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Stone Sour
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Stone Sour performing at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2010
Background information
Origin Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Years active
  • 1992–1997
  • 2000–present
Labels Roadrunner
Associated acts
Past members

Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1992. The band performed for five years before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2015, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor (lead vocals, guitar), Josh Rand (guitar), Christian Martucci (guitar), Johny Chow (bass) and Roy Mayorga (drums). Longtime members Joel Ekman (drums, percussion) and Shawn Economaki (bass guitar) left the band in 2006 and 2011, respectively. Former lead guitarist Jim Root left in 2014.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Des Moines, Iowa Capital of Iowa

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the early French name, Rivière des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city's population was 216,853 as of the 2018 population estimate. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 655,409 residents according to the 2018 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, and is the largest metropolitan area fully located within the state. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa.

Corey Taylor American heavy metal singer

Corey Todd Taylor is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author who is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the bands Slipknot and Stone Sour.


To date, Stone Sour has released six studio albums Stone Sour (2002); Come What(ever) May (2006); Audio Secrecy (2010); House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 (2012); House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 (2013) and Hydrograd (2017). They also released a digital live album, Live in Moscow , in 2007. Their album, Hydrograd was released in June 2017 and is their first album to feature guitarist Christian Martucci.

<i>Stone Sour</i> (album) 2002 studio album by Stone Sour

Stone Sour is the debut studio album by American rock band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Tom Tatman at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and was released on August 27, 2002, through Roadrunner Records. Writing for the album began in 2000 while vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root were still actively involved in their other band, Slipknot. Work began on the album after Slipknot had gone on hiatus following touring in support of their second album Iowa.

<i>Come What(ever) May</i> 2006 studio album by Stone Sour

Come What(ever) May is the second studio album by American rock band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Studio 606 in Los Angeles, California, and was released on August 1, 2006, by Roadrunner Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2003 when vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root were writing material for their other band, Slipknot. In January 2006, Stone Sour began recording their second album, during which time drummer Joel Ekman left the band because of family constraints. He was eventually replaced by ex-Soulfly drummer Roy Mayorga who played on all but two tracks on the album.

<i>Audio Secrecy</i> 2010 studio album by Stone Sour

Audio Secrecy is the third studio album by American rock band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. On June 10, the band released a free download of "Mission Statement", which was later released as a single on iTunes. The first official single, "Say You'll Haunt Me", however, was released on July 6, 2010. Audio Secrecy is also the first album by the band to not feature a 'Parental Advisory' sticker and is dedicated to Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who had died earlier in 2010. It is also the band's last album to feature bassist Shawn Economaki.

Stone Sour earned the group two Grammy Award nominations, both for Best Metal Performance, for the singles "Get Inside", in 2003, [1] and "Inhale", in 2004. [2] From their 2006 album, Come What(ever) May, the group received another Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance for the single "30/30-150". [3] The band has sold 2.1 million albums in the United States as of April 2017. [4]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Get Inside 2002 single by Stone Sour

"Get Inside" is a song by Stone Sour, and the first music video the band released. It came out in 2002 for the band's eponymous album, almost a decade after the band was first created.


Formation and early years (1992–1997)

Stone Sour was founded by Corey Taylor, who later became the vocalist of Slipknot, and former drummer Joel Ekman. Taylor's longtime friend Shawn Economaki joined shortly after, and filled in as the bass player. During these formative years, Stone Sour recorded two demo tapes, [5] in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, Jim Root, who is now part of Slipknot with Taylor, joined the band. In 1996, this lineup recorded another demo tape, songs from which would be used in 2002 on their self-titled debut album. In 1997, the band went on hiatus, during which Taylor and Root spent most of their time with Slipknot, who were another up-and-coming act in Des Moines and would soon earn a record deal.

Slipknot (band) American heavy metal band

Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The band was founded in 1995 by percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. After several lineup changes in its early years, the band settled on nine members for more than a decade: Crahan, Jordison, Gray, Craig Jones, Mick Thomson, Corey Taylor, Sid Wilson, Chris Fehn, and Jim Root. Gray died on May 24, 2010, and was replaced during 2011–2014 by guitarist Donnie Steele. Jordison left the band due to illness on December 12, 2013. Steele left during the recording sessions for .5: The Gray Chapter. The band found replacements in Alessandro Venturella on bass and Jay Weinberg on drums. After the departure of Jordison, as of December 2013 the only founding member in the current lineup is percussionist Crahan. Fehn left the band due to lawsuit on March 18, 2019.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.

Stone Sour and hiatus (2000–2004)

Josh Rand joined the band in 2001. Josh Rand at Rockstar Uproar.jpg
Josh Rand joined the band in 2001.

After Josh Rand joined the band, the band recorded their debut self-titled album in Cedar Falls. Upon release, the album charted at number 46 on the Billboard 200. [6] The song "Bother", which was featured on the Spider-Man soundtrack (credited only to Taylor), [5] peaked at number 2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart as well as number 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. [7] The next single, "Inhale", peaked at 18 on the Mainstream Rock chart. [7] The group received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Metal Performance for the singles "Get Inside" [1] and "Inhale" [2] in 2003 and 2004 respectively. The album went on to achieve Gold certification. [5] The band toured for six months with label mates Sinch and Chevelle before going on a temporary hiatus as Taylor and Root went back to join Slipknot for another album and tour. [5]

Cedar Falls, Iowa City in Iowa, United States

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 39,260. It is home to the University of Northern Iowa, a public university.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Bother (song) Stone Sour song

"Bother" is the second single from the hard rock band Stone Sour's self-titled debut album. It was originally released as a solo song by frontman Corey Taylor, but the billing was later changed to Stone Sour. The song was one of Stone Sour's first songs to put them into the mainstream. The cover features Taylor's hands and rings, one of them being a Spider-Man ring which is a reference to the song being featured on the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man and to Taylor being a fan of Spider-Man. The other has the number 8 on it, representing Taylor's number in Slipknot. Taylor has stated that the song is about when he moved back to Des Moines from Denver, where he hoped to try to move forward with his music.

Come What(ever) May (2005–2007)

Stone Sour performing in 2007. From left to right: Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga and Shawn Economaki. Stone Sour (5).JPG
Stone Sour performing in 2007. From left to right: Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga and Shawn Economaki.

The band came back in 2006 to release their second studio album, Come What(ever) May. They parted ways with drummer Joel Ekman, currently drumming for Isaac James, who left to take care of his cancer-stricken son, and later recruited current drummer, Roy Mayorga (Soulfly, and later Amebix). The track "30/30-150" was recorded with Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. [8] The album was released on August 1, 2006. It was met with positive reviews from critics, and sold 80,000 copies in the first week, allowing it to debut at number four on the Billboard 200. [6] The band toured for the next year and a half, releasing the Live in Moscow album exclusively to iTunes on August 14, 2007. [5]

Roy Mayorga American musician

Roy Maurice Mayorga is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the American heavy metal bands Hellyeah and Stone Sour. He is of Ecuadorian and Cuban descent.

Soulfly heavy metal band

Soulfly is an American metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. To date the band has released eleven studio albums, one tour EP, twenty-three singles, one video album, and twelve music videos. Their debut album, Soulfly, was released on April 21, 1998, while their most recent album, Ritual, was released on October 19, 2018.

Amebix UK based punk/metal band

Amebix were an English punk rock band. Formed as "The Band with No Name", Amebix's original run was from 1978 to 1987, during which time they released three EPs and two full-length LPs. The group reunited in 2008 and disbanded again in November 2012.

The single "Sillyworld" peaked at number 2 on the Mainstream Rock charts in 2006. "Through Glass" proved to be successful peaking at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, [7] 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks, [7] 12 on the Adult Top 40 [7] and 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 also in 2006. [7] They released two more singles in 2007, "Made of Scars" and "Zzyzx Rd.", which managed to peak at numbers 21 and 29 on the Mainstream Rock charts respectively. [7] In 2006 they received a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance nomination for the single "30/30-150". [3]

Audio Secrecy (2009–2011)

Stone Sour performing in 2010. StoneSour2010.jpg
Stone Sour performing in 2010.

