StoneSour - Come What(ever) May
Come What(ever) May is the latest offering from the Grammy nominated post grunge band StoneSour, led by Slipknot front man Corey Taylor and released through Roudrunner Records. This new record has proved to be a lot more commercially successful than there debut self- titled album released in 2002, which seem to pass through the public eye rather cruelly overlooked.
Whereas in the past StoneSour and Slipknot have been indistinguishable from each other in terms of musical direction, this second album is a step forward for the band in defining themselves as a maturing band, stepping out of the considerably daunting shadow Slipknot casts. This may be in no small part to Roy Mayorga, former Soulfly drummer replacing original drummer Joel Ekman. With Mayorga’s experience the band are able to produce some incredibly beat led tracks, with songs like “Reborn” and “1st Born” boasting a comfortable if slightly familiar blend of saturated guitars and some blistering drum work.
Those looking for something more melodic and less harsh than previous Stone Sour tracks are not to be left wanting either, as songs like acoustic based “Through Glass” and groove driven “Sillyworld” are arguably a lot lighter than anything the band has attempted before, with the latter including an ambitious prog- rock solo that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Tom Morello record. A complete side step from the norm for the band comes in the form of “Zzyzx Rd”, which with its emotive guitar solos and the bands first venture to include prominent piano work on a track, ends up sounding more like a November Rain inspired ballad than anything else. However some of these “quieter” tracks aren’t quite consistent with the high standard set by the rest of the album, sounding slightly reminiscent of a bands first foray into the studio rather than a return visit, yet their endeavour to create something softer is commendable.
Its also rather easy to note how James Root, Rhythm guitarist for Slipknot, has fully expressed himself as lead guitarist for StoneSour. Memorable solos from songs like afore mentioned “Zzyzx Rd” and “Your God” show how Root is able to fill his new role spectacularly, seemingly letting out all creativity he may have been suppressing whilst confined to taking a back- seat.
As for Corey Taylor’s lead vocal talent, his gruff, edgy voice compliments the rhythmic, energetic tracks on which it is layered well, and its with an impressive vocal range and some creative, clever lyrical hooks that Taylor consolidates his place as an established singer. Yet there is nothing quite as lyrically innovative on this record as off their first album, and the days of Corey Taylor doing anything as alternative as rapping, like he does on previous tracks like the inspired “Get Inside” appear to be long gone. Although disappointing, Taylor’s lack of venturing to do something slightly more advanced is more than made up for by his abilities as a lyricist. Its how he often singing about his own personal demons in a Trent Reznor esque fashion, or in places singing about his political views that he gives the band perhaps more depth than most other bands associated with the post grunge/ heavy rock label
Overall the album injects life into an as of late lifeless genre, bringing something new into the otherwise exhausted guitar based album. It’s a throw back to the times when post grunge was a fledgling, diverse musical sound, showing influences of bands like Three Doors Down, Bush and even the early work of Offspring. This is an album which worthy of remembrance, if only for reminding us of grunge’s punk heritage.