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Stone Sour: Come What (Ever) May

Stone Sour is a band formed by Corey Taylor and James Root of the band Slipknot and before I go any further you have to know that the two groups could not be any more different from each other in terms of musical style and delivery. Come What (Ever) May is the bands second effort and if you have never heard them before it might surprise you as to the level of quality songs on the recording. I say this based on the fact that it is so seldom that a side-project ever really amounts to something here in the States while our European Metal scene friends end up forming projects that not only record but do international tours as well. There is certainly a lot more melody going on in this album and such a drastic change in direction from Slipknot and the key members identities, that it will most likely not an album that the fans of that band will snatch off the shelves. However despite their potential reservations it does have a strong level of appeal on a different vibe entirely - the choruses are quite catchy, and with songs like "Made Of Scars" and "Through Glass" the audience has the chance to join in on the singing. This alone reinforces the power of the tune in people's minds and makes it all the more memorable at the end of the day. Some explicit lyrical content is present across the CD but it is not as prevalent as to make it offensive but instead seems to be used to drive the point home. The groups membership is rounded out by Joah Rand (guitar), Shawn Economaki (bass) and Roy Mayorga (drums) who pound out the heaviness necessary at times on the album as well as make this an amazing melodic Hard Rock experience at others points. There is a strong potential for hits for the band are many on it and for those that worry that its not going to be heavy at all, should listen to opener "30/30-150" and "Come What (Ever) May" since they pack a punch.

The album is being very well-received and more so than their debut which had too much Slipknot to it according to some Internet reviews. Since I never heard it for myself, I have to judge the amount of critique against the praise and it all seems to find favor with the sophomore effort across the board. This is a great way for Root and Taylor to pass the time while Slipknot takes its hiatus and I think this album is just the refreshing change that fans of American Hard Rock are in need of.

Track Listing
1. 30/30-150
2. Come What (Ever) May
3. Hell & Consequences
4. Sillyworld
5. Made Of Scars
6. Reborn
7. Your God
8. Through Glass
9. Socio
10. 1st Person
11. Cardiff
12. Zzyxx Ed.

Added: July 15th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Stone Sour Website
Hits: 1972
Language: english

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Stone Sour: Come What (Ever) May
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-07-16 07:41:15
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Special Edition review:

I was blown away when I first heard the great Hard Rock melodies by the guys in Stone Sour on their sophomore release Come What (Ever) May, and of course I had expected certain levels of quality to be present since the bands core membership comes from the legendary Slipknot. It was an album that took the Metal world by surprise and since its initial release has achieved Gold status and after less than a year of shelf life gets a Special Edition that brings the fans both extra tracks and a full length DVD concert to enjoy. For those who for some reason still don't know what this band is all about lets review a little bit - Stone Sour is a full on serious band and not a merely a side project to Slipknots Corey Taylor and James Root. The band is heavy but does not have the same brand of chaos that Slipknot is most known and as result appeals to a wider listener demographic and could would work alongside bands like Deftones and Korn very well. As an album this was a winner from beginning to end and had a number of catchy tracks in "Sillyworld", "Reborn", "Through Glass" and many more. They were all very easy to get into and make you either sing aloud or pump your fist into the air. The special edition gives you six more tracks and all the included songs are pretty much along the lines of the rest of the albums content with the best being "Suffer" and "Fruitcake" in my opinion. They deliver a cover of "Wicked Game" and while HIM has already cornered the market on covering that tune the Stone Sour guys did a really nice job on the Chris Issak classic. It closes with a spoken word piece called "The Frozen" which shows Taylor lining out some dramatic dialogue as opposed to singing. Lyrics are provided for everything in the booklet with the exception of the cover and the spoken word piece.

If you don't have the album already then this is the perfect reason to pick on up because of the additions to the initial release. The bonus DVD could have easily been sold on its own instead of being included as part of the deluxe package. The production and sound on the DVD truly stands high on its own and is loaded with some killer camera angles and close-ups that bring you right into a Stone Sour performance. Giving the buyer the full show was a great idea and I hope that more bands jump on this train as opposed to just giving you one or two tracks. As you would expect the set list covers both of the bands releases and they are quite energetic on the stage and should keep your interest in the film at all times. We also get the four videos that they have released and while they seem to be the censored versions I am unaware of any unedited ones actually existing. The videos that were first done for the release were obviously aimed at the predicted hits from the album. Should you already be the owner of the album and are a little miffed that you will now have two after you purchase the special edition simply solve this problem by giving the original copy to someone you know who you think would enjoy it. You'll help spread the bands message and seem all the cooler to the person who receives it. This was truly a cool upgrade to an album that I already was placing high on my best of list for the year.

Bonus DVD:
Concert "Live In Moscow, Russia (10/2006): 30/30-150, Orchids, Take A Number, Reborn, Your God, Inhale, Come What (Ever) May, Bother, Through Glass, Blotter, Hell & Consequences, Get Inside.
Videos: 30/30-150, Through Glass, Sillyworld, Made Of Scars.

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