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Stone Sour will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn Monday night August 21, 2006 at 8:30 PDT. For a station near you, and information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast, go to WWW.ROCKLINERADIO.COM
STONE SOUR's official forum has been updated with a scan of a recent interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor, which was published in Kerrang! magazine. Check it out at www.StoneSour.com.
STONE SOUR rocked The Billboard 200 chart last week, debuting at at the lofty position of No. 4 with their first studio album in over four years, "Come What(ever) May". The CD moved 81,000 units its first week out, triple what STONE SOUR's gold-selling debut album shifted its first week. Additionally, last week, the video for the first single, "Through Glass", was added into rotation at VH1. The band kicked off its stint on The Family Values Tour late July, performing alongside rock veterans KORN, DEFTONES, FLYLEAF and DIR EN GREY. The tour will crisscross the nation through late September.
Welcome to the return of This Week In Metal, a column I used to do before I was forced to take a hiatus from metalunderground.com. In this weekly column, we will update the top 10 selling albums in the metal industry (courtesy of CMJ) and the top 10 radio singles (pulled from Music Match). They use a number of sources for the list, including all satellite radio. While you may find a few bands that are too soft for the list, I assure you there will be more then enough surprises. Feel free to comment on the list and who you think is over/under-rated, what bands you expected to see and which ones you didn't. Again this column will run weekly, so be sure to check for it every Thursday in the columns area of MetalUnderground.com.
Now for the music, we will start each week with the albums. It's a good mix of what bands are bursting the underground, and some bands that have been killing for quite a while now.
|1||Shadows Fall||Fallout From The War||1||1|
|2||SYL||The New Black||1||2|
|3||All That Remains||The Fall Of Ideas||1||3|
|6||Stone Sour||Come What(ever) May||1||6|
|7||BTBAM||The Anatomy Of||1||7|
|9||The Acacia Strain||Dead Walk||1||9|
|10||Bury Your Dead||Beauty And The Breakdown||1||10|
Now for the tunes. These singles are a real who's who amongst metal right now. I find the list to be powerful and only really have one flaw. Keep in mind some songs have been out longer then others and have picked up a good fanbase on the radio, other songs have just come out and are sure to see their time at the top.
|1||Shadows Fall||Will To Rebuild||1||1|
|3||Lamb of God||Redneck||1||3|
|5||All That Remains||This Calling||1||5|
|7||Threat Signal||Rational Eyes||1||7|
|9||Black Label Society||Concrete Jungle||1||9|
Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED has tapped STONE SOUR to appear on its third Music As A Weapon tour. More acts will be announced soon, as well as dates, cities and venues for the trek, which will begin sometime in November. Ironically, DISTURBED is currently co-headlining Ozzfest while STONE SOUR is a featured main stage act on the competing Family Values tour.
DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren recently told Launch that Music As A Weapon III is likely to run into February of 2007.
Previous Music As A Weapon tours have featured bands like CHEVELLE, TAPROOT and DROWNING POOL in addition to the headliners.
Stone Sour's sophomore album, Come What(ever) May, looks poised to sell between 75,000 and 80,000 copies during its first week of release, and may land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart!
Currently on the road with Korn and Deftones as part of the Family Values Tour, the band led by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will debut their new single, "Through Glass", live on national television Thursday, August 8, on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
If you haven't already, pick up Come What(ever) May this weekend and help welcome the guys back with a bang.
MSO PR has issued the following question-and-answer session with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor:
Q: Let's start with "Through Glass", the first single from "Come What(ever) May". What inspired that one? Where were you when you wrote it, if you can remember?
Corey: I remember exactly where I was. It was 2004 and I was on tour with SLIPKNOT. I was sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel, seeing act after act after act of this inane, innocuous, plastic music. They were plastic, bubbly, gossamer-thin groups where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing.
It really made me mad. I was like, "Is this it? Have we just gone full circle? Did the singer/songwriter revolution never happen?" Is it just the same drivel from the same replicant over and over again? "Through Glass" is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling "bullshit" on pretty much everyone involved with the "American Idol"-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song.
Q: The video for "Through Glass" takes place in the most plastic of scenarios: the cliché, vacant, Hollywoodesque party… More...
Andy Richardson, who was badly beaten in a fight at a Family Values concert, has since passed. More details about the events that lead to the fight and his death have been revealed. Here are some excerpts from an AZCentral article adding to what had already been reported here:
"We just went out there to have a good night," said one friend, Eddie Arellano. "It was starting off fun. And then this whole thing turned into a nightmare."
According to Arellano and others at the concert, there was a group of rowdy men at the show.
"These guys were just way too drunk. They had too many fights," Arellano said.
Earlier in the evening, some of the rowdies tumbled down a hill, crashing into Richardson and his friends. There was a brief scuffle, according to Bernice Averil, who was in Richardson's group. A little later, the rowdies returned and one of them snatched Richardson's cap.
"When they took his hat he stood up and said 'We've already had a fight. I don't want to have any problems,' " Arellano said, describing the moments just before the punch. "The guy threw the hat back at him. And when he (Richardson) caught it, the guy hit him in the face and he hit the ground and hit the concrete with the back of his head. He just collapsed.
"His face was bloody. It was bad. It was horrible," said Arellano, who was Richardson's roommate.
The person who threw the punch and that person's friend ran off, Arellano said.
Atlanta police spokesman Officer Steve Coleman said homicide detectives "have people of interest" but no arrests had been made. Police have a "vague description" of the person who threw the punch, according to Sgt. Kevin Iosty.
Jack Gannon, a spokesman for House of Blues, a California-based company that has a sponsorship deal with what's now called HiFi Buys Amphitheater, said the incident was "unfortunate and tragic" and that the company is "cooperating fully with the Atlanta Police Department investigation."
Read the full article at AZ Central.
A 30-year-old man who was beaten in the mosh pit at the Family Values show at Atlanta's Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater on Sunday night is hospitalized and on life support after being declared brain dead. According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, 30-year-old Andy Richardson is in critical condition following the fight, during which two unidentified men attacked him in the mosh pit after Richardson asked the men to be careful not to hurt his pregnant girlfriend and a mentally challenged child they had with them.
"Can you imagine your child goes to a concert and be killed for it, because of people out there fighting to have a quote unquote good time?" Richardson's mom, Gloria told the station. "And I'm angry. I'm very angry. Why were the police not there to stop them?"
A friend of Richardson's who attended the Korn-headlined show with him, Edgar Arellano, said the fight broke out after Richardson asked the men to be careful, but it ended soon after that and the men left the area. "We were all enjoying the concert, we were having a good time, until these two guys came around," Arellano said, adding that the men showed up again and one of them punched Richardson in the head, knocking him head first onto the concrete.
"He was unconscious. He had blood all over his face when I picked him up," Arellano said.
WSB-TV reported that homicide investigators are looking into the beating, but have only a vague description of the suspects. A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department could not be reached for comment at press time. A spokesperson for the amphitheater could not be reached for comment.
Richardson's mother said her son is brain dead and on life support and is not expected to live.
AOL Music has listening parties for streaming the entire CDs of some of this week's upcoming releases including:
They also sent a reminder of their variety of metal stations available for free 24/7 (no membership required) including:
Stone Sour's latest album, Come What(ever) May hits stores tomorrow, but AOL.COM is bringing you a preview of the entire album today.
