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Stone Sour: House Of Gold & Bones Part 2

Corey Taylor gets his conceptual second wind

Corey Taylor always said that the first part of House Of Gold & Bones would only make sense when complemented by the concluding part. He’s right.

If Part 1 was the scene setter, Part 2 allows the storyline to develop and envelop the music. This is a darker, heavier, more emotional album, not afraid to show a savagery that dovetails with some distinctly progressive chimes, and the result is stunning. At times, there are nods towards Pink Floyd (Sadist), Tool (Gravesend) and King Crimson (Blue Smoke), all of which makes this a multi-faceted face-off that inspires, agitates and mystifies.

Whereas the first album allowed you to dip in at random and sample tracks without any loss of enjoyment, this time you have to follow the flow. Not only because that’s the only way the concept makes sense, but also because this has been musically constructed to impact best that way. A dystopian symphony of disaffection and isolation, this is magnificent proof that Stone Sour are creating sublime modern music.