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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2014
Stone Sour have been obviously compared to Slipknot since their first album, and yes Corey still uses his beautiful growl/scream on this album, but the band sounds like a true hard rock band now, even Jim Root (guitarist) is able to pull of slow melodic solos. VERY different to the angry and wildness of the masked maniacs Slipknot. Straight from the get go Part 1 hits hard with 'Gone Sovereign' and 'Absolute Zero' both heavy anthems that were the leading singles for the album. But the album doesn't keep this pace throughout, it is able to twist and turn through synth's and acoustic guitars to create a sound scape of pure beauty. In my opinion this album holds the true singles from the two part album like the giant sing-a-long 'Tired' and the mellow 'Taciturn', yet it still flows like am album and isn't carried by the first two tracks or the other singles. Plus when was the last time you got a story out of an album? *Applause*
Essential Tracks:
Gone Sovereign
Absolute Zero
Tired
Taciturn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2014
This album is proberbly the best Stone Sour Album to date. The badn have really come on from there last album which is also very good. But wrather than keep things the same as last time they have developed there sound more and created an album that they should trully be proud of.

The Album opens up with Gone Sovereign and seemlessly goes into Absolute zero, which are both really heavey and fast songs, but then it takes a more melodic turn. Which is not a bad thing, as this allows Corey Taylor to show more of his vocal talents.

All in all this is trulley stuning album which if you are fan Stone Sour you should own this album.
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on 3 November 2012
This may not have enough heavy tunes to impress some,but i'd say what it does have is quailty,loads of it.
Sounding a bit like the likes of METALLICA at times,sometimes even a little SLIPKNOT slips in,not surprising really and no complaints from me.
So what does this offering offer?
GONE SOVEREIGN- a great heavy starter,very STONE SOUR,very impressive.
ABSOLUTE ZERO- this keeps up the pace,great lyrics,great guitar solo.
A RUMOR OF SKIN- more great lyric,something to get some anger out with,love the tune.
THE TRAVELLERS PT 1- softer track for a breather,nicely sung,nice feel.
TIRED- gets a bit heavier again,album remains solid lyrically and musically.
RU486- speed things up,gets heavier,top lyrics,will sound great live with those chants. Really love the feel of this.
MY NAME IS ALLEN- keeps the pace going,love the drums and sinister vocals on this.
TACITURN- soft,slow song. Nice vocals,could be too gentle for some fans,but i like it as it's a nice change in pace.
INFLUENCE OF A DROWSY GOD- starts fairly slow,gets heavier,angrier as it grows.
THE TRAVELLERS PT 2- heavier than part 1,pace keeps changing,but nicely so.
LAST OF THE REAL- solid finisher,heavy,STONE SOUR still have it.

So yeah,i'd say they've done it again,if you don't mind not every song being heavy,you should be impressed by HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES PT 1,i now look forward to part 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Love this mans voice, these two albums are a great collection of tracks. Can't choose which one I prefer. Also had to buy part 1 and 2 at the same time.
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on 8 November 2012
I have been eagerly awaiting to get this album since i heard it was being released, and at first i was a little disappointed but after a couple of times listening to it properly i can not stop listening to it. I think what let it down for me in the first place was the hype that was built up around it, incited by Corey. Whilst it doesn't live up to the hype in my opinion it is still a great album.

Gone Sovereign, Absolute Zero and a rumor of skin are absolutely brilliant tracks to open an album,
Fast, catch and heavy pure stone sour, then the tracks slow down a bit showing another side to stone sours musical talents, and then picking up again with some more absolute blazing tracks, at no point after thoroughly listening to it was i sat there feeling bored of any of the songs. The last track, Last of the real is probably my favorite track so far, Coreys vocals and lyrics are fantastic through out the whole thing, as well are the musicians behind him delivering some fantastic melody's,fist pumping riffs and drumming.

Easily worthy of 5 stars and the asking price, Bring on part 2!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2014
Wonderful! Listened to Tired sent from a friend, hooked. Again! Love how Corey uses Stone Sour to demonstrate his amazing song writing ability and eclectic mix of songs types he can sing and they can play. The man is awesomely talented. Always the rock edge but no defined gender of music. Truly Awesome Album!
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on 12 March 2013
Stone Sour did not disappoint in giving you Part 1 of House of Gold and Bones. The album has a lot of meaningful songs like Taciburn, I only listen to slow hard songs like this but the much harder stuff from Stone Sour is really rubbing of on me. Absolute Zero is the best song on the album by far in my opinion. Along with Travelers, there are 2 of these songs of the same name on the album. The first is a slower calmer song and the seconds is a rocked up version with the same style and similar lyrics. Money well spent in my opinion. I bought this album a month or so after the official release but I will definitely be pre-ordering part 2.
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on 10 January 2013
Absolutely love this ablum, it compares with Come What Ever May in my opinion. I just love Corey Taylor he is mega talented, I just love this side of his song writing he proves that he can write melodic rock/metal as well as the massive anthems for Slipknot. You get beautiful songs like The Traveller part 1 and Taciturn and the raw energy of Gone Sovereign, RU486 and My Name is Allen ....... there's only room in here for one and I've decided it's not you ...... priceless, pure gold, love, love, love this album going to catch them at Download in June :) \m/ ********
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on 20 January 2013
Absolutely phenomenal album. Probably the bands best yet along with their debut and I can't stop listening to it. I don't really have any favourites because there isn't a bad song on it! The weakest song could possibly be My Name is Allen but it's not an issue when you have songs like A Rumour of Skin and Influence of a Drowsy God surrounding it. Buy this album and you won't regret it, a perfect balance of the bands aggressive and melodic techniques. Incredible.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
'This is our The Wall' Corey said in an interview, citing Pink FLoyds the 70's opus on mental strain and alienation in being in a rock band cut off from family and reality.

House of Gold and Bones treads a similar lyrical vein, the fight of one man's anger, confusion on growing up, but thats really where the comparisons end. The Wall was full of 'music concrete' sound effects, dialogue, and fully blown songs, and short odd pieces, that sound very strange if played out of context. Stone Stour have, while retaining the template of a concept piece, kept each song an entity in its own right so they can be enjoyed stand alone or part of the suite. Which in these days of single song downloading, is probably a good idea.

It kicks off at a blistering pace, like a heavy weight boxers 1-2 with Gone Soveriegn and Absolute Zero. Snarling vocal delivery more akin to Slipknot battle with chopping guitar and thumping bass provided by guest bassist Rachel Bolan. The songs fly at you from the speakers, the impact not lessening up as we drive headlong into A Rumor of Skin. A more commercial chorus totally swamped by some pile driving riffing. It's like the excellent Audio Secrecy with its multiple styles, textures and paces never happened and we are back at the debut album, all spit and aggression. Fabulous stuff.

Knowing that the power of the first 3 will be diluted if we keep up this astonishing pace and drive, the band loosen and kick back on the mellow Travellers Part 1, an acoustic piece that morphs Day-In-The-Life style into Tired. Corey swaps the snarls for the big emotion. Impassioned pleas that he 'is too young to care' fight with real or simulated (not sure which) strings, that ebb and swell.
RU486 drags you back into the malestrom, gang vocals bellow and snarl, chewing the words up and launching them at you from point blank range. Similarly My Name Is Allen shoots from a close distance, hitting home effortlessly and powerfully

If this is the bands version of 'The Wall' then Taciturn must be their 'Comfortably Numb'. Probably the stand out track on the album, we build from acoustic to electric,dragged along by a glorious chorus and plaintive vocals from the newly mohicaned Slipknot front man. The Travellers Part 2 leads into the final song Last of the Real, as the band finish on a flourish keeping the general pace and quality of songs up.

I am not sure who's decision it was not to release this as a double album. At 44 mins it is by modern standards pretty short and does suffer from a sense of breaking off at mid point, leaving the next part release date until next year. Whether this is the record company or band's concerns at releasing a double concept album during turbulent musical times, or a financial decision to not release a double album at say, £12 when they can get £8 twice by releasing them seperately I am not sure, but I'm afraid it is to the detriment to the overal piece that they have been released this way.

Corey liked his comparisons with The Wall, so we shall end with one. Is it as good as the Wall? Definately not. But thats not to say its a great listen. A thoroughly good modern concept album packed to the gills with great rock/metal.
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