Stone Sour's second studio monster of an album turns 10 today, let’s fondly remember while we celebrate its release.
10 years is a long time where a lot can happen. 10 years ago I was living in Australia, had just turned 21 and had no real direction in life. Now I consider myself an Aussie Londoner, with a purpose that drives me every day. The reason I’m starting today’s review like this is to really show how much can change in a decade.
Because on this day 10 years ago while I was lost in a beer daze in Perth, Stone Sour released their second and widely regarded best album Come What(ever) May.
Written at first by Corey Taylor and Jim Root before producer Nick Raskulinecz reworked it with the whole band to fine tune each track before recording at Studio 606 (Dave Grohl’s personal studio) in LA.
Refusing to just do one style, Come What(ever) May encompasses an impressive range, for every heavy riff there’s a radio ready rock hook or a flailing guitar line and even a tunefully grungy passage.
‘30/30-150’ was the first single off the album and was something a bit personal for lead singer Corey Taylor as the title comes from his jeans size and his weight when he was in high school, where everyone though he wouldn’t amount to much and he is now proving them wrong.
My favourite track has and will always be ‘Through Glass’ the way it starts acoustically and slow before it builds up into a masterful frenzy, it’s only recently that I learnt it was a shot from Taylor at the music industry and how the singer/songwriter revolution was over and mainstream music media was (and still is) dominated by pop and radio friendly people (not artists!) who sold their soul to Lucifer for their 10 minutes of fame (and still do).
‘Zzyzx Rd’ is another classic of Come What(ever) May, a love song thanking his wife who helped him beat his alcoholism and thoughts of suicide which starts off with Taylor’s soft vocals backed by piano, before finally picking up tempo almost a third of the way in.
The album was met with rave reviews all over, and had I been doing music journalism back then I would have agreed, it further established the band as its own standalone entity rather than “just” a side project.
10 years on is still a massive fan favourite with plenty of airtime for the tracks on the radio and still being played at shows, when I saw Corey Taylor live in May a lot of what he did was Stone Sour and most came off this record.
Come What(ever) May seems almost like therapy for Taylor, who exorcised himself of some demons as it was quite personal. Corey stated there is a common theme with the lyrics, saying it’s “about never forgetting where you came from, who you are and why you do this” I never have and never will.