The second installment of "House of Gold & Bones" finds the band stretching their musical minds, with some risky work a little bit more than on the first part. Josh Rand and Jim Root face off on some good guitar work, while Corey Taylor provides piano on a few tracks in addition to vocals. Roy Mayorga handles drums as well as synthesizers and piano on several tracks. Rachel Bolan from Skid Row filled in on bass again on the album, so the first listen to the new acquainted bassist, Johny Chow, will be in live performances. In addition to this there are guest musicians joining Corey and Co for cello, violin and viola for the track "The Conflagaration". There are a few heavier tracks, ranging from Hard Rock to Alternative Metal, but also there are a lot more ballad type tracks, most notably the track "The Conflagaration". I also found by playing "Part 1" and "Part 2" in succession, you can absolutely hear a large amount of cohesiveness you would want to hear in a concept album but never exceed expectations. The guitar solos on the album were beautifully written, just as you would expect from Jim Root and Josh Rand. Overall I'm not insane about "Part 2" I could not deny the work that has clearly gone into this. The biggest difference between the two would be more usage of creepy ambient passages in "Part 2" giving it a more Industrial sound.
Corey Taylor always provides an incredible vocal performance, and this album is no exception. In addition, there are four guest vocalists credited under code names: Lady, Sinner, Stubs and Truck. Corey's vocal delivery on the album ranges from a melancholy and melodic performance on tracks such as "Red City", to a much heavier vocal such as on parts of "Black John" and "Do Me a Favor". His vocal delivery could be described as dynamic, providing exactly what the song needs at any given time, he always delivers.
The lyrics from the album are exceptional, Carrying on and concluding the story of the concept album and makes me eager to get my hands on the comic. As a sample of some of the lyrics, from the track "Do Me a Favor": The lyrics do a great job of creating an atmosphere to capture your imagination.
I've really found a lot of things to enjoy about this album. Yet also a lot that I think just doesn't measure up to what you would expect from STONE SOUR. I'm really excited to check out the comic when it comes out, especially as the story was written by Corey Taylor. I can't wait. However, I am not too sure if I'm as enthusiastic about the next album after this one.
(Autor: Darren K., Datum: 21.05.2013 20:51 Uhr)