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    Tue, 14 Aug 2012 06:44:03

    Stone Sour "Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero" Song Review - 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Stone Sour incinerate all expectations with "Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero", the first salvo from House of Gold and Bones Part. 1.

    Beginning with one mean riff from premier guitar duo James Root and Josh Rand, frontman Corey Taylor eerily assures, "No one's laughing now". As the distortion echoes, tension mounts, and the song snaps into a heavy thrash break with Taylor screaming sharply.

    Roy Mayorga's drums gallop vigorously alongside Rachel Bolan's distinct bass bludgeoning. Everything culminates on a bruising growl from Taylor with fiery leads surrounding it like entwining twin snakes. It's the band's heaviest and most hypnotic fare yet, and it's an introduction to the year's most infectious and important hard rock effort.

    Suddenly, everything slips into a pristine chant from Taylor for "Absolute Zero". It's an invigorating roller coaster with the powder leg line, "I'm not the devil, but I won't be your hero." Of course, there's some more impressive fretboard scorching as well.

    Clocking in over 7 minutes, this is a statement from Stone Sour. They're not holding back. They're not backing down. They're not fucking around. They're here to change rock 'n' roll, and they're going to do it.

    Are you ready to watch it go up in flames along with them?

    --Rick Florino
    08.14.12


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