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Video Premiere: STONE SOUR’s ‘Mercy’

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Thursday, 15 June 2017
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“Mercy”, the new video from STONE SOUR, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, “Hydrograd”, which will be released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records.

“Hydrograd” track listing:

01. YSIF
02. Taipei Person/Allah Tea
03. Knievel Has Landed
04. Hydrograd
05. Song #3
06. Fabuless
07. The Witness Trees
08. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)
09. Thank God It’s Over
10. St. Marie
11. Mercy
12. Whiplash Pants
13. Friday Knights
14. Somebody Stole My Eyes
15. When The Fever Broke

“Hydrograd” was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX and STEEL PANTHER.

The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD.

STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor previously stated about “Hydrograd”: “We have six singles on this album. I’m really excited. This album is great because it’s got elements of everything. It’s got the heavy energy of the ’80s, there’s punk moments, there’s hard rock moments — all the great amalgam of music. There’s even jazz and hip-hop moments; it’s really, really cool. It’s probably the coolest album I’ve made since the first SLIPKNOT album. I feel very confident making that statement because it’s so good.”

Bassist Johnny Chow described the disc as “a straight rock and roll album” in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, adding, “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.”

Chow called the record a “bit of a departure” from previous STONE SOUR albums.

Regarding the “Hydrograd” title, Taylor told told Detroit radio station WRIF that he was running through an “antiquated” airport in Eastern Europe a few years ago where the gate info was “on those old-school ’80s block-letter, number, digital horrible Timex watch kind of readers” and scrolling between different languages. As he ran past, Taylor thought he saw the word “Hydrograd.”

Taylor said: “So my brain is trying to do geometry while also at a sprint because I don’t wanna miss my plane. I pass one and I look up and I could have swore it said ‘Hydrograd.’ And I kept running for a second and I was, like, ‘Hydrograd? Where the hell is Hydrograd? What?'”

Taylor eventually realized that the word wasn’t “Hydrograd,” recalling, “It didn’t even start with an ‘H.’ It wasn’t even close.” But he still remembered the word, saying, “It’s a cool name. It was what I saw but didn’t really see.”

STONE SOUR will be special guests of KORN on the latter act’s “Serenity Of Summer” trek, which starts on June 16 in Salt Lake City and wraps on August 2 in Cleveland.

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