From the frantic opener, "30/30-150" to the mellow closer, "Zzyzx Rd," every song, top to bottom is being streamed for free right HERE
KORN officially resurrected the Family Values tour last night (Saturday, July 29) in Antioch, Tennessee, with a line-up featuring DEFTONES, 10 YEARS, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF and others. The group's setlist was as follows:
02. Right Now
05. Love Song
07. Falling Away From Me
08. Ball Tounge
09. Lodi Dodi
10. Coming Undone
11. Got The Life
12. Throw Me Away
13. Shoots & Ladders
15. Here To Stay
17. Freak On A Leash
18. Hollow Life (Acoustic)
19. Twisted Transistor
20. Y'all Want A Single
According to KornUnleashed.net, highlights of the show included:
* Chino Moreno of the DEFTONES and Jonathan Davis playing "Wicked" for the first time in over six years.
* KORN leaving the stage and coming in the middle of the crowd to perform an acoustic set of "Hollow Life".
* The Family Values 2006 tour drew more people than any other event held at the Starwood Amphitheater.
* STONE SOUR performing "Through Glass" live for the first time ever.
Mandy Feingold of FMQB recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor. An excerpt from the chat follows:
FMQB: This new STONE SOUR record is even more of a departure from your identity with SLIPKNOT than the first record. Is it important for you to keep those two musical identities separate?
Corey: "It is, but it isn't. The reason the album sounds the way it does is because it's actually closer to old-school STONE SOUR than it is anything else. I think when we did the first STONE SOUR album we were just throwing everything together to see what would happen. With this album, we knew we had an audience, and we knew people had really dug the stuff that we put on the first album. So we were like, 'Let's get back to basics. Let's get back to the thought process of, if we write something and we dig it, no matter how diverse it is, we'll put it out.' That's how the album came together, and that's really what this band is about."
FMQB: What do you get out of doing STONE SOUR that you don't get from SLIPKNOT?
Corey: "Everything else, let's put it that way. SLIPKNOT is still very grounded in the metal genre. It's very dark. And that's one side of my personality and one side of the things I like to do. STONE SOUR kind of allows me to do everything else, and that's what's so great about it. I know it's definitely why we put it back together, and I think it's why we have such a blast doing it."
FMQB: Do you think the bands have two different fan bases?
Corey: "I do. I think there are actually three different groups of people. There are people that love SLIPKNOT and don't really care about STONE SOUR. There are people in the middle that like both. And then there are people who really dig STONE SOUR and really don't care about SLIPKNOT. So I've got the best of everything right now. I'm actually in a really good spot. We've got a lot of fans that have made a decision, and that's the thing you want at the end of the day. You want people to either love it or hate it, but not to dismiss it."
FMQB: When you write a song, how do you know if it's for STONE SOUR or SLIPKNOT?
Corey: "When I write the music it's pretty much a guaranteed STONE SOUR song, because that's more the style that I write in. With SLIPKNOT, everybody in the band is so good technically in that genre that I just kind of sit back and go, 'You know what, I'll handle the lyrics, it's all good.' I think in the 10 years I've been in SLIPKNOT, I've written four riffs. But with STONE SOUR, it's much more of a hard rock deal. Even the heavier stuff — it's more fluid. That's where my musical style fits in. So when I write something with a guitar, I pretty much know it's a STONE SOUR song right out of the gate. Lyrically, it's a little different. I tend to let the music dictate where I'm going lyrically, so if a song is not my music, then it can go either way. When Paul [Gray] and Joey [Jordison] bring me stuff, obviously it's going to be a SLIPKNOT song. When Jim [Root] and Josh [Rand] bring me something, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a STONE SOUR thing. But when I'm just sitting around writing lyrics that I really don't have anything for, you never know. I may hear something that Paul and Joey have written, and I go, 'You know what, I wrote something about a year ago that could fit with that.' So it's really a crapshoot."
Read the entire interview at www.fmqb.com.
The Family Values tour kicked off tonite in Nashville, TN. Josh Rand [Stone Sour] checked in with an update:
"Sup y'all. Josh Rand here, coming to you live from the tour bus in Nashville, TN. Killer first show tonight! Feels great being back on tour in the US for the first time in 3 years. The crowd response was great especially during "Through Glass." It was amazing hearing everyone sing along. Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the road. I'll do my best to update you guys from time to time. See you soon.
