Stone Sour bassist Johnny Chow described the band’s upcoming album, Hydrograd, as “a straight rock and roll album,” adding that it’s “a little bit of a departure” from the band’s previous output. Speaking with Detroit radio station WRIF, Chow said, “This album is just a straight rock and roll album. There’s some kind of Foo Fighters-meets-Cheap Trick, but there’s also groove-heavy stuff. It’s not heavy in the way of Slayer . . . It’s just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We’ve got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them.”

  • He added: “This album is a little bit of a departure from previous Stone Sour albums. We think it’s the best one yet.”
  • Chow said that the group recorded a total of 18 songs, of which 14 or 15 will make the final track list. He also remarked that the band “recorded the whole album live,” explaining, “We didn’t do it piece by piece in Pro Tools and chop it up . . . we really were able to capture that raw, aggressive feel and tone.”
  • Hydrograd is Stone Sour’s sixth full-length studio album and will arrive in June.
  • Stone Sour will play the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18th at Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio. The event will start the Rock On The Range weekend, with Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn headlining this year’s festival.
  • Stone Sour will also be special guests of Korn on the latter act’s “Serenity Of Summer” trek, which starts on June 16th in Salt Lake City and wraps on August 2nd in Cleveland.