Come What(ever) May is the second studio album by American alternative metal band Stone Sour. It was recorded and produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz at Studio 606 in Los Angeles, California, and was released on August 1, 2006, through Roadrunner Records. Writing for the album began as early as 2003 when vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root were writing material for their other band, Slipknot. In January 2006 Stone Sour began recording the follow up to their 2002 debut album Stone Sour, during which time drummer Joel Ekman left the band due to family constraints. He was eventually replaced by ex-Soulfly drummer Roy Mayorga who played on all but two tracks on the album.
Following the release of the album, Stone Sour went on to promote it for over a year; releasing five singles and touring in several regions, including the United States, Canada, Japan and several countries in Europe. The album received generally positive reviews. It was praised for showing a progression in the bands song writing ability and musical style. It was also certified Gold in the United States and Canada and the single "30/30-150" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. On June 26, 2007 Stone Sour released a special edition version of the album, it included six previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD which featured three music videos and a complete live performance of the band in Moscow.
In September 2005, lead singer Corey Taylor announced that Stone Sour would return with a second album. He said that they had written over 30 songs, some during the writing process of Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), the third album by vocalist Taylor and guitarist James Root's other band Slipknot, and that they were working on demoing the tracks before entering the studio. Dave Fortman was originally slated to produce the album, however, on January 22, 2006 Stone Sour began working on the album with producer Nick Raskulinecz at Dave Grohl's personal studio (Studio 606), in Los Angeles. Time in the studio began with a week of pre-production, during which guitarist Josh Rand says producer Raskulinecz "pushed to the brink and back" to help fine-tune the songs they had previously written. Though Rand and Taylor wrote most of the music and lyrics for the first album, respectively, writing for Come What(ever) May was done by all members.
Following this, the band set out to record 18 tracks and work began on recording Joel Ekman's drum tracks. However, Ekman was forced to leave the studio after four weeks due to his young son's diagnosis of a brainstem glioma. With the fate of the album in jeopardy, Stone Sour recruited ex-Soulfly member Roy Mayorga as a session drummer. Mayorga recorded drums for all but two tracks on the album, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin performed on the track "30/30-150" and guitarist Root performed drums on the bonus track "The Day I Let Go." In an interview with Revolver during the recording process vocalist Taylor talked about the differences between this album and their previous album, Stone Sour. He said that pressures from fans and the record label were much larger; also noting that he "thrives on the pressure, because it gets going." While promising that "the album's gonna be miles above the first one," Taylor explained that it is "more melodic and darker". In late March 2006, drummer Joel Ekman officially left Stone Sour and the band was talking with a few drummers who could replace him. On April 7, 2006 the recording sessions for Come What(ever) May concluded. A month later session drummer Roy Mayorga joined Stone Sour on a full-time basis.
It was announced in March 2006 that Stone Sour's second album, which was tentatively titled "Come What May," would be released on July 18, 2006. However, the release date for the album was pushed back until August 22. Due to the delay Stone Sour released a music video for the track "Reborn", which featured footage of the band working on the album in the studio. The cover artwork from the album was released online on May 20, 2006. Shortly after, it was confirmed by a representative from the band's record label Roadrunner that the release date had been brought forward, and the official release date would be August 1, 2006. On July 31, 2006, the day before its release the album was made available online for streaming in its entirety through AOL.
On May 22, 2006 the first single from the album, "30/30-150", was made available online as a free MP3 download. A music video for the single was shot with director P.R. Brown in Los Angeles, the video received a premier on MTV's Headbangers Ball on June 3, 2006. Prior to the release of the second single from the album, "Through Glass", radio stations throughout the US showed high support for the song. A music video for the single was shot with director Tony Petrossian and was released on June 9, 2006 online through Yahoo!. The third single from the album, "Sillyworld", began receiving radio airplay in November 2006. A music video for the single was shot in January 2007 and was released online on March 8, 2007. The fourth single from the album, "Made of Scars", featured a music video which was recorded live on April 7, 2007 and was posted online on June 5, 2007. The fifth and final single from the album, "Zzyzx Rd.", started receiving radio airplay in Fall 2007 and no music video was made for the single.
