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In 2012 Stone Sour, fronted by Corey Taylor of Slipknot released their 5th studio album titled House of Gold and Bones Part 1, as I had this reordered it came the very day of release and I immediately tore the package open and stuck the CD in my player. Of all the Stone Sour albums this has to be my favourite. I was gripped from the very first song 'Gone Sovereign' right to the very end and that's not one song that I dislike (Very rare for me).
The album, produced by Roadrunner Records features 11 songs and lasts for about 43 minutes. The songs are diverse and varied with a good mixture of softer moderate rock and more heavy, moshpit like sounds. There are some good hooks throughout the whole album and plenty which can get stuck in your head for hours on end.
Corey Taylor shows off his vast talent of vocals with some songs featuring softer sung parts, some with rock singing and others with screamed vocals so there is plenty for everyone in terms of vocal variety. It's clear that some of the vocals are intended for powerful performance in live shows and therefore you don't really get the full impact from a small pair of speakers. The lyrics are very cleverly written and are as powerful and inspirational as ever with a selection being 'I don't need a conscious; to tell me how I feel' from 'The Travellers Part 1' and 'I just wanna watch the whole world burn Lost a million times and I won't learn' from 'Tired'.
The cover of the CD is very eye-catching and the case is the cardboard, folded type which although looks good and is nicer than plastic CD cases, gets battered very easily and so I would have preferred it to be in a plastic CD case.
Overall although there are some Slipknot tendencies coming through with the vocals in some of the songs, this is a really good, solid album and really lives up to the Stone Sour standard of music.
Disc #1 Tracklisting 1 Gone Sovereign 2 Absolute Zero 3 A Rumor Of Skin 4 The Travelers (Pt. 1) 5 Tired 6 Ru486 7 My Name Is Allen 8 Taciturn 9 Influence Of A Drowsy God 10 The Travelers (Pt. 2) 11 Last Of The Real