10 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Songs Of 2017 (So Far)

9. Knievel Has Landed - Stone Sour

Personally speaking - and I know this is sacrilege to Stone Sour fans - I think swapping out the legendary Jim Root for Christian Martucci has worked wonders for the band's overall presence and sound.

Gone are the overly 'widdly' guitar solos that often felt that little bit too complex to actually enjoy without busting out the guitar tabs, and in are stadium-sized dual-string bends, tapping sections and a fantastic tone that really punches through on the likes of Knieval Has Landed.

It gives Stone Sour that sense of large scale rock n' roll flair Corey Taylor has been shaping himself into for years, and though it also makes Hydrograd somewhat divisive when compared to House of Gold & Bones or their earlier output, personally it's a direction I'm fully on board with.

Oh, and let's not forget: Corey Taylor has one of the best melodic minds on the planet. Knievel's chorus is one you'll be revisiting every morning for the next few weeks.

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