Corey Taylor has confirmed in a new interview that STONE SOUR has begun working on material for the follow-up to this year's "Hydrograd" album. "We've already been writing some stuff, and it's actually kind of… It looks like it's darker — [there are] some really cool, darker ideas," he said (see video below).
But Taylor cautioned that it's still too early to tell which direction STONE SOUR's next disc will take.
"It's one thing to say 'dark,' but then you never know," he said. "You could say, 'Oh, yeah, it's gonna be dark as shit,' and then you get in the studio and it's not dark at all. You're just, like, 'Well, what the hell was I talking about?' You just kind of have to go with the music. You never know."
During the same chat, which was conducted earlier this month in Russia, Taylor said that he is still overjoyed at how "Hydrograd" turned out, less than six months following the LP's release.
"We were so stoked about this album that we put our money where our mouth is — we wanted to go for it with everything that we had," he said. "We knew we had the songs, we knew we had the talent, we knew we had the attention. So let's go for it.
"To me, not only do I think it's the best work that we've ever done, but I also feel like we could put this album up against anybody, and not only would we stand our own, we would beat a lot of the shit that's out there, just because of talent, content, quality, everything — everything," he continued. "Even if this album hadn't sold well, which it did, I would still put this up against anything because of how proud I am of it."
"Hydrograd" was released on June 30 via Roadrunner Records. The disc 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 eighteen songs from which fifteen made the CD.
STONE SOUR recently announced a new North American tour for early 2018. The new dates include a co-headline tour with HALESTORM and special guests THE DEAD DEADS, set to commence on January 27 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, followed by a string of headline shows with support from RED SUN RISING and THE DEAD DEADS, which get underway February 16 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.