When 8 + 4 leaves 9
Slipknot. Love them or hate them – it really is that simple. However, in light of recent statements by frontman Corey Taylor, it would appear that now was the time for the members to do whatever side projects they wanted to do. Stone Sour is something that Taylor has been involved in for almost a decade, but prior to joining Slipknot in 1997, it was his full time gig.
If you expect this to sound anything like the chaos that is Slipknot, then you will be bitterly disappointed. For the most part, the only real similarity is the growl of Taylor’s voice which is backed by Slipknot axeman Jim Root, and long time friends Shawn Economaki (bass), Joel Ekman (drums) and Josh Rand (guitar). There are no blast beats or insane percussion breaks. This band is everything that Slipknot isn’t with respect to the song style, simplicity and pace that is present on this self titled release. Although it contains some mediocre tracks, it was pleasantly surprising to hear songs such as Get Inside, Cold Reader and Inhale mixed in with songs that could have easily found their way onto a Papa Roach CD. The album also contains a reworked version of Bother which was originally on the soundtrack to Spiderman.
It’s no doubt that this album has some good moments on it, but they are a little overshadowed by some ordinary songs in between. If nothing else, the spoken word closing track by Taylor is good for a laugh and makes up for that a little.