The band's third album Audio Secrecy, [5] was recorded at the Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who was the producer for the band's second album Come What(ever) May. [9] and released on September 7, 2010 . [10] Taylor stated that “Audio Secrecy is the summation of everything we want, everything we crave and everything we fight for...The dimensions go further than anything we've ever tried before. It's metal, rock, slow, soft, hard, fast, bitter, beautiful and most importantly, it's real. You can't get an album like this out of a band that doesn't exist. We're throwing caution out the damn window.”

Stone Sour played the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Avenged Sevenfold and Hollywood Undead among others. [11] Stone Sour set the release date of Audio Secrecy as September 7. Stone Sour were part of the Soundwave Festival in late February/early March in Australia 2011. [12] Stone Sour headlined[ when? ] The Avalanche Tour, supported by Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying.[ citation needed ] It was also announced that a Stone Sour live DVD will be released, filmed at the Brighton Centre in the United Kingdom.[ citation needed ] The band toured with Avenged Sevenfold, New Medicine and Hollywood Undead on the "Nightmare After Christmas Tour" 2011.[ citation needed ]

On April 16, 2011, it was announced that bassist Shawn Economaki had left the tour for personal reasons. Jason Christopher, who had played with Corey Taylor previously during his solo performances and with the Junk Beer Kidnap Band, filled in for the tour.[ citation needed ] In May 2011, Stone Sour canceled the remaining dates from their headline tour as drummer, Roy Mayorga suffered a minor stroke. He made a full recovery. [13] The band played their last show of 2011 at the second day of the Rock in Rio IV festival, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between September 23 – October 2. Drummer Roy Mayorga was not present at the show as he was expecting his first child back home, and filling-in for him was ex-Dream Theater and The Winery Dogs drummer Mike Portnoy. [14] Bassist Shawn Economaki was also absent from the performance.

House of Gold & Bones (2012–2013)

The band released a song called "The Pessimist" as a free download on their Facebook page on March 27, 2012. The song was previously only available on the iTunes deluxe version of the soundtrack to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. They also released their first DVD Live at Brighton in the same year, capturing their performance on November 7, 2010. [15]

Johny Chow performing in 2013. W0921-Hellfest2013 StoneSour JohnyChow 71691.JPG
Johny Chow performing in 2013.

It was announced via Instagram on May 3, 2012, that bassist Shawn Economaki had parted ways with the band on amicable terms. He was replaced in the studio by current Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan. [16] Stone Sour started recording their fourth studio album in early 2012. [17] Corey Taylor stated that the album would end up being a double album or concept album, and described the album's sound as "Pink Floyd's The Wall meets Alice in Chains's Dirt ". [18] It was later announced that the new material would be released as two separate albums. The first album, House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 was released worldwide on October 23, 2012, and the second album House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 was released worldwide on April 9, 2013. The project also has a 4-part graphic novel series that accompanies the albums, telling the linear storyline featured in the twin albums' lyrics.

The first two songs from Part 1, "Gone Sovereign" and the first official single, "Absolute Zero" were released for radio airplay in mid/late August 2012. [19] The first single from House of Gold & Bones Part 2 was "Do Me a Favor". [20] [21] It was released digitally on February 12. [22] Guitarist Josh Rand stated in an interview with O2 Academy [23] that there was a song recorded for Part 1, an instrumental which was deemed 'not up to par' by the band. The song will likely be released in the future once James Root and Josh Rand do 'some stuff to it guitar-wise'.

On October 5, 2012, Johny Chow of Fireball Ministry and Cavalera Conspiracy was announced as the bassist for the band on the House of Gold & Bones tour cycle. [24] Stone Sour subsequently played Soundwave Festival 2013 in Australia and on the Sunday at Download Festival 2013. Guitarist James Root did not tour with Stone Sour in the winter of 2013, as he had to take a brief hiatus from the group to work on .5: The Gray Chapter with Slipknot, although it was later revealed that he was fired from the band due to musical differences. He claimed that the band wanted to focus on "radio play and money," which Root fought against, leading to his departure. [25] [26] Christian Martucci filled in for Root during that period.

