The band's reunion began in early 2002, when Root and Taylor
contacted original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Sean Economaki about recording a full-length Stone Sour album. The bandmates had released several demos during their initial time together, and some of those songs were re-recorded for Stone Sour's self-titled debut, which earned two Grammy nominations and was RIAA-certified gold. Drafting in drummer Joel Ekman, the band released a song for the Spider-Man soundtrack ("Bother," credited only to Taylor
) while recording the album in Los Angeles. A tour followed, and Stone Sour took a short break while Taylor
and Root returned their attention to Slipknot
for the recording of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.
Several years later, the band returned to the studio to work on a second album. Come What(ever) May was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters
, Velvet Revolver
) and released in August 2006, hitting number four on the Billboard charts and spawning the successful single "Through Glass." Stone Sour hit the road that same year on the Family Values tour with high-profile headliners Deftones
, and they released a digital concert album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Once the touring was over, Corey Taylor
and Jim Root shifted their focus to Slipknot
once again, this time for the creation of 2008's All Hope Is Gone.
Stone Sour's hiatus was shorter this time around, though, as the group returned in 2010 with a new album, Audio Secrecy, a more subdued effort that found the bandmembers maturing as songwriters. This trend continued into 2012 with their next release, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1, which would be the first part of an ambitious concept double album. A year later, in 2013, Stone Sour released the second part, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2. A pair of covers EPs, Meanwhile in Burbank and Straight Outta Burbank, arrived in 2015, followed by the band's sixth full-length, Hydrograd, in 2017. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi