STONESOUR - HOUSE OF GOLD AND BONES Pt. 2 (Roadrunner Records)


                          (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

ĎIn Domus De Aurum Et Ossium Ė IIí is the Latin verse that is printed on the booklet that is included with this second part of Stonesourí House Of Gold And Bones. The Latin translation introduces the fans to the second part of the story that originated about 6 months ago. While the whole package comes in two parts, there are plans to work on a four-issue comic book as well, and as Corey Taylor already revealed, the bandís new conceptual record might be adapted as a movie as well. Those issues are plans for the nearby future, now we have to focus on the second part of House Of Gold And Bones. 

Although I was pretty impressed on the first part, sometimes I had the feeling that not all songs were equal to each other. There were a few truly awesome tracks, but also a few songs that couldnít fully seduce me.  The dices are thrown and the result is now available. Part 1 and 2 were recorded simultaneously, and both records are the first ones without original bass player Shawn Economaki, who left the band in 2012. His replacement is Rachel Bolan, known from Skid Row, but it seems like Rachel isnít a permanent member so far, as the lineup is limited to Corey on Vocals, James Root and Josh Rand on guitars and Roy Mayorga on drums.

Newcomer Rachel is mentioned together with the occasionally string performers. Nevertheless, his performance and the performance of the other musicians creates a magical vibe throughout the album.  The first song is the logical continuation on the previous album, so itís numbered as track 12 (ĎRed Cityí), and it exhales a very dark and sensitive mood. Itís like Corey has put a lot of time and patience to write lyrics that defines how the personalities in the storyline act to each other. Heís laying all he can in his vocal performance, and itís really fantastic how he evolves from sensitive to an extreme harsh performance.  Songs like ĎSadistí explain fully as Corey proclaims: ĎI donít need much to show you, only enough to control youí. It is all about the one and only message that both albums carry out: the struggle of a man who wants to find his place in this world.

And as in real life, you have good days, and you have bad days, you will encounter joyful moments, but also moments of pain and sadness. Itís all in the lyrics, itís all in the songs, and the power of this band is really awesome. They manage to create a kind of soundscape around the storyline to get deeper into the joy, to undergo setbacks but also to lose oneself into moments of truth and tenderness. James and Josh creates a wall of sound with their guitars when necessary, but at the same time, they perish when needed. Corey holds the strings, better than ever before, and Roy, Rachel, James and Josh add the musical colors to get the songs on the right track. Hardly to point out what songs are best, as it depends on your own personal feeling at that time. It simply varies, from day to day, and thatís exactly what this album is conveying.

This successor is much more menacing, digging much deeper into the soul and is at some moments aggressive like hell. Thatís what I missed a bit on the first part, so I would say, at the end, mission accomplished!

My rating: 86 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic onesÖ a direct purchase is advisable !


Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan


Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it


Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first


Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate


Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard