Stone Sour Unleash Flawless and Furious Covers EP "Meanwhile In Burbank…"
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:20:40
Stone Sour’s special record store day exclusive EP, Meanwhile In Burbank…, sees the quintet at its most fiery yet. One mark of greatness is how well an artist can pull off a cover. Some of the greatest recordings ever were covers—case in point Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” and Nirvana’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” When a band picks a classic and makes it their own, while preserving the hallmarks of the original, it illuminates unbridled, undeniable, and unique talent. Stone Sour—Corey Taylor, Josh Rand, Roy Mayorga, Johny Chow, and Christian Martucci—take timeless rock and metal anthems and add a jarring jackhammer of their own, yielding a true tour de force. It’s not easy to tackle Metallica, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and Kiss, but the boys do it with confidence and charisma.
The wall of distortion on Alice in Chains’ “We Die Young” feels impenetrable as Rand and Martucci fortify it with thick delivery and deft playing. These two lock into a groove that can’t be broken. Chow holds down the low end without wavering, ever, and Mayorga’s drums could wake the dead. Taylor sounds both haunting and hypnotic, adding his own melodious menace to the immortal bridge. The track gets a wonderful Facelift for a new era. Taylor brings diligence and dedication to Priest’s “Heading Out to the Highway,” barreling down the road on a hyper-charged rhythmic bounce, as “Love Gun” could melt the makeup off of Kiss it’s so incendiary.
The group’s interpretation of Metallica’s Ride the Lightning basher “Creeping Death” stands out. The gnashing electrified thrash practically singes on sight.