The second part of STONE SOUR‘s “House Of Gold & Bones” double album is expected to be released in early April via Roadrunner Records. The effort will also be made available as a four-issue comic book.
Like the story, the “House Of Gold & Bones” album package comes in two parts. When the two pieces meet, they combine to create the “House Of Gold & Bones”.
“House Of Gold & Bones – Part 2” track listing:
01. Red City
02. Black John
08. The Uncanny Valley
09. Blue Smoke
10. Do Me A Favor
11. The Conflagration
12. The House Of Gold & Bones
When asked by ThisIsNotAScene what fans can expect from the second part of “House Of Gold & Bones”, singer Corey Taylor said: “Part 2 is much darker [than the first part], if I’m honest. Aside from it being a completely different album, it feels more like a soundtrack to a movie in a lot of ways, man. It’s really thematic. There are themes from part 1 that reveal themselves and that come again, musically. There’s actually stuff from part 2 that you’ll hear that’s on part 1 and you’ll be like, ‘Fucking hell!'”
He continued: “We essentially recorded these, and this is where technology is now, so you could have these in a playlist on your iTunes and play them top to fucking bottom and really get that experience while you read both parts. So it’s some of our darkest music, our most intricate and complex music, some of the best fucking lyrics I’ve ever written, to be honest. Even writing from a narrative like that, it was so challenging. Plus, it’s got some of our best songs on it.
“You guys think part one’s good? Fuck off. ‘Do Me A Favor’ alone is going to kick the shit out of people and that’s going to be the first single, which comes out in January, that’s going to be the first taste that people get of part 2, and people aren’t going to know what to do.”
STONE SOUR will send its new single, “Do Me A Favor”, to rock radio stations on February 12. A video is already in the planning stages, with director Phil Mucci tapped to film the clip. Taylor gave The Pulse Of Radio a preview of what to expect from the song. “It’s quite aggressive, and actually the label asked me if I would go in and tame stuff down and I was like, ‘No.’ I’m not doing that,” he said. “This is going out the way it is and I’m not gonna touch it up. I’m not gonna have people looking for a song that doesn’t exist. This is the way it is on the album, that’s the way it’s going to be when we put it out to radio.”
“House Of Gold & Bones – Part 1” came out last fall.
Taylor recently told Billboard.com recently that the group is planning a world tour in 2014 during which they will spend two nights in each city and perform both halves of its “House Of Gold & Bones” double album in their entirety.
STONE SOUR and PAPA ROACH have teamed up for a co-headlining U.S. tour that kicked off on January 20 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
DEVICE, the new industrial-style project featuring DISTURBED frontman David Draiman and former FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo, will play a number of shows this spring and summer in support of its debut album, which is due out April 9. The CD will feature guest appearances from AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows, SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler and ex-DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.
Lenardo will not be part of the DEVICE touring band due to previous commitments.
Other members of the live lineup include EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt and DOPE guitarist Virus.
In a recent interview with Artisan News, Draiman stated about Lenardo‘s absence from the road: “Geno is tied up in his own projects and doing things on his own and he wants to be able to stay close to home and spend time with his son, so he won’t be a part of the live part of this project, which is why I enlisted the services of [Will and Virus] to be partners in this project and to lend me their creative and their playing might.”
Draiman was also full of praise for his bandmates, stating: “Will is just a monster behind the kit and he definitely was one on a short, short list of guys that we were looking at. And Virus as well — a very accomplished musician in his own right, has done some amazing work with DOPE, he’s worked with a number of tremendously accomplished artists, [he’s] a great songwriter in his own right. So I definitely wanted to find the right union of people that we had a good energy together, we had a good camaraderie, and we’re ready to just take this monster of a record and unleash it on the world.”
Draiman told Noisecreep that DEVICE‘s touring plans have yet to be finalized, but that he doesn’t expect to be headlining the same venues that DISTURBED does. He explained, “I’m ready to open for other artists and I definitely don’t have any delusions of grandeur with this. It’s like going back to the beginning.”
DEVICE is the first non-DISTURBED music that Draiman has created in 16 years and he told The Pulse Of Radio why that was important to him. “This really gave me the opportunity to step outside of my box from a creative aspect and from a musical aspect,” he said. “It’s still dark, it’s still rhythmic, it’s still got my characteristic vocal delivery at times, but I definitely go places vocally on this record that I’ve never gone with DISTURBED.”
The first single from the DEVICE album, called “Vilify”, arrives at rock radio on February 19. A video is being produced as well.
Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL have set “Resilience” as the title of their fifth studio album, due on April 2 via Eleven Seven Music. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, as well as John Feldmann (THE USED, STORY OF THE YEAR), and completed the album in Dallas.
The band says of “Resilience”: “Ultimately, it isn’t a new beginning or an end. It’s a continuation of the DROWNING POOL legacy — and a fitting one at that.”
“Resilience” track listing:
01. Anytime Anyplace
02. Die For Nothing
03. One Finger And A Fist
04. Digging These Holes
05. Saturday Night
06. Low Crawl
07. Life Of Misery
08. Broken Again
10. Bleed Wth You
11. Skip To The End
12. In Memory Of
The official lyric video for “One Finger And A Fist” can be seen below.
DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton recently spoke to AOL‘s Noisecreep about the latest addition to the group lineup: singer Jasen Moreno. Moreno, who previously fronted fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, is DROWNING POOL‘s fourth and newest frontman. Jasen replaces vocalist Ryan McCombs, who exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup.
Asked how DROWNING POOL‘s chemistry has been affected by the singer changes over the years, Benton said: “Well, it’s a forced form of band evolution, I would say, certainly not something you strive for and not something that I would advise other bands to do, because it’s a lot of extra work and it’s hard on you at times, but for us, we still had a such great time with Dave [Williams, DROWNING POOL‘s original singer] and such great vibes still remains and we’ve been trying to recapture that ever since then. It feels cheap to stick with a chemistry that just doesn’t feel right and so maybe that’s why we’ve had a lot of turnover. We knew if we switched singers again that a lot of people would look at it and make comments, but for us it seemed like it was worth it to take that shot at capturing the best chemistry we ever had. So we did. Look, sometimes you have to shift gears and I’m sure some of our ex-singers feel the same way: ‘I can’t wait to get the hell out of here.'”
He added: “One thing we have learned is that each singer has strong points and weak points and we’ve learned to craft the sound of the band that will benefit the singer at the time. It can be tricky at times to learn the nuances of it, but this time around, one fortunate thing is Jasen, our new singer, is a Dallas guy, we’ve know him for years and so it’s not like having a stranger coming in. We had a great idea about him though, who he is and what he is about, and so we’ve been able to hit the ground running.”
Moreno made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8, 2012 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine, Moreno said, “I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the DROWNING POOL family. Everyone’s been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can’t praise them enough. They’ve made me feel right at home.”
“In Memory Of” was released in August 2012 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band’s original singer, Dave Williams.
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band’s debut, “Sinner”. He was replaced by Jason “Gong” Jones, who also contributed to one record, “Desensitized”, before being shown the door in 2004.
DROWNING POOL‘s video for the song “Saturday Night” was directed by Jon Bertorelli and produced by Daniel Livschultz, both of Vulpine Films.
“One Finger And A Fist” lyric video:
“Saturday Night” video:
“In Memory Of” audio stream: