Stone Sour back with album number six
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