Stone Sour is the side project of Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root, the band existed between 1992-97 and played metal more towards Metallica and Alice in Chains but the band was put to rest when Corey and James joined Slipknot. In 2002,they reunited the band with original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Shawn Economaki to record the self titled album that sold gold. 4 years later,Corey and Co are back with yet another numetal record but this time more upbeat and melodic with radio friendly choruses - perhaps too poppy for the general Slipknot fan.
Stone Sour has a sound close to Godsmack, Disturbed and Alice in Chains - the new single "30/30-150" opens the album with a rocket speed that should satisfy the toughest numetal fan. But Corey also shows what a great singer he is on slow songs like "Sillyworld" with a Pink Floyd-ish verse and the strong ballad "Through glass". The brutal "1st person" is the closest we get to the Slipknot sound but I found it interesting that Stone Sour would write a song with Queensryche harmonies like "Cardiff",very cool! Still,the majority of the album contains postgrunge influenced hardrock that will climb the charts in no time - there are many songs worth mentioning but listen to "Socio" and you will understand why that volume button should be turned up!