Two brand new songs from STONE SOUR, “Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero”, from the band’s upcoming fourth album, “House of Gold Bones – Part 1”, can be streamed at RollingStone.com.
“House Of Gold And Bones” is a two-part concept effort that was recorded at Sound Farm Studios outside the band’s home base in Iowa with producer Dave Bottrill. Part One is due on October 23 via Roadrunner Records and Part Two will be released around May, according to singer Corey Taylor. He tells RollingStone.com, “It all comes down to how much time the record label wants to give between albums, basically.”
He said, “Even with the time constraints we had, we basically recorded two albums in the time it takes to record one. So we were doing double-duty every day. I was tracking two songs vocally a day just to keep us on a deadline and it really pushed us to strive for excellence.”
According to Taylor, STONE SOUR‘s goal for the new record was to capture an organic vibe. “We wanted to really try and go for [a] natural vibe on this without using a ton of samples and really try to differentiate us from everybody else out there. A lot of bands fall into that pitfall of [going to] all the work of getting these great sounds and whatnot, then they hand it over to somebody who then starts filling in the blanks with all these samples,” he said. “It just makes them sound like everybody else out there and we wanted to really capture a unique sound.”
Taylor previously described the musical direction of “House of Gold Bones” by saying, “Picture [PINK FLOYD‘s] ‘The Wall’ crossed with ALICE IN CHAINS‘ ‘Dirt’ with some good heavy blasts in there.” He added, “The heaviest song is a total ass-kicker that sounds as if SLAYER and ANTHRAX had a baby. Then, there’s a darker bluesy dirge that has the vibe of LED ZEPPELIN‘s ‘In My Time Of Dying’. There’s even a little industrial vibe. It’s definitely going to blow people’s fucking minds.
Taylor added that he came up with a very ambitious concept for the disc.
“The album is a morality play about a man who’s standing at the crossroads of his life trying to figure out what to do next,” he said. “He’s going, ‘Do I move foward and evolve? Do I become more responsible or do I run backwards and pilfer the basket of youth?’ Sometimes it’s romantic to live in the mistakes that you made when you were 20, and condemn yourself to perpetual adolescence.”
As previously reported, SKID ROW‘s Rachel Bolan laid down the bass tracks for the new STONE SOUR CD. He has described the material on the record as “fucking fierce.”