Release Date: Apr 9, 2013
Record label: Roadrunner
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge
Continuing the two-album arc started on House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1, Stone Sour resume their two-part concept album on House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2. Musically, the album feels quite a bit like its predecessor, making the band’s decision to release them as two separate discs a smart move, allowing listeners a chance to take a breather before diving back in for a second helping.
Adecade ago, Corey Taylor was best known for scaring parents as frontman with Slipknot, but his remarkable transformation into heavy music's premier polymath and renaissance man may yet enable him to conquer the mainstream. It certainly helps that Stone Sour's second album in six months bulges at the seams with towering melodies and moments of radio-friendly majesty, the band's trademark straddling of the divide between metal and commercial rock sounding increasingly adroit. The second part of a bold but enjoyably nebulous concept piece, House of Gold and Bones Part 2 is a more menacing and aggressive beast than last year's grandiose Part 1.