Audio Secrecy

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Audio Secrecy
Studio album by Stone Sour
Released September 7, 2010
Recorded 2010 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock, heavy metal, post-grunge
Length 54:23
Label Roadrunner
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Stone Sour chronology
Live in Moscow
(2007)
Audio Secrecy
(2010)
House of Gold & Bones – Part 1
(2012)
Singles from Audio Secrecy
  1. "Mission Statement"
    Released: June 21, 2010
  2. "Say You'll Haunt Me"
    Released: July 6, 2010
  3. "Digital (Did You Tell)"
    Released: November 21, 2010 (UK, US, Japan)
  4. "Hesitate"
    Released: February 11, 2011 (Germany, France, Italy)

Audio Secrecy is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. On June 10, the band released a free download of "Mission Statement", which was later released as a single on iTunes. The first official single, "Say You'll Haunt Me", however, was released on July 6, 2010. Audio Secrecy is also the first album by the band to not feature a 'Parental Advisory' sticker and is dedicated to Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who had died earlier in 2010. It is also the band's last album to feature bassist Shawn Economaki.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Associated Press positive[3]
Evigshed 10/10[4]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[5]
Rock Sound 9/10[6]
411mania.com 7.0/10[7]

Audio Secrecy received generally positive reviews from music critics. Tim Grierson of About.com compared the band to Slipknot stating that Stone Sour delivers loud and powerful love songs and that the album in whole displayed Corey Taylor's flexibility in music.[1] Gregory Heaney of Allmusic praised Taylor's voice stating that he has made full use of his voice "from guttural to soaring". He also related the "chugging guitar" work of the album to that of Deftones.[2]

Lenny Vowels, a senior critic of 411mania.com awarded the album seven out of ten stars summarizing his review by stating "Stone Sour's newest record does seem to yearn for new heights, but for some reason can't quite reach them. The mood is definitely darker than their previous two albums, though that doesn't mean it's better. Basically, what's good on the album is great, and while nothing's bad, the rest doesn't come off as anything special either. In the band's personal history, I'd rank it above Come What(ever) May overall, but their self-titled album still leads the pack. Either way, this record is worth having if you're a fan of the band, but don't expect much in the way of new."[7]

Sales[edit]

Audio Secrecy debuted in the top 10 in various countries. In the US it sold 46,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No.6 on the Billboard 200.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stone Sour

No. Title Length
1. "Audio Secrecy"   1:44
2. "Mission Statement"   3:51
3. "Digital (Did You Tell)"   4:01
4. "Say You'll Haunt Me"   4:25
5. "Dying"   3:02
6. "Let's Be Honest"   3:45
7. "Unfinished"   3:11
8. "Hesitate"   4:17
9. "Nylon 6/6"   3:39
10. "Miracles"   4:08
11. "Pieces"   4:31
12. "The Bitter End"   3:34
13. "Imperfect"   4:23
14. "Threadbare"   5:47
Total length:
54:23

Unreleased songs[edit]

At least two more songs were created during the Audio Secrecy recording sessions. One of them is called "The Pessimist". The song is mentioned in the official Stone Sour biography. "For guitarist Josh Rand, the track 'The Pessimist' holds a special significance. 'It's the heaviest song we've done up to this point. I spent a day and a half studying the Hindu scale for the lead. The guitar solo for that song has a very Eastern sound.' The song sees Rand shredding with a precise, powerful solo that's melodic and metallic. All the while, it preserves a unique feel."[9] Rand stated that they will release the song in the future, but they don't know when or how yet.[citation needed] "The Pessimist" is on the soundtrack of Transformers: Dark of the Moon as an iTunes exclusive track. It is also available on their Facebook page as a free download.

There's also a recording of a spoken word by Corey Taylor, simply titled '2010' (confirmed by Corey) just like "Omega" and "The Frozen" on the previous records. A statement about this by Corey Taylor on MTV UK on Twitter: "I recorded one but we just decided not to release it ~Corey".[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Stone Sour
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[10] 6
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[12] 28
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[13] 31
Canadian Albums Chart[14] 6
Finnish Albums Chart[15] 23
French Albums Chart[16] 29
German Albums Chart[17] 3
German LP-Downloads Chart[18] 6
Greek Albums Chart[19] 24
Irish Albums Chart[20] 19
Italian Albums Chart[21] 89
Japanese Albums Chart[22] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[23] 16
New Zealand Albums Chart[24] 12
Spanish Albums Chart[25] 94
Swedish Albums Chart[26] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[27] 7
UK Albums Chart[28] 6
Billboard 200[14] 6
Alternative Albums Chart[14] 2
Digital Albums Chart[14] 5
Hard Rock Albums Chart[14] 2
Rock Albums Chart[14] 2
Tastemakers Albums Chart[14] 6

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