzx Rd.\". The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and sold over two million copies worldwide.
Audio Secrecy (2010)
The band's third album, Audio Secrecy, was released in September 2010 and was produced by Nick Raskulinecz, who had previously worked with bands such as Foo Fighters, Rush, and Alice in Chains. The album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and featured a more diverse and polished sound than their previous albums. The album also showcased the band's softer side, as it included several ballads and acoustic songs. The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the band's musicianship but criticized the lack of consistency and direction. The album spawned five singles: \"Mission Statement\", \"Say You'll Haunt Me\", \"Hesitate\", \"Digital (Did You Tell)\", and \"Imperfect\". The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and sold over one million copies worldwide.
House of Gold & Bones â Part 1 (2012)
The band's fourth album, House of Gold & Bones â Part 1, was released in October 2012 and was the first part of a two-part concept album based on a comic book series of the same name written by Taylor. The album followed the story of a man who finds himself in a strange world where he has to make choices that will affect his fate. The album was influenced by genres such as progressive rock, heavy metal, and hard rock. The album received positive reviews from critics, who praised the band's ambition and creativity. The album spawned three singles: \"Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero\", \"Do Me a Favor\", and \"Tired\". The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and sold over half a million copies worldwide.
House of Gold & Bones â Part 2 (2013)
The band's fifth album, House of Gold & Bones â Part 2, was released in April 2013 and was the second part of the concept album. The album continued the story of the protagonist from the first part, as he faced 061ffe29dd