Label: Roadrunner Records
Cofounded by singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, both of Slipknot fame, Stone Sour is more or less a means for the musicians to explore those sonic ideas that don't fit with the 'Knot's raging nü-metal and horror-movie antics. The outfit's debut album is not a radical departure, but it is far more of a grunge-inspired art-rock affair, inspired equally by Tool and Alice in Chains. This aesthetic really comes out on dystopian brooders "Choose" and "Blotter." Meanwhile, the dark atmospherics and acoustic flavors of "Bother" (a big hit) point to the band's future.