Many of today's rock bands are fixated on dirges that give their constipated vocalists plenty of time to explore all the ways one-note howling can be disguised as sincere emotion (we're thinking of Staind, Nickelback, Creed). Stone Sour has raised the stakes for everyone, bringing back genuine singing and riffs that could rip through concrete, and it's refreshing as hell. This is a great band and a great album -- easily among the best hard-rock records of the year.
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