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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.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.