The Burbank EP duology (2014–2016)

On October 5, 2014, it was announced via Stone Sour's Facebook page that the band had begun recording a covers EP, which is due to be titled Meanwhile in Burbank... and released in 2015. [27] Corey Taylor stated about the covers EP: "This is something that we've been talking about since the first album came out, with [Stone Sour]. We've always wanted to do this. Even as people have come, people have gone, this is still something we've always come back to, and we just never had the opportunity to do it. And we just kind of said, 'Well, screw it.'" [28] In February 9, 2015, Stone Sour released an official music video and track, which is a cover version of the Metal Church's song "The Dark". [28] The EP was released on April 18, 2015. Corey Taylor confirmed that two more covers EPs are to be produced, they will be titled Straight Outta Burbank and No Sleep Till Burbank[ citation needed ] and will feature covers of songs by Rage Against The Machine, Mötley Crüe, Bad Brains and Violent Femmes. Straight Outta Burbank... , the second volume in the series, has since been released.

Per, On March 29, 2016, frontman Corey Taylor told the "Someone Who Isn't Me" podcast: "Originally we were going to do three [covers EPs], and now it sounds like we're just going to do the two and just keep the other stuff we recorded as extra content for when we make the next album." [29]

Hydrograd (2017–present)

On July 26, 2016, frontman Corey Taylor has told that the band has written and demoed 18 songs (he chose 15 to make the official record) for its sixth studio album, with plans to hit the studio in January for a likely mid-2017 release. [30]

On January 23, 2017, Corey Taylor revealed that the band was in the process of recording their upcoming album named Hydrograd . Corey Taylor indicated during an interview that the album would incorporate heavy metal elements found in previous releases, but also punk and hard rock styles. [31] Four singles have been released ahead of the album in promotion; "Fabuless", "Song #3", "Taipei Person/Allah Tea" and "Mercy" (A live recording from Sphere Studios), with St. Marie being released as single following the album’s release. [32] Hydrograd released worldwide on June 30, 2017 to generally positive reviews. [33] The band also released an exclusive cover of the Rage Against the Machine song "Bombtrack" for the Metal Hammer compilation Metal Hammer Goes 90s in August 2017. In Spring 2018, Stone Sour was embarked on Ozzy Osbourne's US 2018 tour for the Spring and Fall. On May 6, 2019, it was announced that Roy Mayorga joining Hellyeah as their new drummer, and replacing the original Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, who died on June 22, 2018.

Musical style

Throughout the band's career, their musical style has been described as alternative metal, [5] [34] hard rock, [35] heavy metal, [36] [37] and alternative rock. [38] Their music features double bass drum patterns, heavy guitar riffs, dual guitar harmonies and vocally combining screaming with singing.

Guitarist Josh Rand stated in an interview, that he tries to bring metal aspect and elements of thrash metal in their music. He also stated that his writing style is different than compared to Slipknot's writing style. [39]

Stone Sour's fourth and fifth albums, House of Gold & Bones - Part 1 and Part 2 are notable for their concept album format, and has led to comparisons to progressive rock bands. When asked about this, Josh Rand stated: "I still think it’s us. We never said that we would be Genesis or Dream Theater or Yes or any of those types of bands. We're not a prog band. We said we're going to adopt the ideas of those stories and stuff, but it's still going to be a Stone Sour record, where you can still pull those individual songs. We just wanted to offer something more - in a world where it's all about singles, we just wanted to do something different. We've always evolved from record to record, if you listen to our entire catalog." [40] Both albums have been critically acclaimed.

Band members


Stone Sour



Grammy Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2003 "Get Inside" Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance [1] Nominated
2004 "Inhale" Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance [2] Nominated
2006 "30/30-150" Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance [3] Nominated
Revolver Golden Gods
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2013 Roy Mayorga Golden Gods Award for Best Drummer [42] Nominated
2013 Corey Taylor Golden Gods Award for Best Vocalist [42] Won
2012"House of Gold & Bones - Part 1" Golden Gods Award for Album of the Year [42] Nominated

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2013Stone SourBest International BandWon[ citation needed ]

Loudwire Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012Stone SourRock Band of the YearWon[ citation needed ]
2017Stone SourHard Rock Artist of the YearWon[ citation needed ]
HydrogradHard Rock Album of the YearWon[ citation needed ]
Corey TaylorBest VocalistNominated[ citation needed ]

Bandit Rock Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018HydrogradBest International AlbumWon[ citation needed ]

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