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Stone Sour

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When Stone Sour recorded its self-titled debut album, it was written off as "just another side-project," featuring Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, prior to its release. What resulted was a loud, brutal and dark phenomenon that was one of the best metal albums of 2002.

Fast-forward four years, and Stone Sour has returned with its sophomore release, Come What(ever) May, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with and will shake the foundations of the music industry for years to come.

Helping the group along the way is former Soulfly and Sepultura drummer Roy Mayorga, replacing Joel Ekman, who had to step aside due to a family illness.

Come What(ever) May is a more crafted, thought-out and overall dynamic masterpiece that surpasses its predecessor.

Lyrically, Taylor takes listeners on a roller coaster of subjects. In the album's title track, Taylor calls out the Bush administration: "Big decision for an ordinary coward / We're more in danger than before you took power." The angry ballad "Through Glass" showcases Taylor's angst with those involved in American Idol-type shows, "How much is real? So much to question / An epidemic of mannequins contaminating everything."

Stone Sour also takes listeners on the same roller coaster musically. Songs like "30/30-150" and "Hell and Consequences" are more ferocious, heavy-riffed and double-bass pounding tracks that continue the legacy of the group's first album. To the shock of some, "Through Glass" and "Zzyzx Rd." feature acoustic guitars and (dare I say?) piano pieces.

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