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The House of Gold & Bones, the 2 part concept album saga from Des Moines, Iowa heavy rock/metal band Stone Sour, which is fronted by none other than Slipknot main man, Corey motherfucking Taylor! Along with Jim Root who plays alongside Corey in Slipknot. The rest of the band is made up of Josh Rand (guitar), Roy Mayorga (drums) & Johnny Chow on bass, he also sports a fantastic beard, like ZZ Top quality.

House of Gold & Bones is as I said a two part concept album, which Corey had written the story to previously which is being released in comic book form as well! It’s Stone Sours 4th album since they got back together in 2003, and I must say it’s a sign they’re only maturing and becoming stronger as a band, musicians and song writers, which is always great about your favourite band if you ask me.

Part 1 of the 2 part album is 11 tracks which are as follows:

HOGAB11. ‘Gone Sovereign’
2. ‘Absolute Zero’
3. ‘A Rumor of Skin’
4. ‘The Travellers Part 1′
5. ‘Tired’
6. ‘RU486′
7. ‘My Name Is Allen’
8. ‘Taciturn’
9. ‘Influence of a Drowsy God’
10. ‘The Travellers Part 2′
11. ‘Last of the Real’

The album has a great mix of soft and heavy songs which just work and flow in to each other which is how a concept album is meant to work whilst telling the story of the main character, whose name is Allen. I always have loved concept albums, my all time favourite and first run in with them was probably the most famous one, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, so famous and well composed they even made it into an amazing movie starring Bob Geldof as the main character, Pink.

I’m going to say it now this album is extremely special to me, it is the reason why I know my best friend Kat, if it wasn’t for it I would never have met her. So this album holds a dear place in my heart, which is why I now rank it as my top album of 2012 along with Apocalyptic Love by Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

I remember when I first got the album back in October, I wasn’t overly fussed with it, but I had a lot of my plate then so I was finding it hard to get into a new album, even though I loved what I had heard before it came out. I sort of had 2 or 3 listens then put it on the back burner and just listened to my favourite songs being, Tired, Absolute Zero, Gone Sovereign and RU486. It wasn’t until I got talking to Kat and had a few more listens to it when I was more myself that I realised how amazing this album actually was and how much I loved it, since then I have clocked over 105 listens to the album. It was the only album I listened to two days straight almost after seeing Stone Sour at Soundwave this year.

It starts out right in your face with Gone Sovereign and flows into another heavy fast paced song that being Absolute Zero, which is punchy and makes you want to get up and just mosh. The songs that follow the two opening tracks are Rumor of Skin which is heavy and a fun live track whilst The Travellers Part 1 is a softer song, very calming.

Tired; my favourite song from the album and Stone Sour song in times gone by. It has such an amazing opening guitar riff. The vocals are amazing, it’s punchy but not overly heavy. I think that is made possible by the string assortment used in the song.

RU486 another favourite of mine, extremely heavy fast paced with aggressive vocals. The what seems to be gang vocals in the chorus is awesome, it adds a whole other level to the song.

My Name is Allen, this is where were finally find out our characters name, surprise surprise it’s Allen! It’s a midrange Stone Sour song, not too heavy not too soft, just right in the middle. Corey has great melody on his voice, but when doesn’t he?!

Taciturn, is a soft song, with acoustic guitar. It’s slow and mellow it’s a nice change and breaks the album up a bit where needed. Influence of a Drowsy God, starts out with a piano riff, then gets punchy with the instruments coming in all of a sudden with the vocals. It’s another mid field in terms of heavy and soft. They seem to be some of the best songs Stone Sour do.

The Travellers Part 2 a continuation of part 1, it starts out heavier than the first but just as awesome, I reckon! It soon smooths out into a more mellow song which then continues into the last song on the album The Last of the Real which is a heavy song, possibly one of the heaviest in terms of Corey’s vocals, they’re angry. He’s angry, the lyrics are angry, it works.

Over all it is a phenomenal album, I love it so much. It means the world to me since it is the reason why I know one of the kindest and most sweetest young ladies around.

It’s a great album, I suggest it for anyone who likes Stone Sour, part 2 will be coming in the coming days I hope.

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2013 is quite the year for bands that I love, it’s possibly going to be a bigger year for me musically than last year was, and last year was pretty fucking amazing I must say.

