There is a lot of experimentation in this record...
is easily my favourite Stone Sour
album to date. The use of heavy metal songs, contrasted with softer and passionate ballads, makes this one of the best releases of 2010. The vocals by Corey Taylor
are mixed between pop-sounded tones, heavier tones, and also screams (like the ones in Slipknot) which add experimentation to this record, something that Stone Sour
have always covered. The guitar solos perfectly compliment the rhythmic guitar in both ballads and heavier songs, using clean and distorted sounds. The simple acoustic songs bring a more emotional side to the record, while the classic heavy metal songs bring a more realistic and over-drived experience to the listener. The drums by Roy Mayorga fit in well with the other instruments, and are brought to life to be noticed in all of the songs in which they are used. A piano is even used in the intro track, “Audio Secrecy
”, which creates an atmosphere for the record.
The lyrics are more story-telling than personal, but more introverted songs are also featured on this record. There is the original 'Stone Sour
vibe' on this record (noticeable on all Stone Sour
's releases) which is brought out greatly by the lyrics and instruments. You can easily remember each of these songs individually within a few listens, as all of the songs are so different.
of all Stone Sour
's releases, I would recommend buying this one first as it is their newest and features some of my favourite songs of theirs; “Say You'll Haunt
Me”, “Hesitate”, “Mission Statement” and “Threadbare”.