Come What(ever) May

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Come What(ever) May
Studio album by Stone Sour
Released July 31, 2006 (2006-07-31)
Recorded January - April 2006 at Studio 606 in Northridge, Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal, post-grunge[1]
Length 48:54
Label Roadrunner
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Stone Sour chronology
Stone Sour
(2002)
Come What(ever) May
(2006)
Live in Moscow
(2007)
Alternative cover
Special edition album cover
Singles from Come What(ever) May
  1. "30/30-150"
    Released: June 3, 2006
  2. "Through Glass"
    Released: July 22, 2006
  3. "Sillyworld"
    Released: March 9, 2007
  4. "Made of Scars"
    Released: June 11, 2007
  5. "Zzyzx Rd."
    Released: October 5, 2007

Come What(ever) May is the second studio album by American alternative metal band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Studio 606 in Los Angeles, California, and was released on August 1, 2006, through Roadrunner Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2003 when vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root were writing material for their other band, Slipknot. In January 2006 Stone Sour began recording the follow-up to their 2002 debut album Stone Sour, during which time drummer Joel Ekman left the band due to family constraints. He was eventually replaced by ex-Soulfly drummer Roy Mayorga who played on all but two tracks on the album.

Following the release of the album, Stone Sour went on to promote it for over a year; releasing five singles and touring in several regions, including the United States, Canada, Japan and several countries in Europe. The album received generally positive reviews. It was praised for showing a progression in the bands song writing ability and musical style. It was also certified Gold in the United States and Canada and the single "30/30-150" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. On June 26, 2007 Stone Sour released a special edition version of the album, it included six previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD which featured three music videos and a complete live performance of the band in Moscow. It remains their best-selling album to date, mostly due to the success of the single "Through Glass."

Production[edit]

In September 2005, lead singer Corey Taylor announced that Stone Sour would return with a second album.[2] He said that they had written over 30 songs, some during the writing process of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the third album by vocalist Taylor and guitarist James Root's other band Slipknot, and that they were working on demoing the tracks before entering the studio.[2][3] Dave Fortman was originally slated to produce the album, however, on January 22, 2006 Stone Sour began working on the album with producer Nick Raskulinecz at Dave Grohl's personal studio (Studio 606), in Los Angeles.[2][3] Time in the studio began with a week of pre-production, during which guitarist Josh Rand says producer Raskulinecz "pushed [the band] to the brink and back" to help fine-tune the songs they had previously written.[4] Though Rand and Taylor wrote most of the music and lyrics for the first album, respectively, writing for Come What(ever) May was done by all members.[5]

Following this, the band set out to record 18 tracks and work began on recording Joel Ekman's drum tracks. However, Ekman was forced to leave the studio after four weeks due to his young son's diagnosis of a brainstem glioma.[4] With the fate of the album in jeopardy, Stone Sour recruited ex-Soulfly member Roy Mayorga as a session drummer.[4] Mayorga recorded drums for all but two tracks on the album, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin performed on the track "30/30-150" and guitarist Root performed drums on the bonus track "The Day I Let Go."[6] In an interview with Revolver during the recording process vocalist Taylor talked about the differences between this album and their previous album, Stone Sour.[7] He said that pressures from fans and the record label were much larger; also noting that he "thrives on the pressure, because it gets [him] going." While promising that "the album's gonna be miles above the first one," Taylor explained that it is "more melodic and darker".[7] In late March 2006, drummer Joel Ekman officially left Stone Sour and the band was talking with a few drummers who could replace him.[8] On April 7, 2006 the recording sessions for Come What(ever) May concluded.[9] A month later session drummer Roy Mayorga joined Stone Sour on a full-time basis.[10]

Promotion[edit]

It was announced in March 2006 that Stone Sour's second album, which was tentatively titled "Come What May," would be released on July 18, 2006.[8] However, the release date for the album was pushed back until August 22.[11] Due to the delay Stone Sour released a music video for the track "Reborn", which featured footage of the band working on the album in the studio.[11][12] The cover artwork from the album was released online on May 20, 2006.[13] Shortly after, it was confirmed by a representative from the band's record label Roadrunner that the release date had been brought forward, and the official release date would be August 1, 2006.[14] On July 31, 2006, the day before its release the album was made available online for streaming in its entirety through AOL.[15]

