Fueled by hit single "Say You'll Haunt Me," new STONE SOUR album Audio Secrecy (Roadrunner Records) entered Billboard's Top 200 this week at No. 6, making it the second consecutive top ten debut for the 3-time Grammy nominated quintet. The band also claimed the top spot on the iTunes Rock Album Chart, shooting straight to No. 1 with a special edition of the record, which included three bonus tracks. Internationally, the album garnered the highest debuts of the band's career including top 5 charts in Germany, Japan and Austria, as well as top 10 in the UK and Australia.
Since its release in early July, "Say You'll Haunt Me" has climbed the charts to become a bonafide smash: the track is currently No. 3 at Active Rock, No. 5 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart and No. 12 at Modern Rock, equaling an audience of more than 13 million. The song's companion clip is the No. 2 Most Played Video on MTV2 and is No. 3 on Fuse's Rock Countdown.
The album looks to maintain momentum with follow-up single "Hesitate," which already reached No. 11 on the iTunes Rock Singles Chart without the benefit of a radio campaign. The group will shoot a video for the song on September 20th in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (Jack White/Alicia Keys, Avenged Sevenfold, John Mayer) and directing collective BETA MOVEMENT/Skulley FX.
Revolver magazine hailed the record for being a diverse balance of melodic metal, hard rock, infused with radio ready choruses, psychedelic tinged tunes, and heart-bare ballads; the Las Vegas Review Journal praised the disc's "hooky, radio-ready jams full of muscular melody" and Popmatters called it an "archetypal album," one that "defines what new bands in the hard rock and alternative metal scene should aspire to." Associated Press said the record "packs a punch," adding, "Whatever music store shelf Stone Sour lands on, metal or hard rock, they've proven one thing on Audio Secrecy-they can do extremely well in both and have delivered some anthem worthy material."
Stone Sour (lead vocalist Corey Taylor, guitarists James Root and Josh Rand, bassist Shawn Economaki and drummer Roy Mayorga) are playing songs from the album during their current tour with the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Following Uproar, the band will criss-cross the globe playing Loudpark in Japan, followed by dates in Europe in October/November then hitting the Soundwave Festival in Australia next year. Remaining Uproar dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
Wed 9/15 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Fri 9/17 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
Sat 9/18 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*
Sun 9/19 Tempe, AZ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
Tue 9/21 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Wed 9/22 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
Fri 9/24 Spokane, WA Greyhound Park
Sat 9/25 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre*
Sun 9/26 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
Tue 9/28 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed 9/29 Calgary, AB Saddledome
Thur 9/30 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Sat 10/2 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Sun 10/3 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Mon 10/4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum