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Stone Sour has made two brand new songs, "Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero," available for streaming. Both songs are taken from House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1, the first half of the group's upcoming two-disc concept album. The first CD arrives on October 23rd, while the second half will come out next year, probably in May. Frontman Corey Taylor told us that the project has turned out even better than he had hoped: "It's some of the best work we've ever done. Song-wise, guitar-wise, performance-wise, I mean, everything. It's so good. It's come out so much better than I thought it was going to. It's surpassed all of our expectations. It's really, really good."

Speaking to Rolling Stone about the making of the project, Taylor said, "Even with the time constraints we had, we basically recorded two albums in the time it takes to record one. So we were doing double-duty every day. I was tracking two songs vocally a day just to keep us on a deadline and it really pushed us to strive for excellence."

The singer also said that the band wanted to "really try and go for (a) natural vibe on this without using a ton of samples and really try to differentiate us from everybody else out there . . . we wanted to really capture a unique sound."

House Of Gold And Bones will follow up the band's third album, 2010's Audio Secrecy.

Taylor and Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root just got off the road with their other band, Slipknot, but will tour with Stone Sour later this year.

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