is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing
for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and
since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor (lead vocals), Josh Rand (guitar) and Roy Mayorga (drums). Longtime members Joel Ekman (drums, percussion), Shawn Economaki (bass guitar), and Jim Root
(guitar) left the group in 2006, 2011, and 2014 respectively. To date,
Stone Sour have released five studio albums Stone Sour (2002); Come
What(ever) May (2006); Audio Secrecy (2010); House of Gold & Bones –
Part 1 (2012) and House of Gold & Bones – Part 2 (2013). They also
released a digital live album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Stone Sour
earned the group two Grammy Award nominations, both for Best Metal
Performance, for the singles "Get Inside", in 2003, and "Inhale", in
2004. The album went on to become RIAA certified Gold. In 2006,
following the release of Come What(ever) May, the group received another
Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance for the single
"30/30-150". Stone Sour has sold over four million albums worldwide.
Throughout the band's career, their musical style has been described as
alternative metal, heavy metal, and hard rock. 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.
Stone Sour's House of Gold & Bones - Part 1 and House of Gold &
Bones – Part 2 are mainly known as their concept album. When asked about
this, Josh Rand stated: "I don’t think so, because 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."
Both parts of their albums have been critically acclaimed.