Stone Sour : Audio Secrecy

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Despite having already enjoyed considerable success with their first two releases, vocalist Corey Taylor (who’s also a member of Slipknot) promised a much darker and heavier direction on Stone Sour’s third release.

Despite having already enjoyed considerable success with their first two releases, vocalist Corey Taylor (who’s also a member of Slipknot) promised a much darker and heavier direction on Stone Sour’s third release. This certainly had many hoping for a return to the heavier sound of the band’s debut, rather than the more accessible and polished feel of their last release Come What(ever) May

But for all of Taylor’s promises, it doesn’t take long to realise that while Audio Secrecy does have its edgy and darker moments, overall, album number three from the band doesn’t stray too far from the band’s established melodic hard rock template of their former release. 

After such a heavy start to the album, both Digital (Did You Tell) and Say You’ll Haunt Me sees the band steering things towards more straight-forward hard-rock territory with the guitars playing back-up to choruses that take the centre stage, while the semi-acoustic Dying only adds further diversity to the wide spectrum of sounds the band are willing to show off with their third offering.

Unfortunately, it’s around the middle of the album where things get a little wayward, with a string of fairly pedestrian efforts. But after that weak patch, Audio Secrecy is picked up with a string of stronger efforts, which include the downright driven Nylon 6/6, the melancholy and downbeat Miracles, the brooding Pieces, the Slipknot-like The Bitter End and the powerful closer Threadbare.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Stone Sour’s earlier efforts, then Audio Secrecy is sure to please. Just don’t expect too much in the way of consistency, or any real radical change of direction this time around.