Roy’s re­turn

Stone Sour back with al­bum num­ber six

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Plenty has changed in the Stone Sour camp be­tween the record­ing of 2013’s House Of Gold And Bones Part2 and its fol­low-up, Hy­dro­grad.

For starters, the lat­ter is the first to fea­ture not one but two new mem­bers of the band, guitarist Chris­tian Mar­tucci and bassist Johny Chow who have re­placed Jim Root and Shawn Econo­maki in those re­spec­tive roles. Drum­mer Roy May­orga re­veals that the switch re­sulted in a change of dy­namic as the band worked on the early Hy­dro­grad ses­sions. It also had a ma­jor im­pact on the way that Roy tracked his kit when they made it to Francesco Camelli’s Sphere Stu­dio in Los An­ge­les.

“The whole dy­namic of the band changed, and the song­writ­ing style,” he tells us. “To play live to­gether brought a whole new el­e­ment to my drum­ming. I didn’t even use a click track, ex­cept for maybe the first few bars to just give me a ref­er­ence point for the tempo. Af­ter that we just played live and that added a whole new dy­namic to the band in terms of play­ing and record­ing.”

While much of the record may have been char­ac­terised by change, when it came to track­ing drums Roy wasn’t rein­vent­ing the wheel.

“I used the orig­i­nal set-up that I had when I first joined Stone Sour. It was my ebony-stain, gold- hard­ware DW Col­lec­tor’s Se­ries kit. That kit sounds killer.” Even though it’s Roy’s trusty old kit, there was a lit­tle chang­ing-up go­ing on.

“This time I went a lit­tle smaller on the toms. I used to play a 13" and 14" but now I play a 12" and a 13". I sit over my kick drums a lit­tle bet­ter that way. I’m a big fan of maple shells as well so I stick with that kit. I’m re­ally pleased with the drum sounds on this record.”

Stone Sour’s Hy­dro­grad is out now.

Roy May­orga is back, and this time he’s got smaller toms

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