The band began touring in support of the album prior to its release, initiating touring with several free shows in the US. Followed by multiple appearances at festivals in Europe. They then joined Korn for their 2006 edition of Family Values Tour across the US, which featured 33 dates across 3 months. On August 8, 2006 Stone Sour made a special guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote and perform their second single "Through Glass." They also performed at the Japanese festival Summer Sonic midway through the Family Values Tour. Then through November and December 2006, Stone Sour joined Disturbed for their Music as a Weapon Tour. In January 2007 Stone Sour joined Evanescence for a Canadian tour, followed by a headlining tour of Europe. They then headlined the Spring 2007 Jägermeister Music Tour across the US, followed by headlining tours in Australia and Japan. They then started a tour in Europe playing festivals and select headline shows. They wrapped up touring in support of the album with a headlining tour in the US through August and September in 2007.
On June 26, 2007, Stone Sour released a special edition version of the album with six previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD. The DVD featured a full concert performance by the band from October 2006 in Moscow and the music videos for "30/30-150," "Through Glass," and "sillyworld." When talking about the special edition, vocalist Taylor said, "we really wanted to do something which was really cool," saying that this shows the band's different musical elements and them in their live element, which he says "people really gravitate towards." In addition to this, Stone Sour released a live album of their concert in Moscow exclusively on iTunes, entitled Live in Moscow.
In an interview with MTV in 2006, vocalist Corey Taylor said that Come What(ever) May was a return to the roots of the band, stating it is "a lot more from the spirit of what the band started with in 1992." Noting how some songs were "very atmospheric," while others maintained "the hard rock and the heavy stuff." Jon Wiederhorn of MTV said that "for every thrash riff there's a tunefully grungy passage, for every flailing guitar line there's a rock-radio hook." When talking about the track "30/30-150", he said parts are "bludgeoning, barbed and heavy," while others are "soaring and triumphant," with the production of Raskulinecz helping balance the album's heaviness with its radio-accessibility. Come What(ever) Mays lyrics include themes of "pain, pleasure, happiness, and grief." The diversity in subjects is evident throughout the album, songs including "Come What(ever) May" were politically influenced while the track "Socio" is about "social anxiety attacks" that vocalist Taylor suffered. "Zzyzx Rd" is a love song written to Taylor's wife for helping him in his struggles against alcoholism and contemplation of suicide. "I've never written anything like that before, but it was very important for me to tell the world not only how much she saved me, but how much she means to me," said Taylor. Taylor said there is a common thread with the lyrics throughout the album, saying that they are "about never forgetting where you came from, who you are and why you do this."
Come What(ever) May was met with generally positive critical reviews. Several reviewers noted on how it helped to establish Stone Sour more, Chad Bower of About.com said the band has "progressed a lot since their debut", noting how the album is "very diverse and the band to show many different sides of their musical personality." Megan Frye of Allmusic opens her review of the album by distinguishing what sets Stone Sour apart musically, stating " ability to create smooth, radio-friendly alternative metal songs while simultaneously not boring the people who have heard way too much from post-grunge groups." On a similar note, Michael Melchor of 411mania said "the band is much better at the craft of songwriting than many of their peers." However in contrast, reviewer William Fry of IGN criticized the album, saying "Stone Sour doesn't do anything inspired, original, or fresh here" even calling the album "completely misdirected, and stonewalled." A particular point of interest for reviewers was how Come What(ever) May is more melodic than their previous album Stone Sour. Melchor of 411mania said the album is "much more liberal with the balladry and acoustic sounds than its predecessor," noting on the track "Sillyworld" he said "it sounds like what Nickelback could be if Chad Kroeger could write a good melody". In his review, Chad Bower labeled Come What(ever) May as a "very melodic and accessible album" stating that "it has a little something for everyone." Similarly, Megan Frye triumphed the album as an "unyielding effort from a promising talent".
