Per Corey Taylor’s words himself, he says that House of Gold & Bones Part 2 plays more like a soundtrack than last year’s House of Gold & Bones Part 1. Let’s face it. Stone Sour set the bar exceptionally high after the release of House of Gold & Bones Part 1. They were bound to disappoint with Part 2, but I do not feel like they did. Of course, Part 1 took me more than a few listens to truly enjoy, so I may end up liking Part 2 even more. Only time will tell.
House of Gold & Bones Part 2 stands firmly on its own as a great release, but to get the full story, it is best to listen to both releases. We have listened to Part 1 on its own for so long already that we know that we can still do that as well.
To see Corey Taylor’s transition from Slipknot frontman to deliver towering melodies as evident on Stone Sour’s latest release is nothing short of fantastic. I have never been a Slipknot guy. They did nothing for me, but they are heavy as hell. Stone Sour has a little bit of that edge, but goes much further in terms of melodic elements and style.
Songs like the thunderous Black John and Peckinpah are the perfect compliment to melodic, soft pieces like Blue Smoke and The Conflagration. Once again, Stone Sour found that perfect blend of straight rockers and short, melodic elements. Of course, everyone probably knows the first two singles, the radio-friendly Do Me a Favor and Gravesend.
Overall, this is another must-add to your collection, and this is the first time that I can say that I can honestly recommend two Stone Sour albums in a row. I see to have this love/hate relationship with Stone Sour albums where I love one, then hate the next one. This is the first time that I love two in a row.