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Corey Taylor To Pen Comic Book Companion To House Of Gold & Bones!

| 11 October 2012 | Reply

October 11, NEW YORK, NY—Grammy-nominated musician and best-selling author Corey Taylor, the lyricist and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour, is setting down the microphone and putting ink and images to paper in his new project with Dark Horse Comics—House of Gold & Bones!

With stunning covers from Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Abe Sapien), this limited four-issue series marks Corey Taylor’s debut in the comics genre. “I’ve been a die-hard fan of comics, on every level, my entire life,” says Taylor. “This has been a dream of mine for years now, and this project was tailor made for a comic, no pun intended. I couldn’t have picked a better company than Dark Horse to make this a reality. I have loved several of their titles for many years, going back to ’92. If we can get this crazy world out of my head and onto the canvas, it’ll be the best thing I’ve ever attempted. And with Dark Horse, I have every confidence that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

House of Gold & Bones is a unique multimedia experience which includes two Stone Sour albums via Roadrunner Records (release date for Part 1 is October 22, with Part 2 following in 2013), videos, online presence, creative album packaging, live shows, and now the Dark Horse Comics series. Each element will follow and expand on the story. Taylor, already an internationally best-selling author, courtesy of last year’s Seven Deadly Sins, wrote the story—as well as the lyrics for the twenty-three tracks that make up the two albums—as a linear story line. The Stone Sour songs set the tone and follow the action, with Taylor’s House of Gold & Bones comic expanding on the story.

Corey Taylor will be signing in the Dark Horse Booth at New York Comic Con Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m.!

Stone Sour’s House of Gold & Bones Part 1 album is on sale October 22, 2012!

House of Gold & Bones issue #1 is on sale April 17, 2013!

Check out the exclusive interview with Corey Taylor on USAToday!

About Dark Horse: Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The MaskGhost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsMass Effect, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEmily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

ABOUT COREY TAYLOR: 

  • Corey Taylor is the front man and lyricist for Slipknot and Stone Sour, rock bands which have sold millions of albums and earned multiple Grammy Awards and nominations.
  • Taylor is a New York Times Best-selling author who wrote Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good.  It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List for four weeks and on the Times of London‘s Bestseller List for five weeks. The book was not a typical rock memoir, but rather Taylor’s unique take on the subject and nature of sin.
  • Through rock music, Taylor has established himself as a pre-eminent voice of his generation. Taylor has worked with a broad spectrum of artists, including Dave GrohlTravis BarkerApocalypticaDream Theater and many more.
  • Last year Taylor was invited to speak at the esteemed Oxford University, his speech was featured on the cover of the NY Times Arts Section.
  • Taylor, a lifelong comic book fan, will also release his first comic through Dark Horse Comics soon.  It tells the story of Stone Sour’s double concept album House of Gold & Bones.
  • He and Slipknot band mate M. Shawn Crahan are partners a production company called Living Breathing Films.
  • Taylor has hosted the Kerrang! Awards in the U.K. three times. Corey Taylor recently received the “Legend” Award from Metal Hammer.
  • Taylor is also a philanthropist, as well, having written and performed the holiday song “X-M@$!,” the proceeds of which benefitted the Teenage Cancer Trust.

STONE SOUR BIO: Stone Sour don’t play it safe on their fourth offering, House of Gold & Bones — Parts 1 & 2.

House of Gold & Bones Parts 1 & 2 is a collection of 23 tracks that follow an immersive, linear storyline. Part 1 – the first 11 songs – will be released on October 22, 2012.  Part 2 will be released next year, completing the story.  The songs set the tone and follow the action, but House of Gold & Bones is a multimedia experience. Videos, an online presence, album packaging, the live show and even a graphic novel will all follow and expand on the story. It’s a lofty undertaking, but Stone Sour have never shied away from a challenge. With them, it’s par for the course.

The gold-selling Iowa hard rock outfit has sold over four million albums worldwide over the course of three full-length releases. Their self-titled debut and sophomore effort Come What(ever) May both exceeded Gold status, while 2010’s Audio Secrecy debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. Their arsenal includes number one singles such as “Through Glass,” “Say You’ll Haunt Me” and “Bother,” and three Grammy Award nominations. Given those accomplishments, it’d be easy for the band—Corey Taylor [Vocals], James Root [Guitar], Josh Rand [Guitar], and Roy Mayorga [Drums]—to tread the same ground with very successful results.  But they completely flip the globe on its axis this time around.

“To us, this was bigger than just a collection of songs,” says Rand. “We wanted to do something really special, and it started when Corey told us about the concept. There was a big mission, and everything tied in from the story to the music. We all put a lot into this, and everybody contributed immensely.”

“At the end of the day, if you’re not risking it all, you’re not gaining anything,” Taylor affirms. “There’s a whole musical realm I haven’t even tackled yet. I’ve never been into writing the same shit over and over again. The minute I get bored is the minute I bail. It was exciting to be neck-deep in the creation of House of Gold & Bones, knowing we were pushing the boundaries of what we’d done before.”

The band began pushing those boundaries as soon as they entered Soundfarm Studios in Jamaica, Iowa with producer David Bottrill [Tool, Muse, Staind] in early 2012. After he and Root finished up on the road with Slipknot, Taylor holed himself up at home and recorded 15 demos, also penning the story of House of Gold & Bones during an extremely creative spell (Taylor’s debut book Seven Deadly Sins was released last year, and is an international bestseller).  The musicians worked out a skeleton for the songs so they could collectively begin the recording process with a clear and direct vision. Then, Bottrill helped them hone everything even further into the 23 songs comprising the record in only three months.

Rand adds, “In the world of Pro Tools, everything can be perfect. We didn’t want that. We wanted a live, natural feel with the organic sound of the instruments intact. David was able to capture exactly what went to tape. He got the best out of us, and it was amazing to watch him do that. I don’t know of any other producer who could get the same results in the time frame we had.”

“In my eyes, David was custom-made for this project,” enthuses Taylor. “I knew he would help us trim the fat and get to the essence of the songs. I also knew he’d push us performance-wise to go above and beyond anything we had ever done before in a short span of time. He immediately got it, and he was born to make these two albums.”

Not only was it Stone Sour’s first time collaborating with Bottrill, they welcomed legendary Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan into the fold to record with them. Bolan also shared their vision and dove headfirst into the world of House of Gold & Bones wholeheartedly.

Taylor reveals, “I’ve been a Skid Row fan since I was young. They were actually one of my first favorite bands. We met Rachel on the last Stone Sour tour. One night, Josh, Roy and I were sitting at my kitchen table, and Josh brought him up to play bass. We thought it was perfect, and I called him that night. It was fate he could do it, and he schooled it.”

This journey commences with the double salvo of “Gone Sovereign” and the first single “Absolute Zero.” During the former, a guttural riff grooves through a dead soundscape before snapping into incendiary thrash as Taylor’s voice commands with a vicious scream. Not to mention, there’s some scorching fretwork from Rand and Root.

“It’s such a one-two punch right out of the gate,” says the vocalist. “It’s unrelenting. ‘Gone Sovereign’ is different from anything we’ve ever done, but it’s reminiscent of music we grew up listening to. It has that gutter punk, old school thrash vibe. It’s the overture. It sets the tone for what you’re about to be put through.”

“Absolute Zero” which roars with a rousing anthemic refrain that’s as potent as it is poetic. “It’s the anti-hero anthem,” Taylor reveals. “The main character, The Human, puts it all on the plate and declares, ‘This is what I am. There’s no reason for you to assume anything.’ It’s a character study for the ‘Hero’ of the story. This sets the scene for where this person is when he finds himself in this fantastic world. It’s the ramp for Evel Knievel to jump off of.”

Listeners are jumping into an immersive world here. The band prefaced the record with an interactive “Scavenger Hunt” that unlocked the cover and the first two songs on the official House of Gold & Bones website, where record secrets will continually be uncovered. Taylor is currently prepping a graphic novel to go along with it.

As for the story itself, it sees the protagonist at a physical and philosophical crossroads faced with weighty decisions that will impact whether or not he wakes from the dream in which he’s trapped. To a degree, it reflects a crossroads the writer himself stood at.

“There’s a good chunk of the album that’s autobiographical,” admits Taylor. “It’s been a long road for me trying to get from being this youthful crazy person to this more mature crazy person. There are all of these twists and turns that come along with getting your shit together. At the same time, I never use a name in the story. I wanted to reinforce the mirror effect where you read it and can see yourself in it.”

Rand leaves off, “There’s a thrill in doing something completely unpredictable. This is our next evolution.”

“It’s not just another level,” concludes Taylor. “It’s a different level. We’re looking at everything from a three-dimensional standpoint. House of Gold & Bones feels ready to explode.”

House of Gold & Bones, Part 1 Track Listing:

1. Gone Sovereign

2. Absolute Zero

3. A Rumor of Skin

4. The Travelers, Pt. 1

5. Tired

6. RU486

7. My Name is Allen

8. Taciturn

9. Influence of a Drowsy God

10. The Travelers, Pt. 2

11. Last of the Real

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