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Stone Sour Slams Pop-Culture In New Video

STONE SOUR are currently preparing to hit the road with Korn and Deftones on The Family Values Tour, beginning on July 29 in Nashville, TN as the August 1 release of their album COME WHAT(EVER) MAY approaches. The band’s Top 20 Modern Rock single “Through Glass” continues to build strongly at radio and its video is sure to hit a nerve with some of today’s pop culture icons. STONE SOUR--lead vocalist COREY TAYLOR and guitarist JAMES ROOT (who do double duty in multi-platinum, Grammy winners Slipknot), bassist SHAWN ECONOMAKI, guitarist JOSH RAND and drummer ROY MAYORGA--will debut the song live on national television Thursday, August 8 when they perform on NBC-TV’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

For the song’s video, STONE SOUR worked with director Tony Petrossian (Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Head Automatica) to create a potent visual that assails the ever-growing plastic celebrity culture. In the clip--shot at a Chatsworth, CA hilltop home previously owned by Frank Sinatra--stereotypical caricatures of celebrity and entertainment industry figures are seen at a party as members of STONE SOUR wander throughout the house. C.C. Deville (of Poison fame and more recently of The Surreal Life on VH1) has a cameo as one of the revelers. The members of the band stand in sharp contrast to the farce playing out around them. The artificiality of the celebrities and industry types is underlined when they literally transform into cardboard cutouts of themselves and are picked up and carried away by stagehands. The video storyline ends with STONE SOUR performing alone in front of a sign that captures it all: “HOLLOWOOD.”

The song itself--with its reference to “An epidemic of the mannequins contaminating everything”--began when TAYLOR was “sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel,” he says. “I just remember seeing act after act of this inane, innocuous, plastic music. They were bubbly gossamer-thin groups, where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing. ‘Through Glass’ is really a very angry song. It’s me basically calling ‘bullshit’ on pretty much everyone involved with the ‘American Idol’-type shows. It has its place, but when you’re basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that’s really why I wrote this song.”

The public’s fixation on the lives of celebrities and plastic culture, as reflected in the video, is distracting people from focusing on society’s real problems, TAYLOR feels. “People are realizing now--a little too late--that they let the administration get away with things that are unconstitutional, including pardoning their white collar crime friends. A brain can only take so much before you say, ‘Good God, I need to wrap my head around something that I can deal with.’ So people go to these innocuous magazines that show the glamorous life. They want to see celebrities’ lifestyles; they don’t want to know what celebrities think for the most part. They don’t want them to be socially conscious because then they have to realize that there is a problem. ”

You can check out the video online here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/StoneSour/showVideo.aspx?fileID=1644

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Watch Stone Sour's "Through Glass" Video Online

Stone Sour take a dig at Paris Hilton and the rest of "Hollowood," a land where all the celebrities are merely cardboard cutouts, in their video for "Through Glass". Watch the clip of the band's first single from their "Come What(ever) May" album, due to be released on August 1st, exclusively on AOL.

The video will reportedly only be online for the next four days and is available here.

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Stone Sour Ready Album For Release, Post MP3s

Stone Sour, who are readying their new album, "Come What(ever) May" for release on August 1 through Roadrunner Records, have released a slew of promotional media and a MP3s (links follow) including full MP3s of the first two singles "30/30-150" and "Reborn."

"As soon as the fans hear this new record, they'll see it's different from anything that we have ever done," says frontman Corey Taylor. "It gives me a chance to do the singing that I love to do, the type of singing that I do when I'm walking around my house." Elaborating on how STONE SOUR differs from his work in Slipknot he reveals "With Stone Sour, I loosen up and show more of myself."

Guitarist Rand believes that the diversity of "Come What(ever) May" will be what hooks fans, and what keeps them. "This album's content will fit any mood you may be in," the guitarist says. "If you've had a bad day at work, you could crank 'Hell And Consequences.' If you need a little optimism, you could listen to 'Through Glass.' If you are feeling depressed, you could listen to 'Zzyzx Road.'"

Guitarist ROOT, who contends that life itself influenced this album, sees "Come What(ever) May" as a necessary evolution in the band's sound. "We're taking every aspect to the next level. As an artist, no matter what you do, you must evolve. That's very important to me. Some people fear change. I embrace it. This record is a testament to where I am at, musically and spiritually."


AUDIO

"30/30-150" - Windows Media, MP3
"Reborn" - Windows Media

VIDEO

"30/30-150" - Quicktime (High Quality), Quicktime (Medium Quality), Quicktime (Low Quality), Windows Media (High Quality), Windows Media (Medium Quality), Windows Media (Low Quality)
"Reborn" - Quicktime (High Quality), Quicktime (Medium Quality), Quicktime (Low Quality)

Finally, you can check out the Stone Sour ecard with several tracks here.

Look for the band to hit the road this summer for the Family Values Tour with Korn and Deftones, beginning July 27.

As previously reported, the tracklisting for "Come What(ever) May" is as follows: More...

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Peeping Tom Added To Family Values Tour

According to a posting on the KORN fan site KornUnleashed.net, PEEPING TOM — the new project of Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK, FANTOMAS) — has been added to The Family Values Tour 2006. The band will reportedly join the tour's second-stage lineup along with already confirmed acts 10 YEARS, BURY YOUR DEAD, BULLETS AND OCTANE and DEADSY.

The Family Values Tour 2006 billing is now shaping up as follows:

Main Stage:

KORN
DEFTONES
STONE SOUR
FLYLEAF
DIR EN GREY

Second Stage:

10 YEARS
BURY YOUR DEAD
BULLETS AND OCTANE
DEADSY
PEEPING TOM

With the addition of a second stage and many top rock acts, fans will get even greater value from the Live Nation-produced Family Values Tour, as the festival features $9.99 lawn tickets and value-priced seating available at every outdoor amphitheatre along the tour route, making it one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

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Stone Sour Reveal Come What(ever) May Tracklisting

Roadrunner Records have now revealed that the final tracklisting for the new Stone Sour album, "Come What(ever) May", due to be released in the UK on July 31st and in North America on August 1st, is as follows:

1. 30/30-150
2. Come What(ever) May
3. Hell & Consequences
4. Sillyworld
5. Made Of Scars
6. Reborn
7. Your God
8. Through Glass
9. Socio
10. 1st Person
11. Cardiff
12. Zzyxz Road

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Corey Taylor On Alcoholism and Attempted Suicide

An insightful article at MTV.com looks at Corey Taylor's fight with alcoholism and attempted suicide between Stone Sour's releases. Here are some excerpts:

"I tried to jump off the balcony of the eighth floor of the Hyatt on Sunset [Boulevard] on November 14, 2003," Taylor explained. "Somehow she [his wife] stopped me. It wasn't the first time I tried to kill myself, either."

Back then, Taylor was a full-blown alcoholic. He drank from the moment he woke up to the second he blacked out, and while he says drinking didn't impair his ability to write, play and perform, it destroyed almost everything else in his life.

Stone Sour's new album, Come What(ever) May, which is due in August, is stocked with ruminations about Taylor's drinking days and confessions about his road to recovery. In "Socio," he sings, "Fear is in my heart/ Just when I stop, it starts/ And I can never live this way," and in the piano-washed "Zzyzx Rd," he softly croons, "I'm falling asleep and I can't see straight/ My muscles feel like a melee, body is curled in a U-shape."

"The first year I was sober was probably the worst year of my life," Taylor continued. "My immune system was screwed. I completely isolated myself. I was weak all the time. I didn't know who I was. Sometimes you define yourself by your vices, and I was known as the partyer. I was the guy that was always ready to go out and do shots. And all of a sudden, I had to figure out who I was without that, and it took me a long time. I pushed my wife away for a while and was a really selfish, cold d---."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Drummer Igor Cavalera Quits Sepultura

Drummer Igor Cavalera has officially announced his departure from SEPULTURA.

In a statement released on June 12 to the Brazilian media, Igor attributed the split to "artistic incompatibility" with his SEPULTURA bandmates — guitarist Andreas Kisser, bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. and vocalist Derrick Green.

"I believe my mission in SEPULTURA has come to an end," Igor said in the statement. "I am very proud of everything we have done, but I feel that the group's current formation no longer lives up to my expectations as a musician and a person. Since my last tour with SEPULTURA, which took place in Europe in December 2004, I have sensed that my ideas were not compatible with those of the rest of the band."

Igor, who hasn't toured with SEPULTURA since 2005, noticed that his personal ambitions were worlds apart from those of the other members of the group and he felt slightly detached from the creative process of SEPULTURA. More...

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Stone Sour's "Come What(ever) May" E-Card Online

A STONE SOUR e-card for the band's upcoming sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May", has been launched at this location. The tracks "Reborn", "30/30-150", and "Through Glass" can be heard on the e-card, and the video for "30/30-150" is also available for viewing. The clip, which was shot in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP), received a "Headbanger's Ball" premiere this past Saturday, June 3.

A Roadrunner Records representative recently confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the release date of the new STONE SOUR album, "Come What(ever) May" (view cover), has been moved forward to August 1 from the previously announced August 22. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman. Ekman has since been replaced by Roy Mayorga, who had previously played with SOULFLY in addition to recently completing a European tour with SEPULTURA. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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New Stone Sour Album Release Date Moved Up

A Roadrunner Records representative has confirmed that the release date of the new STONE SOUR album, "Come What(ever) May" (cover), has been moved forward to August 1 from the previously announced August 22. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman. Ekman has since been replaced by Roy Mayorga, who had previously played with SOULFLY in addition to recently completing a European tour with SEPULTURA.

