They left us so long in the maelstrom. As you can see, we’re all plenty alive. Hey there and thanks for checking back in. You can probably tell the slight format change off the bat. I just thought the date looked a little weird, so I ditched it. Hope you don't mind.
As far what's being covered, I see a pattern of patterns developing here. Not so much on purpose, really. Whatever stands out to me in a given week is what I’m going to run with. And there are things I may miss as well.
Case in point: the Decemberists hitting #1 on Billboard a couple weeks ago. With no radio airplay, no video, no big corporate label push…and with records that wildly vary from one to the next…they not only went to #1, but damn-near doubled what Taylor Swift had sold two weeks prior to do so. I haven’t heard the new record, but my hat’s off to them for pulling that feat off. There’s hope for - and, it seems, from - actual music fans yet.
But neither of those are why we’re here. What got my attention this week was seeing the fate of two of the biggest hard rock bands in the world decided in one interview. Man, somebody at RoadRunner Records is having fits right now...
Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour did an interview recently where he finally gave some hard answers about the future of both bands. At this point, one sounds like it’s going on strong, and one sounds like it may be on life support.
Quick, guess which one is set to go on? Give yourself a cookie if you said Stone Sour. Taylor’s comments on that band:
"We were talking about doing [another Stone Sour album] even before Paul passed away. It’s something we’re just kind of throwing around now. It’s in its infancy, but we’ve definitely been talking about making another Stone Sour album."
Quite a few fans of good, hard rock should have no problem with this. And there’s no indication otherwise from what I’ve seen. Stone Sour started off as what looked like a vanity project on the surface, but it was clear that this was another outlet to do something different for not only Taylor, but for dual-bandmate Jim Rot as well. The outlet took on a life of its own and the band has gotten better and better with each record, stretching the boundaries of hard rock while still firmly entrenched in that realm.