On May 22, 2006 the first single from the album, "30/30-150", was made available online as a free MP3 download.[13] A music video for the single was shot with director P.R. Brown in Los Angeles, the video received a premier on MTV's Headbangers Ball on June 3, 2006.[16] Prior to the release of the second single from the album, "Through Glass", radio stations throughout the US showed high support for the song.[17] A music video for the single was shot with director Tony Petrossian and was released on June 9, 2006 online through Yahoo!.[18] The third single from the album, "Sillyworld", began receiving radio airplay in November 2006.[19] A music video for the single was shot in January 2007 and was released online on March 8, 2007.[20][21] The fourth single from the album, "Made of Scars", featured a music video which was recorded live on April 7, 2007 and was posted online on June 5, 2007.[22][23] The fifth and final single from the album, "Zzyzx Rd.", started receiving radio airplay in Fall 2007 and no music video was made for the single.[24]

The band began touring in support of the album prior to its release, initiating touring with several free shows in the US.[25][26] Followed by multiple appearances at festivals in Europe.[11] They then joined Korn for their 2006 edition of Family Values Tour across the US, which featured 33 dates across 3 months.[27] On August 8, 2006 Stone Sour made a special guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote and perform their second single "Through Glass."[28] They also performed at the Japanese festival Summer Sonic midway through the Family Values Tour.[29] Then through November and December 2006, Stone Sour joined Disturbed for their Music as a Weapon Tour.[30] In January 2007 Stone Sour joined Evanescence for a Canadian tour,[31] followed by a headlining tour of Europe.[32] They then headlined the Spring 2007 Jägermeister Music Tour across the US,[33] followed by headlining tours in Australia and Japan.[34] They then started a tour in Europe playing festivals and select headline shows.[35] They wrapped up touring in support of the album with a headlining tour in the US through August and September in 2007.[36]

Special edition[edit]

On June 26, 2007, Stone Sour released a special edition version of the album with six previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD. The DVD featured a full concert performance by the band from October 2006 in Moscow and the music videos for "30/30-150," "Through Glass," and "Sillyworld."[37] When talking about the special edition, vocalist Taylor said, "we really wanted to do something which was really cool," saying that this shows the band's different musical elements and them in their live element, which he says "people really gravitate towards."[38] In addition to this, Stone Sour released a live album of their concert in Moscow exclusively on iTunes, entitled Live in Moscow.[39]

Musical style[edit]

In an interview with MTV in 2006, vocalist Corey Taylor said that Come What(ever) May was a return to the roots of the band, stating it is "a lot more from the spirit of what the band started with in 1992."[3] Noting how some songs were "very atmospheric," while others maintained "the hard rock and the heavy stuff."[3] Jon Wiederhorn of MTV said that "for every thrash riff there's a tunefully grungy passage, for every flailing guitar line there's a rock-radio hook."[40] When talking about the track "30/30-150", he said parts are "bludgeoning, barbed and heavy," while others are "soaring and triumphant," with the production of Raskulinecz helping balance the album's heaviness with its radio-accessibility.[40] Come What(ever) May's lyrics include themes of "pain, pleasure, happiness, and grief."[7] The diversity in subjects is evident throughout the album, songs including "Come What(ever) May" were politically influenced while the track "Socio" is about "social anxiety attacks" that vocalist Taylor suffered.[7] "Zzyzx Rd" is a love song written to Taylor's wife for helping him in his struggles against alcoholism and contemplation of suicide.[3][40] "I've never written anything like that before, but it was very important for me to tell the world not only how much she saved me, but how much she means to me," said Taylor.[7] Taylor said there is a common thread with the lyrics throughout the album, saying that they are "about never forgetting where you came from, who you are and why you do this."[40]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
411mania.com 8.0/10[41]
About.com 3.5/5 stars[42]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[43]
Blabbermouth.net 7.5/10[44]
IGN 4.8/10[45]
MusicOMH 3/5 stars[46]

Come What(ever) May was met with generally positive critical reviews. Several reviewers noted on how it helped to further establish Stone Sour. Chad Bower of About.com stated that the band had "progressed a lot since their debut", noting that the album was "very diverse and [allows] the band to show many different sides of their musical personality."[42] Megan Frye of Allmusic opens her review of the album by distinguishing what sets Stone Sour apart musically, stating "[it's their] ability to create smooth, radio-friendly alternative metal songs while simultaneously not boring the people who have heard way too much from post-grunge groups."[1] On a similar note, Michael Melchor of 411mania said "the band is much better at the craft of songwriting than many of their peers."[41] However in contrast, reviewer William Fry of IGN criticized the album, saying "Stone Sour doesn't do anything inspired, original, or fresh here" even calling the album "completely misdirected, and stonewalled."[45] A particular point of interest for reviewers was how Come What(ever) May is more melodic than their previous album Stone Sour. Melchor of 411mania said the album is "much more liberal with the balladry and acoustic sounds than its predecessor," noting on the track "Sillyworld" he said "it sounds like what Nickelback could be if Chad Kroeger could write a good melody".[41] In his review, Chad Bower labeled Come What(ever) May as a "very melodic and accessible album" stating that "it has a little something for everyone."[42] Similarly, Megan Frye triumphed the album as an "unyielding effort from a promising talent".[1]

Come What(ever) May sold over 80,000 copies in its first week and debuted at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 in the United States,[47] and went on to be certified gold in the UK, Canada and the United States.[48][49] In 2007, the single "30/30-150" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards.[50]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stone Sour

No. Title Length
1. "30/30-150"   4:18
2. "Come What(ever) May"   3:39
3. "Hell & Consequences"   3:31
4. "Sillyworld"   4:08
5. "Made of Scars"   3:23
6. "Reborn"   3:11
7. "Your God"   4:44
8. "Through Glass"   4:42
9. "Socio"   3:20
10. "1st Person"   4:01
11. "Cardiff"   4:42
12. "Zzyzx Rd."   5:15
Total length:
48:54

On the iTunes deluxe version, the pop version of "Zzyzx Rd." replaced the original version as the 12th track.

Special edition DVD[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Stone Sour
  • Corey Taylorvocals, additional guitar on "Sillyword", "Through Glass", "Zzyzx Rd." and "Wicked Game"
  • James Root − guitars, drums on "The Day I Let Go"
  • Josh Rand − guitars
  • Shawn Economaki − bass guitar
  • Roy Mayorga − drums (Tracks 2 to 14, 16)
Guest musicians
Technical personnel
Bonus DVD credits
  • Victor Logachev − concert producer
  • Stepan Popov − concert producer
  • Dave "Shirt" Nichols − concert audio mixer
  • Nina Bell − negotiations
  • Roman Geigert − camera
  • Dmitri Shevelev − camera
  • Anna Gogichaishvili − camera
  • Alexei "Siid" Tsarev − camera, editing
  • Dmitri Grekulov − camera
  • Dima "Brain" Zvjagin − camera
  • Kiril Chapligin − coordination
  • Artem Butsenko − recording and sound post-production, editing
  • Dmitri Makhov − chief production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[51] 21
Austria Albums Chart[52] 13
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[53] 34
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[54] 82
Canadian Albums Chart[55] 6
Finnish Albums Chart[56] 21
French Albums Chart[57] 56
German Albums Chart[58] 18
Irish Albums Chart[59] 33
Japanese Albums Chart[60] 44
Netherlands Albums Chart[61] 33
New Zealand Albums Chart[62] 31
Swedish Albums Chart[63] 30
Swiss Albums Chart[64] 25
UK Albums Chart[65] 27
US Billboard 200[55] 4
US Digital Albums Chart[55] 4
US Rock Albums Chart[55] 1
US Tastemakers Albums Chart[55] 3

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