House of Gold & Bones, Part 2
Label: Roadrunner Records
House of Gold & Bones Part 2 is the second installation in Stone Sour's double concept album (which also spawned a comic book series). Though both parts were recorded simultaneously, this one is significantly more adventurous and realized. Pushing their bruising hard rock into the realm of Muse-flavored art rock, Stone Sour really go for it in terms of grand sonic gestures. While singer Corey Taylor broods about existence and its many discontents, a deluge of riffs, effects and breakdowns swirl around him. Not surprisingly, a lot of the tunes are plodding, gloomy and most of all dense.