STONE SOUR are currently preparing to hit the road with Korn and Deftones on The Family Values Tour, beginning on July 29 in Nashville, TN as the August 1 release of their album COME WHAT(EVER) MAY approaches. The band’s Top 20 Modern Rock single “Through Glass” continues to build strongly at radio and its video is sure to hit a nerve with some of today’s pop culture icons. STONE SOUR--lead vocalist COREY TAYLOR and guitarist JAMES ROOT (who do double duty in multi-platinum, Grammy winners Slipknot), bassist SHAWN ECONOMAKI, guitarist JOSH RAND and drummer ROY MAYORGA--will debut the song live on national television Thursday, August 8 when they perform on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
For the song’s video, STONE SOUR worked with director Tony Petrossian (Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Head Automatica) to create a potent visual that assails the ever-growing plastic celebrity culture. In the clip--shot at a Chatsworth, CA hilltop home previously owned by Frank Sinatra--stereotypical caricatures of celebrity and entertainment industry figures are seen at a party as members of STONE SOUR wander throughout the house. C.C. Deville (of Poison fame and more recently of The Surreal Life on VH1) has a cameo as one of the revelers. The members of the band stand in sharp contrast to the farce playing out around them. The artificiality of the celebrities and industry types is underlined when they literally transform into cardboard cutouts of themselves and are picked up and carried away by stagehands. The video storyline ends with STONE SOUR performing alone in front of a sign that captures it all: “HOLLOWOOD.”
The song itself--with its reference to “An epidemic of the mannequins contaminating everything”--began when TAYLOR was “sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel,” he says. “I just remember seeing act after act of this inane, innocuous, plastic music. They were bubbly gossamer-thin groups, where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing. ‘Through Glass’ is really a very angry song. It’s me basically calling ‘bullshit’ on pretty much everyone involved with the ‘American Idol’-type shows. It has its place, but when you’re basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that’s really why I wrote this song.”
The public’s fixation on the lives of celebrities and plastic culture, as reflected in the video, is distracting people from focusing on society’s real problems, TAYLOR feels. “People are realizing now--a little too late--that they let the administration get away with things that are unconstitutional, including pardoning their white collar crime friends. A brain can only take so much before you say, ‘Good God, I need to wrap my head around something that I can deal with.’ So people go to these innocuous magazines that show the glamorous life. They want to see celebrities’ lifestyles; they don’t want to know what celebrities think for the most part. They don’t want them to be socially conscious because then they have to realize that there is a problem. ”
You can check out the video online here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/StoneSour/showVideo.aspx?fileID=1644
Stone Sour take a dig at Paris Hilton and the rest of "Hollowood," a land where all the celebrities are merely cardboard cutouts, in their video for "Through Glass". Watch the clip of the band's first single from their "Come What(ever) May" album, due to be released on August 1st, exclusively on AOL.
The video will reportedly only be online for the next four days and is available here.
Stone Sour, who are readying their new album, "Come What(ever) May" for release on August 1 through Roadrunner Records, have released a slew of promotional media and a MP3s (links follow) including full MP3s of the first two singles "30/30-150" and "Reborn."
"As soon as the fans hear this new record, they'll see it's different from anything that we have ever done," says frontman Corey Taylor. "It gives me a chance to do the singing that I love to do, the type of singing that I do when I'm walking around my house." Elaborating on how STONE SOUR differs from his work in Slipknot he reveals "With Stone Sour, I loosen up and show more of myself."
Guitarist Rand believes that the diversity of "Come What(ever) May" will be what hooks fans, and what keeps them. "This album's content will fit any mood you may be in," the guitarist says. "If you've had a bad day at work, you could crank 'Hell And Consequences.' If you need a little optimism, you could listen to 'Through Glass.' If you are feeling depressed, you could listen to 'Zzyzx Road.'"
Guitarist ROOT, who contends that life itself influenced this album, sees "Come What(ever) May" as a necessary evolution in the band's sound. "We're taking every aspect to the next level. As an artist, no matter what you do, you must evolve. That's very important to me. Some people fear change. I embrace it. This record is a testament to where I am at, musically and spiritually."
"30/30-150" - Quicktime (High Quality), Quicktime (Medium Quality), Quicktime (Low Quality), Windows Media (High Quality), Windows Media (Medium Quality), Windows Media (Low Quality)
"Reborn" - Quicktime (High Quality), Quicktime (Medium Quality), Quicktime (Low Quality)
Finally, you can check out the Stone Sour ecard with several tracks here.
Look for the band to hit the road this summer for the Family Values Tour with Korn and Deftones, beginning July 27.
As previously reported, the tracklisting for "Come What(ever) May" is as follows: More...
According to a posting on the KORN fan site KornUnleashed.net, PEEPING TOM — the new project of Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK, FANTOMAS) — has been added to The Family Values Tour 2006. The band will reportedly join the tour's second-stage lineup along with already confirmed acts 10 YEARS, BURY YOUR DEAD, BULLETS AND OCTANE and DEADSY.
The Family Values Tour 2006 billing is now shaping up as follows:
DIR EN GREY
BURY YOUR DEAD
BULLETS AND OCTANE
With the addition of a second stage and many top rock acts, fans will get even greater value from the Live Nation-produced Family Values Tour, as the festival features $9.99 lawn tickets and value-priced seating available at every outdoor amphitheatre along the tour route, making it one of the hottest tickets of the summer.
Roadrunner Records have now revealed that the final tracklisting for the new Stone Sour album, "Come What(ever) May", due to be released in the UK on July 31st and in North America on August 1st, is as follows:
2. Come What(ever) May
3. Hell & Consequences
5. Made Of Scars
7. Your God
8. Through Glass
10. 1st Person
12. Zzyxz Road
An insightful article at MTV.com looks at Corey Taylor's fight with alcoholism and attempted suicide between Stone Sour's releases. Here are some excerpts:
"I tried to jump off the balcony of the eighth floor of the Hyatt on Sunset [Boulevard] on November 14, 2003," Taylor explained. "Somehow she [his wife] stopped me. It wasn't the first time I tried to kill myself, either."
Back then, Taylor was a full-blown alcoholic. He drank from the moment he woke up to the second he blacked out, and while he says drinking didn't impair his ability to write, play and perform, it destroyed almost everything else in his life.
Stone Sour's new album, Come What(ever) May, which is due in August, is stocked with ruminations about Taylor's drinking days and confessions about his road to recovery. In "Socio," he sings, "Fear is in my heart/ Just when I stop, it starts/ And I can never live this way," and in the piano-washed "Zzyzx Rd," he softly croons, "I'm falling asleep and I can't see straight/ My muscles feel like a melee, body is curled in a U-shape."
"The first year I was sober was probably the worst year of my life," Taylor continued. "My immune system was screwed. I completely isolated myself. I was weak all the time. I didn't know who I was. Sometimes you define yourself by your vices, and I was known as the partyer. I was the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots. And all of a sudden, I had to figure out who I was without that, and it took me a long time. I pushed my wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold d---."
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Drummer Igor Cavalera has officially announced his departure from SEPULTURA.
In a statement released on June 12 to the Brazilian media, Igor attributed the split to "artistic incompatibility" with his SEPULTURA bandmates — guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. and vocalist Derrick Green.
"I believe my mission in SEPULTURA has come to an end," Igor said in the statement. "I am very proud of everything we have done, but I feel that the group's current formation no longer lives up to my expectations as a musician and a person. Since my last tour with SEPULTURA, which took place in Europe in December 2004, I have sensed that my ideas were not compatible with those of the rest of the band."
Igor, who hasn't toured with SEPULTURA since 2005, noticed that his personal ambitions were worlds apart from those of the other members of the group and he felt slightly detached from the creative process of SEPULTURA. More...