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'Audio Secrecy' is an album free of stylistic limitations. 'It's everything I've ever wanted to do on one album,' says vocalist Corey Taylor. 'It's heavy, it's melodic, it's dark, it's slow, it's light and it's beautiful. You'll hear something different with each listen.
Stone Sour recorded 'Audio Secrecy' with 'Come What(ever) May' producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones) at Nashville's Blackbird Studios.
The album's title is a play on words for idiosyncrasy. 'I'm a fan of double meanings and metaphorical speak,' muses Taylor. 'There are so many levels to what those two words combined could mean. As a title, it perfectly fit the album.'
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Audio Secrecy is undoubtedly much more melodic and heavy on harmonies than previous releases. Stone Sour's self-titled debut and Come What(ever) May each had tender moments, but ultimately showed off the Slipknot-ier side of the band -- raw and powerful riffs coupled with Corey's unmistakable screams/growls. Audio Secrecy is quite diverse, ranging from a few heavier tracks ("Mission Statement," "Unfinished," "The Bitter End") to those that strive for the mainstream appeal that previous singles have ("Dying," "Hesitate," and most notably "Imperfect," the latter of which could be labeled as this album's "Bother"). Most of the tracks, however, manage to find a medium-balance in heavy and poppy hooks, with lead singer Corey Taylor showing off his vocal range more than ever, opening the door for a broader audience. The hardcore fans will agree that the sound is a bit watered down, while the casual fan will find delight and satisfaction with Audio Secrecy's expanded diversity.
I suggest reaching for the deluxe version, which includes some of the album's best songs: "Hate Not Gone," "Anna," and "Home Again." Three stars for the standard version and four stars for the deluxe.
Hate Not Gone
The Bitter End
Say You'll Haunt Me
These guys are as Hard Rock as it gets. Unlike the infestation of guitar sololess, unlistenable pop hard rock bands that dominate the radio today, the guitars are set free in Stone Sour. James Root (also from Slipknot) and Josh Rand share the 6-string duties and blister their way through the disk. Ex-Soulfly drummer Ray Mayorga impresses on the skins. And Slipknot's stage manager Shawn Economaki rocks the bass. And don't expect Nu Metal with Stone Sour either...expect mostly Hard Rock...period.
There are standout tracks aplenty. The first track aptly named Audio Secrecy is a 2 minute intro, then tracks 2 through 7 just start to tear it up. Mission Statement (Track 2) and Digital (track 3) are two of the best Hard Rock songs that I've heard in a while. Track 4 called Say You'll Haunt Me is already getting some radio play, and my guess is that there could be a few songs that the radio will notice on this disk, the next most likely being track 10 called Miracles.
And songs like Miracles might disappoint some Hard Rockers. Miracles has a ballady rhythm, the kind of ballady sound that gave Through Glass so much air time from their last disk Come Whatever May.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The last good Stone Sour album featuring the classic line up. You can hear the aggression from Corey since Slipknot ended the All Hope is Gone tour in 2010 right before this album... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Drew Hollingshead
Hesitate, Imperfect, and Miracles are perfect, going through a tough break up and these songs hit me hard. Read morePublished 15 months ago by KG