Stone Sour has recently released their highly anticipated sixth studio album “Hydrograd” via Roadrunner Records. The record is their first without long time guitarist Jim Root and their first new music since the two back to back concept
albums “House of Gold & Bones Part 1 & 2” in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

“Hydrograd” is a 15 song frenzy of arena sized hard rock with classic and punk rock influences added to the mix. Produced by Jay Ruston, the album sounds fresh with radio friendly hooks and soaring choruses and may just be Stone Sour’s most
commercially viable release to date. The ominous intro track “YSIF” gets things rolling before heading right into the searing rocker “Tapei Person-Allah Tea.”

Frontman Corey Taylor’s vocals are in top form whether he is crooning over love on “Song #3” or screaming “It’s all downhill from here!” on “Fabuless.” New guitarist Christian Martucci seems to be fitting right in with some killer guitar work and solo on the title track and the aggressive fury of “Whiplash Pants.” The band takes things in a totally new direction with the downright country vibe on the ballad “St. Marie” and the punk rocker “Somebody Stole My Eyes.”

“Hydrograd” is a powerhouse of an album with infectious, hard rock songs and precision musicianship that is sure to catapult Stone Sour over the top.


About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.