But why is 2013 so big you ask? For a start there’s a new Black Sabbath album?! BLACK FUCKING SABBATH! Sadly it’s only Ozzy, Geezer & Tony touring and doing the album since Bill Ward couldn’t get the contract he wanted or something, i’m not going to go into that since it’s a touchy subject AND it’s a grey area in my opinion.

So first up for 2013 was Bad Religion, I had forgotten they had an album in the works! I also didn’t realise it was released the day before my birthday on January 22nd! I still need to listen to the album, I assume it’ll be typical Bad Religion, but also decent.

Next up for 2013 is Australia guitar virtuoso/rock/pop chick Orianthi, if you do not know who this beautiful, talented and badass guitar chick is from Adelaide, I highly suggest you check out her first TWO albums, Violet Journey & Believe, both very different but both awesome in their own right. She’s also the lead guitarist for Alice Cooper, and Alice doesn’t pick shit musicians. Her new album Heaven in this Hell is due out end of February I cannot wait, i’ve heard a few tracks and they’re clearly more rock n’ roll, the debut single Frozen has a very Hendrix feel to it. Which ain’t a bad thing!

The third album on my radar due for 2013 is David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ on March 8th this is his first album since Reality in 2003. I am excited for this, I love Bowie, even if his post 80’s music never appealed to me. But he’s David freaking Bowie, he’s not someone you forget about or not know about. The first single he released from it was Where Are We Now, not a bad song, very Bowie-like in my opinion, the video clip was certainly different to what I was expecting, but it’s Bowie he can do what he damn well likes.

Now Wednesday 13 is meant to be releasing his new solo album ‘The Dixie Dead’ sometime in February or March, there is no confirmed date yet which is sad. I love Wednesday, he’s the artist I believe everyone should look upto. He’s independent of a label, he doesn’t fuck around releasing music, he stays active with THREE side projects, one being Murderdolls which is what gave him the fan base he has. Also he’s a great bloke to his fans.

Stone Sour! Their 2nd part of The House of Gold & Bones duo album. They’re the 2nd band in the last year which I list to to release a multi-part album, Green Day was the other one who released THREE albums within 3 months. I am excited for the second part of this album, I love Stone Sour and I really liked the first part. They’re another band which I cannot fault with their releases.

Daft Punk, i’m not a fan of any kind of electro music, but who doesn’t love Daft Punk?! Especially if you grew up as kid in the 90’s like I did. So i’ll give that a listen, plus they’re the masters of the genre, it’s a fact.

Black Sabbath, the bands first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978 when he was booted from the band and replaced with the now late Ronnie James Dio. I am hoping this is true vintage Sabbath and not modern day solo Ozzy. I also hope to see them on tour this year, but that’s looking slim to none sadly. The only gripe I have with the new Sabbath album is it’s titled ’13’ they could’ve been more original than that haha.

That’s it for confirmed albums that are coming out this year; now onto what Wikipedia has as unconfirmed for this year.

AC/DC, being an Aussie I think it’s part of our constitution that I have to love our biggest musical act. But damn AC/DC are so simple, but it goes to show simple sells and they have their formula mastered! I hope they do release an album this year, that would be amazing.

Alter Bridge, it’s known that Myles, Mark, Scott & Brian are off in Tampa (I think) currently writing & constructing the new Alter Bridge album, I only learnt of this band in recent times, about 4 years ago, but I love them, they’re an amazing modern day rock band who deserve every bit of recognition they get. They’re also phenomenal live. I hope the new album is out this year, I need more music sung by Myles Kennedy with his amazing voice.

Anthrax, I believe they have an EP coming out with a bunch of cover, which will be awesome. I love Joey Belladonnas voice and welcome more stuff with him singing on it!

Deep Purple, this band are the reason why keyboards and organs are cool in rock & metal, thank you Jon Lord. I hope they still have it even with out Ritchie Blackmore behind guitar & the late Jon Lord on keyboards.

Dream Theater, not a huge fan but their last release was a pretty solid album, one of my favourites of 2011.

Eminem, like electro not a fan of rap or hip hop, but Eminem, I have a soft spot for the white boy who made it in a black man’s game. Also I grew up hearing his music on the television & radio and it stuck with me, also he does great parody songs, which is what the world needs.

Iron Maiden, another reason why heavy metal exists. All the best bands that started heavy metal were British, it’s a fact! Their last album The Final Frontier was true modern Iron Maiden, I loved it. Was possibly the release I was most excited for in 2010. Can’t wait for more from the metal gods.

Katy Perry & Lady Gaga, it’s true I have a soft spot for their catchy pop songs. Also both are relatively good looking women, can you blame a guy for liking a popstar who dresses in scantily clad clothes and sings about kissing girls or other sexual things? I can’t.

King Diamond, the guy who dresses and looks like a gothic vampire who will suck your blood and then proceed to eat your liver with fava beans who has an incredibly amazing high falsetto voice. His solo work isn’t bad, I wouldn’t say he’s a favoruite but i’ll keep watch on what he releases for sure. Now how about a Mercyful Fate reunion?

Megadeth, it’s already known that paranoid Dave & crew have finished recording and are currently mixing the new album, hopes are that it’s not all about the gov’t are mind controlling us and all these other crazy conspiracies Mr. Mustaine manages to dream up.

Motörhead, Lemmy, love him or well fuck off. He’s Lemmy he is god. Motörhead are like AC/DC they have not changed their sound in 40 years, they don’t care. They’re one of the loudest bands on the planet, ZZ Top being one of the others. I absolutely loved Motörhead’s last studio effort, it was a top notch record.

Rob Zombie, he’s confirmed that he’s got a new album in the works, I liked Hellbilly Deluxe 2, though I hope his musical abilities haven’t taken a dive like his movie making skills look to have. *cough*Lords of Salem*cough*

Sixx:A.M. I found out the other that Nikki Sixx is writing his third album with his side project, hey Nikki Motley Crue needs a new fucking album since it’s been 5 fucking years already, one album in THIRTEEN YEARS from the band that made Glam Metal what it is, is PATHETIC. But I do look forward to another Sixx:A.M. record.

Slayer, Kerry King keeps saying that it’s coming, yeah and so is the impending doom of this world, Kerry. Recwntly he said he has no idea how Jeff Hanneman is doing in terms of rehab after he managed to get bitten by possibly a spider and contracted necrotizing fasciitis. I hope Jeff is well and able to play again, it would be a shame to see him have to hang up his guitar and leave Slayer, after Dave Lombardo he’s the main driving force musically in my opinion behind the band.

That’s pretty much it for what I am expecting in 2013 musically so far, who knows another band I love might end up with another album out this year, Dope would be awesome to an album by maybe even Airbourne or Bowling For Soup.

2012 was a great year for music, especially for the bands that defined the genres of music they helped shape. So here’s my top 10 albums of 2012!

10. ¡Uno! – Green Day.
¡Uno! Now most of my friends know I use to be a massive Green Day fan, I eventually grew out of them in a sense, especially when 21st Century Breakdown was released, I did not like that album one little. I learnt not too long before the release of ¡Uno! that Green Day was doing a 3 album release this year, so I thought I’d check it out, thinking it might bring me back as a fan. For their modern sound it’s pretty good, it’s definitely my choice out of the three releases from them. It’s earned it’s place at number 10 on my list.

 

9. Music From Another Dimension! – Aerosmith
Music From Another Dimension Aerosmith, they have been a staple band to Rock N’ Roll since 1970, they have released some classic songs like Walk This Way, Dream On & Sweet Emotion. They’re back with their 15th album, which is mile ahead of their previous releases. In my opinion, their best since Permanent Vacation. I was cautious with this release given they were once again working with outside writers. I was quite impressed with what they released, especially after hearing the first single Legendary Child. It’s a solid release from a band who should never had a crap release in the first place.

 
8. A Different Kind Of Truth – Van Halen
A Different Kind Of Truth Van Halen’s first studio effort in close to 15 years and their first in over 20 with David Lee Roth! It was great to see DLR back at the front of Van Halen, after all it’s what made Van Halen, Van Halen apart from Eddie’s guitar playing, was Dave’s voice & showmanship. I was glad they released this album, since it has possibly one of my favourite rock songs of all times on it, Blood and Fire. It proved even without Michael Anthony on backing vocals & bass the band could still power on. I also think that Wolfgang Van Halen, is quite an acceptable replacement, that kid can play bass like no one’s business!

