Hydrograd

Hydrograd is the sixth and most recent studio album by American rock band Stone Sour. Recorded at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, it is the follow-up to the band's 2012–2013 double concept album, House of Gold & Bones Part 1 and 2. It was released worldwide on June 30, 2017 via Roadrunner Records. Hydrograd also had a special album premier with commentary on each song from frontman Corey Taylor on June 29, 2017 on Octane (Sirius XM). Two singles were released in promotion of the album ahead of its release: "Fabuless" and "Song #3". A third single, "Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)", was released on September 13, 2017. On October 24, 2017, Hydrograd won the award for Hard Rock Album of the Year at the Loudwire Music Awards. On April 4, 2018, the album's fourth single, “St. Marie” was released. Hydrograd is the first album to be produced without founding guitarist Jim Root, as he departed Stone Sour in 2014 to focus more on his and Corey's other band Slipknot. On August 23, 2018, the album's fifth single, "Knievel Has Landed" has been released. Hydrograd is the last album before singer Corey Taylor announced that Stone Sour will enter an indefinite hiatus on August 10, 2020.

Hydrograd
Stone Sour Hydrograd.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
Recorded2017
StudioSphere Studios, North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Genre
Length65:14
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerJay Ruston
Stone Sour chronology
Straight Outta Burbank...
(2015)
Hydrograd
(2017)
Hello, You Bastards: Live in Reno
(2019)

BackgroundEdit

According to Johny Chow, the record is said to be a departure from previous Stone Sour albums, more of a rock-and-roll album. He also mentions that the album has more of a groove feel to it and very melodic with large choruses added to it. A total of 19 songs were recorded, with 15 making the final cut on the standard edition, while the other 4 were later released on the deluxe version.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
Blabbermouth.net          [6]
Cryptic Rock     [7]
Kerrang!     [8]
Loudwire(Positive)[9]
Rock Sins          [10]
Metal Injection          [11]

Reviews for Hydrograd were very positive. Ali Cooper of Rock Sins gave the record a 10 out of 10, calling it a risk-taking gem for Stone Sour and Slipknot fans.[10]

Commercial performanceEdit

Hydrograd debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 album-equivalent units, with 30,000 of that figure coming from pure album sales.[12] Hydrograd would go on to win Hard Rock Album of the Year in the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Corey Taylor; all music composed and performed by Stone Sour.

No.TitleLength
1."YSIF" (instrumental)2:02
2."Taipei Person/Allah Tea"5:16
3."Knievel Has Landed"4:01
4."Hydrograd"4:37
5."Song #3"4:16
6."Fabuless"4:00
7."The Witness Trees"4:45
8."Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)"4:56
9."Thank God It's Over"3:36
10."St. Marie"4:27
11."Mercy"3:23
12."Whiplash Pants"4:19
13."Friday Knights"5:17
14."Somebody Stole My Eyes"3:47
15."When the Fever Broke"6:32
Total length:65:14
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
16."Burn One Turn One"3:19
17."Unchained" (Van Halen cover)3:25
Total length:71:58
Deluxe edition[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Burn One Turn One"3:19
2."Bootleg Ginger"3:36
3."Live Like You're on Fire"4:33
4."Subversive"3:55
5."Unchained" (Van Halen cover)3:25
6."Bombtrack" (Rage Against the Machine cover)4:13
7."Outshined" (Soundgarden cover Live at Sphere Studios)5:15
8."Song #3" (acoustic)3:56
9."Mercy" (acoustic)3:21
10."Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)" (acoustic)4:53
11."The Witness Trees" (acoustic)4:25
12."Mercy" (Live at Sphere Studios)3:25
13."Fabuless" (Live at Sphere Studios)4:03
Total length:52:10

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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