Stone Sour’s new Album “The House of Gold & Bones Part II”
by Ryan Meehan
This past Tuesday Stone Sour released the second part of their double album “The House of Gold and Bones”. Double albums can make strange bedfellows for each other. If they are released at the same time, then people can pick and choose the best tracks from each album and put them in one folder on their iPod as kind of a “best of” compilation.
When they’re released separately, it could be for any number of reasons. Sometimes a band will make a record and then hit the road for a summer tour, and then fine tune the tracks on that tour, even test some of them out at live shows to see what kind of a response they get. Stone Sour’s “House of Gold and Bones” series probably doesn’t fit into that category because they released the first record in the fall and this one came out in April.
So let’s dive in to the record track by track and see what you can expect to hear on the second half of the double album. Continue reading
Anthrax – “Anthems”
by Ryan Meehan
Out of all of the “elder statesman” of the metal world, Anthrax has put out the best material as of late. Their last album “Worship Music” (which we reviewed on this site back in November of 2011) was my #1 metal album of that year. These guys are pushing 50, and they are still every bit the real deal… Continue reading
House of Gold and Bones Part I
by Ryan Meehan
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at my friend Jim’s house. I met him through a mutual friend and as it turns out we both have access to a ton of heavy metal, so as you can imagine we’ve been hanging out quite often. Although I was already aware of the phenomenon that is Corey Taylor, I wasn’t really aware of how unbelievably talented the guy was but now that I know more about him I’m wondering how I missed a lot of his work. Jim is a huge fan and he is responsible for my “Maggotry” if you will…
For those of you that might not know, Corey Taylor is the lead singer and lyricist for Slipknot. Throughout the entire time that Slipknot rose to fame in the late nineties and early 00s, Taylor still kept hope alive for his second band Stonesour that also included Slipknot guitarist Jim Root. They released their first album in 2002 which contained the radio hits “Bother” and “Inhale”. I didn’t really get into a lot of their work until recently, and in my opinion their 2010 record “Audio Secrecy” was just not my bag at all.
Nonetheless, I have an immense amount of respect for anyone in that musical circle. Both Taylor and Root have managed to surround themselves with the best that the industry has to offer, and what’s even more impressive than that is in most cases those are basically individuals whom they’ve known for many years. “The House of Gold and Bones Part One” is another example of just how serious Corey is about his musical projects, and offers something for just about everything. Continue reading
Photograph by Joshua Ford
by Ryan Meehan
I’m going to see Clutch at RIBCO on May 10th. I’m beginning this review with that sentence is that I’d like to take a moment to discuss the recent bastardization of the term “stoner metal”. (Or rock, depending on where the line is drawn) To me, it’s sort of inappropriately applied nomenclature. When I first got into Clutch I never really considered their music to be that genre at all. To me, that’s what a “jam band” is really supposed to be. Not Widespread Panic or any half-assed “jam” like that…a legitimate jam band that could throw down and have it be heavy the whole time. Conventional wisdom would suggest that would sound tougher anyway. The SM term didn’t exist in 1998 when we were listening to a metric ton of Clutch. (At least not in the Midwest) We just thought it was good music, and any sort of classification only limits the artist. Unfortunately, this is a music review so it’s impossible to dance around labels.
Using the term “stoner metal” for anything implies two things – that it’s all metal (which it isn’t) and that everyone who’s listening to it is ripped. (which they aren’t) I find that a lot of the music that’s classified under this subgenre is really more hardcore than anything. I can grasp where that assignment might have come from, as most of the music like HOF, Clutch and especially old Kyuss (Ex-Queens of the Stone Age) has this very low and heavily distorted groove to it. It seems laid back and less frantic than a lot of the faster sub-classifications of metal, such as thrash metal, speed metal, and most recently black metal. I suppose when it comes down to it, it’s all metal and he point is that you’re not going to see a whole lot of these bands performing on Lifetime Movie Network anytime soon. So it’s debatable that any of that even really matters, but I can definitely tell you that over the past decade the popularity of the internet has only increased the spreading of this terminology. Continue reading
by Ryan Meehan
I am going to try and do my best at reviewing this album with no bias, and there’s no question that it’s going to be a serious challenge. Ministry has always fascinated me. Growing up three hours from Chicago we used to hear all sorts of crazy stories come down the pipe about those guys since they used to record at a studio up there. For example, it would not be out of the ordinary for them to show up at 2AM with twenty of their friends for a recording session that was scheduled for noon the previous day. I still consider Psalm 69 to be one of the most overlooked albums from that era and ever since then I found myself constantly rifling through the old stuff such as “The Land of Rape and Honey” and “Twitch”. Continue reading