Come What(Ever) May was one of the strongest heavy metal/hard rock albums of last year and has rarely left my CD player since its release. I looked forward to this Special Edition release and wasn’t disappointed…for the most part. The bonus tracks are left over from the Come(What)ever May recording sessions, with “left over” being the operative term. There’s a reason these tracks weren’t included on the disc originally; they aren’t bad, but they aren’t as strong as the rest of the tracks on the CD either. The exception is an amazing, acoustic cover of Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game.” Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a fan of the orginal version, or maybe because it’s the last thing you’d expect the likes of Corey Taylor & Co. to cover, but something about this track was so compelling that, driving home after purchasing the CD, I had to pull off the road and listen. Wow. The final track on the special edition CD is a spoken-word piece from Corey, an anti-Hollywood screed called “The Frozen.” It’s better than his poem at the end of Stone Sour’s first CD, but Henry Rollins he isn’t.
On the other hand, the DVD is a real treat. It includes all 4 of the videos from Come What(Ever) May, albeit censored for language. A ‘hidden’ video of working-in-the-studio footage, set to what sounds like an unmixed version of “Reborn”–which could’ve been left out–preceeds a video of the band’s live performance at the RAMP Awards in Moscow last October. It’s a great–and too brief–set that makes me want to kick myself for not catching Stone Sour live when they came through on the Jagermeister tour. With Slipknot reportedly headed back into the studio to record a new album next year, let’s hope Corey and Jim don’t make Stone Sour fans wait four more years for a new CD from their “other” band.