Live Review: Stone Sour - Uproar Festival, Irvine
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:01:59
"Scream for me, California," announced Corey Taylor halfway through Stone Sour's triumphant set at the Irvine stop of the The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
Taylor's nod to Bruce Dickinson wasn't lost on any of the metal fans in the crowd, and the packed audience gladly obliged to his order. However, Taylor and his Stone Sour cohorts put on a rock show for the ages without even needing all the trappings of an Iron Maiden gig.
Stone Sour's assault is much more understated, but it's equally impactful, and that's the exact reason that they roared the loudest of any band at UPROAR. Of course, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Halestorm each ripped in their own right, but Stone Sour tapped into something classic.
With a simple ornate backdrop and the lilting piano of "Audio Secrecy," the band took the stage one by one. Taylor instantly charged to the forefront with his microphone in hand as Jim Root launched the first riff of "Mission Statement."Root's heavy handed thrashing lifted the song with genuine panache and proficiency. Josh Rand fired back a complementing riff that fit right in the pocket of Roy Mayorga's tribal groove. Shawn Economaki's bass thump rumbled in unison and Stone Sour's near-hour long show.
Taylor's voice resounded with more power and passion than ever before at the center of "Mission Statement." He flipped a switch from the gruff verse into a hypnotic chorus with style and substance. As he stood front and center screaming his heart out, the audience roared back. In many ways, this was the arrival of a modern rock legend. Taylor and Stone Sour are rock divinities for the 21st century. They can batter and bruise with the schizophrenic thrash madness of "Get Inside" or "Reborn"—both of which conjure Metallica and Alice in Chains simultaneously. Or, they can crank out an undeniable hard rock gem like "Made of Scars" or their current single from Audio Secrecy, "Say You'll Haunt Me." During "Say You'll Haunt Me," Root improvised a quick lead that fell somewhere between Jimmy Page's love affair with Middle Easter stylings and David Gilmour's spacey orchestration. Taylor got the whole crowd to sing in unison on Come What(ever) May's "Your God," while Rand and Root bounced impenetrable licks back and forth.
Mayorga and Economaki are the tightest rhythm section out there, and Mayorga's wild man pounding and stick fireworks made for an even heavier "Digital." Taylor brought the listeners close to him for a poetically potent "Through Glass." Standing there with his guitar center stage, he channeled Dave Grohl and Kurt Cobain, but with a raw new fire.
Everything culminated with the neck-snapping stomp of "Hell & Consequences" and "30/30-150" sending one last giant shockwave throughout the venue.
Even with all of the other great rock 'n' roll at UPROAR, everyone was still screaming for Stone Sour.
Were you there? Check out our exclusive interview with Corey Taylor here!