Come What(ever) May sold over 80,000 copies in its first week and debuted at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and went on to be certified gold in the UK, Canada and the United States. In 2007, the single "30/30-150" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards.
* Corey Taylor — vocals, guitars
* James Root — lead guitar,
* Josh Rand — rhythm guitar
* Shawn Economaki — bass
* Roy Mayorga — drums
* Shannon Larkin — drums
* Rami Jaffee — piano
* Nick Raskulinecz — producer, engineer
* Mike Terry — engineer
* Paul Fig — engineer
* John Lousteau — engineer
* John Nicholson — drum tech
* Randy Staub — mixer
* Rob Stefanson — assistant mixer
* Tod Jensen — mastering
* Monte Conner — A&R
* Cory Brennan — management
* Jaison John — management assistant
* Eric Greenspan — legal
* Rick Roskin — US booking agent
* John Jackson — International booking agent
* Hugh Syme — art direction, design, illustration
* Chapman Baehler — photography
;Bonus DVD credits
* Victor Logachev - concert producer
* Stepan Popov - concert producer
* Dave "Shirt" Nichols - concert audio mixer
* Nina Bell - negotiations
* Roman Geigert - camera
* Dmitri Shevelev - camera
* Anna Gogichaishvili - camera
* Alexei "Siid" Tsarev - camera, editing
* Dmitri Grekulov - camera
* Dima "Brain" Zvjagin - camera
* Kiril Chapligin - coordination
* Artem Butsenko - recording and sound post-production, editing
* Dmitri Makhov - chief production
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Stone Sour is an American rock band from Des Moines, Iowa. Since 2006, the group has been composed of Corey Taylor (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jim Root (lead guitar, keyboard), Josh Rand, (rhythm guitar), Shawn Economaki (bass guitar) and Roy Mayorga (drums, percussion). Original drummer Joel Ekman left the group in 2006. The group formed in 1992, performing for 5 years, before disbanding in 1997 when Taylor and Root joined Slipknot. The group reunited in 2002.
To date, Stone Sour have released three studio albums Stone Sour (2002); Come What(ever) May (2006) and their latest album, titled Audio Secrecy, which was released September 7, 2010. They 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".
Formation and early years (1992–1997)
Stone Sour was founded by Corey Taylor, who eventually became the vocalist of Slipknot, and former drummer Joel Ekman. Taylor's long-time friend Shawn Economaki joined shortly after, and filled in as the bass player. The band had played clubs and bars with different guitarists, who often filled the position for just one show. During these formative years, Stone Sour recorded 2 demo tapes, in 1992 and 1994. Shortly after, in 1995, Jim Root, who is now also part of Slipknot with Taylor, joined the band. The group was complete, and in 1996 it recorded another demo tape, songs from which would later be used in 2002 on their self titled debut album, Stone Sour. The band was named after an alcoholic drink that consists of one part whiskey, one part orange juice, with a splash of sour mix.
In 1997 the band went on hiatus, during which Taylor and Root spent most of their time with Slipknot, who were another up-and-coming act in Des Moines and would soon earn a record deal. Root actually did not join the band until a year after Taylor, and Economaki went on to become Stage left guitar tech. Ekman stayed in Des Moines and started a family.
Self-titled album (2002–2003)
After Josh Rand joined the band, the band recorded their debut self-titled album in Cedar Falls, Iowa which was released on 31 July 2002 in the UK, and on the 1st of August in the US. Upon release, the album charted at number 46 on the Billboard 200. The song "Bother", which was featured on the Spider-Man soundtrack (credited only to Taylor), peaked at number 2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart as well as number 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. The next single, "Inhale", peaked at 18 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The group received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Metal Performance for the singles "Get Inside" and "Inhale" in 2003 and 2004 respectively. The album went on to achieve Gold certification. The band toured for six months with label mates Sinch and Chevelle before going on a temporary hiatus as Taylor and Root went back to join Slipknot for another album and tour.
Come What(ever) May (2005–2007)
The band came back in 2006 to release their second studio album, Come What(ever) May. They parted ways with drummer Joel Ekman, currently drumming for Isaac James, who left to take care of his cancer-stricken son, and later recruited current drummer, Roy Mayorga (Soulfly, and later Amebix). The track "30/30-150" was recorded with Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin. The album was released on August 1, 2006. It was met with positive reviews from critics, and sold 80,000 copies in the first week, allowing it to debut at number four on the Billboard 200. The band toured for the next year and a half, releasing the Live in Moscow album exclusively to iTunes on August 14, 2007. Corey Taylor and James Root returned to Slipknot to record their fourth full length studio album, All Hope Is Gone. Mayorga is now performing with the band Black President. While on the road with Slipknot, Taylor and Root are said to be writing for the next Stone Sour album.
The single "Sillyworld" peaked at number 2 on the Mainstream Rock charts in 2006. "Through Glass" proved to be successful peaking at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks, 12 on the Adult Top 40 and 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 also in 2006. They released two more singles in 2007, "Made of Scars" and "Zzyzx Rd.", which managed to peak at numbers 21 and 29 on the Mainstream Rock charts respectively. In 2006 they received a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance nomination for the single "30/30-150".
Audio Secrecy (2009–2011)
Corey Taylor talked to Rock Sound magazine about the future of Stone Sour. "We are already starting to put together demos for Stone Sour. Our new stuff sounds really melodic but really dark, it is way darker than the first two albums and way more cohesive. I don't know what it is, I'm still flushing shit out."
Taylor told Noisecreep that Stone Sour's thirdcoming album will be "darker than Come What(ever) May, but a lot more melodic, a lot stronger, a lot more mature, and the lyrics that are coming out of me are really good. I'm really excited." He also stated that they were to enter the studio in January 2010 "for two or three months" with the band having "ten tunes fully written" as well as another 15 they are still working on.
“I cannot wait to make this Stone Sour album!” said frontman Corey Taylor in an official statement. “Everything already feels a million times stronger than anything we've done in the past. Plus getting back together with Nick is going to mean monstrous things. This is the year for Stone Sour!”
The band is recording the upcoming album, titled Audio Secrecy, at the Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who was the producer for the band's second album Come What(ever) May. The band has stated that they are aiming for an August 2010 release date through Roadrunner. The name was revealed on May 10, 2010, with Taylor saying that “Audio Secrecy is the summation of everything we want, everything we crave and everything we fight for...The dimensions go further than anything we've ever tried before. It's metal, rock, slow, soft, hard, fast, bitter, beautiful and most importantly, it's real. You can't get an album like this out of a band that doesn't exist. We're throwing caution out the damn window.”
In February 2010, it was announced that Stone Sour will headline the second stage at the Download Festival 2010 in the UK and will be a part of Rocklahoma 2010 in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Stone Sour played the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed as headliners. Also on the tour were Hellyeah, Halestorm and Hail the Villain among others. Stone Sour set the release date of Audio Secrecy as September 7.
On the 5th of August, Stone Sour were announced to be part of the Soundwave Festival in late February/early March in Australia 2011.
Stone Sour are currently co-headlining a UK tour with Avenged Sevenfold, with support from Sick Puppies, Hellyeah and Halestorm. They filmed a live DVD at the Brighton show from this tour on November 7th, 2010.
It was also announced that a Stone Sour live DVD will be released filmed at The Brighton Centre in the United Kingdom.
As of January 2011, the band is touring in support of Avenged Sevenfold, New Medicine and Hollywood Undead on the "Nightmare After Christmas Tour" 2011.
The band performed at Soundwave in Australia in February and March of 2011.
The band will also be performing on the second day (Sunday, 5/22) of Rock on the Range 2011.
* Corey Taylor - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano (1992–present)
* Shawn Economaki - bass guitar (1992–present)
* Jim Root - lead guitar, keyboard, (1995–present)
* Josh Rand - rhythm guitar (2001–present)
* Roy Mayorga - drums, percussion (2006–present)
* Joel Ekman - drums, percussion (1992–2006)
*Stone Sour (2002)
*Come What(ever) May (2006)
*Audio Secrecy (2010)
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