 
7. House Of Gold & Bones Part 1 – Stone Sour
House of Gold & Bones Part 1Stone Sour, i’ve loved this band since their self titled release in 2003. What wasn’t to love from that release, it was heavy & angry. It appealed to the teenager in me! Also it had swearing, I liked swearing. This is Stone Sours 4th studio release and is part of a 2 album release. It’s a concept album, no doubt about that, it tells a story. I’m pretty impressed with it, I’ve listened to it a lot of often than I did with Audio Secrecy, which is weird considering I loved Audio Secrecy. As much as the band changes from release to release, they still seem to keep some of that original charm that made me love them.

 
6. Last Of A Dyin’ Breed – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Last Of A Dyin' BreedLynyrd Skynyrd, one of the few bands to lose a lead singer and manage to carry on and keep building a fan base. I’ve not been the biggest Skynyrd fan, I do like their staple songs, Tuesday’s Gone, Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama etc.. But this album really struck a note with me. From hearing the title track of the album I was hooked. I didn’t think Skynyrd would be a band I would ever get into properly, but weirder things have happened with me & my taste in music. As I said up there, 2012 is for sure the year for those who helped define & shaped Rock N’ Roll & their respective genres.

 
5. La Futura – ZZ Top
La FuturaThe little band from Texas as they’re sometimes referred to. Billy & Dusty both look like they could be part of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang with those beards. I was really impressed with this album, it was more of the ZZ Top I know than what they have put out in the past, spanning from new wave to dance rock (KISS anyone?) but this time it’s more the blues/rock groove of where they started. It’s definitely one of my more favourite releases from ZZ Top and of bands this year.

 
 
4. Clockwork Angels – RUSH
Clockwork AngelsThey were a band I only started listening to in the last few years, it’s something I sorely regret, since this trio can not put out a dud album. With Geddy Lee’s vocals & amazing bass skills, Neil Pearts drumming & song writing & Alex Lifeson’s guitar playing it’s a recipe for success. Clockwork Angels is the bands 19th release.. As usual they nail the whole concept album and telling a story. It also features in a few songs a full string section, which compliments the songs rather nicely. I would never have thought at the start of the year I would be placing this album so high up, but I have.

 
3. spook & Destroy EP – Wednesday 13
Spook & Destroy EPI know, I know it’s an EP (extended play) but I had to mention it, it’s a great 8 track EP by Wednesday, even if 3 are old songs redone and 3 are remixes with 2 brand new songs! It’s Wednesday 13, I don’t care i’ve supported his solo career where ever possible. I own all his solo releases, I don’t pirate his work, I attend his shows where I can, I also buy his merch! The two new songs remind of Wednesday 13 (yes I am still sour about Skeletons because it was too personal) Halloween 13-13 has a great tune to it, for some reason I just really like it.

 
 
2. All I Was – Tremonti
TremontiMark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and sadly of Creed fame more so. He’s a phenomenal guitarist and to a lesser degree song writer, though he’s still pretty good at that. I wasn’t sure what to make of this project of his, but I thought i’d check it out anyway and for a debut album it’s solid. I hope he puts out more badass metal tunes like this. Also he has a pretty damn good singing voice. It wasn’t until recently I noticed he shared vocal duties on “Words Darker Than Their Wings” with Myles on ABIII.5. Over all it’s a great album and well worthy of my #2 spot. But I kind of have a soft spot for Mark and his work especially with Alter Bridge.
 
1. Apocalyptic Love – Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Apocalyptic LoveTo anyone that knows me this should not be a surprise, given my love I have for this album, Slash & Myles Kennedy. It’s just the greatest rock album of the last 15 years or there abouts, maybe longer. I know a lot of people hate this album and call Slash a sell out for it, I don’t understand why. It’s a Rock N’ Roll album, it’s Slash, one of the more dedicated and better guitar players out there still doing what he loves. Slash has already stated he’s working on his next release with his current line up. I can’t wait for it, if it’s half as good as Apocalyptic Love then it will be awesome. it has also some great songs like Bad Rain, Apocalyptic Love, One Last Thrill & Anastasia (a real personal favourite)

Looking back whilst there were not many releases I got this year, there were still some amazing releases! Notably those I mentioned here. Even if most were from bands & artists before my time, it goes to show they haven’t gone out of style/lost it with old age.

This is my last post for 2012, see you all in the new year or something to that effect!