STONE SOUR (Roadrunner) Rating: NNN
Oh, so that's what Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Jim Root look like without their masks. Now we can all stop wondering. They were both originally in Stone Sour, formed in 1992, but it all went kaput. Now Stone Sour are back with guitarist Josh Rand, Shawn Economaki on bass and Joel Eckman on drums. Slipknot's characteristic up-and-down changes are there along with the same heavy chugging basslines, but Stone Sour go beyond the typical nu metal, bringing in some roots-rock-style relaxed melodies and guitar lines. As a result, the disc's infinitely more listenable and less gimmicky than Slipknot's stuff. Taylor can actually sing, something I never noticed in Slipknot. Maybe that's because I was always shutting them off.