STONE SOUR recently shot a video for "30/30-150" in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP). A second clip — for the track "Through Glass" — is expected to be lensed during the coming weeks. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio here, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Stone Sour's "30/30-150" Online For Download

A brand new STONE SOUR track, entitled "30/30-150", has been made available for download here. The song comes off the group's forthcoming sophomore album, "Come What(ever) May" (cover), due on August 22 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and marks the group's first effort since the departure of drummer Joel Ekman.

STONE SOUR recently announced the addition of drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, most recently a touring member of SEPULTURA) as a full-fledged member of the group.

STONE SOUR recently shot a video for "30/30-150" in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (MÖTLEY CRÜE, OTEP). A second clip — for the track "Through Glass" — is expected to be lensed during the coming weeks. You can watch a clip of the band working in the studio here, with a rough cut of new track "Reborn" used as the soundtrack.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Bloodsimple to Open for Alice In Chains

Bloodsimple are currently in the studio following up their major label debut, "A Cruel World". They have announced they will be opening for Alice In Chains and Stone Sour and performing at many European festivals. The band had the following to say:

"What'sup everyone!! we're in the studio writting for the next record but we'll take a break in June to go play some monster festivals in Europe , along with a tour with Alice in Chains and Stone Sour. Should be pretty nuts. An amazing way to end a 16 month touring cycle for A Cruel World. The plan after that is to record in the summer and be back in full tour mode by the end of the year. We hope to give the bloodsimple site and myspace a major overhaul soon so stick around and check that out...."

"I wanna give alot of much appreciated thanks to everyone of you who bought the record and supported us live...now we get to do it all over again!!!"

"In the meantime go see the Unholy Alliance tour if at all possible and go fuckin nuts!"

Tour dates are as follows:

June 2 - Rock Am Ring - Nurburgring
June 3 - Rock Im Park - Bavaria Nurnburg
June 4 - Gods of Metal Festival - Milan
June 6 - Novesta Hall - Zlin
June 7 - Spodek - Katowice
June 8 - Petofi Csarnok Open Air - Budapest
June 10 - Download - Donington Park
June 11 - Download - Dublin
June 13 - Volkshaus - Zurich
June 15 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf
June 17 - Festival - Hultsfred
June 19 - Vega - Copenhagen
June 20 - Rockefeller - Oslo
June 22 - Batacian - Paris
June 23 - Hellfest - Nantes
June 24 - Metal Meeting - Graspop
June 26 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona
June 27 - Macumba - Madrid
June 30 - Full Force Festival - Leipzig
July 1 - Waldrock - Holland
July 2 - Goffert Park - Fields of Rock - Holland


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Stone Sour Confirm Album Title

Stone Sour have confirmed that their second album - scheduled for release through Roadrunner on August 22nd - will indeed be named Come What(ever) May.

A video for the song "30/30-150" was just shot in Los Angeles with director Paul Brown (Motley Crue, Otep), and a photo shoot with Chapman Baehler (Velvet Revolver, Audioslave) has also been completed.

The band now plans to rehearse for the next couple of weeks, then shoot a video for the song "Through Glass," after which they will begin a European tour at the Rock Am Ring Festival on June 2nd.

In the meantime, whet your appetite with the band-made studio clip featuring another brand new song, "Reborn," as musical backdrop.

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Family Values Tour Details, Cities Revealed

As previously reported, Korn and The Deftones are heading up the ressurected Family Values Tour, started and headlined by Korn eight years ago. This year's tour is said to have a second stage for the first time, with acts yet to be announced. The main stage will be rounded out by Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Dir En Grey, who Davis described as "this crazy Japanese band that are just out of their minds." Lawn tickets will be $9.99 at each stop.

MTV.com has some more detail and commentary by Jonathan Davis and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno:

"The first [Family Values] with us on it was the best, and we just decided, let's do this again," Korn singer Jonathan Davis said of 1998's outing with Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Rammstein and Orgy. "We're gonna break out the old Family Values stuff we got in storage and really put on a cool show."

"No band can go down to $9.99 and do the production and that kind of stuff that we're doing, but the deal we did [becoming equal partners with EMI and promoters Live Nation] allows us to be able to do that, which is really cool," Davis said. "I don't want to slap bands for making their ticket prices so high, 'cause I understand production and that stuff costs a lot. ... But Madonna's are like 300 bucks a ticket. I can't even believe that. Ten bucks for a show is ridiculous, and I think kids that aren't Korn fans will wanna go just to check out other bands or just go to have a good time."

Having a good time will also be a priority for Korn, who will balance their intense sets with a lot of backstage hanging out.

"We haven't toured with [the Deftones] since '97 or '96, and we're really excited," Davis said. "We love those guys. We started out together. Literally it was us and them, and back in the day we used to drive to Sacramento [California] and play at their home clubs. And they would drive to Huntington Beach and play the clubs we'd play, so we've been friends for a long, long time, and it's cool to be back together again and sharing the same stage."

Tour dates for the 30-city Family Values Tour have not been announced yet, but organizers have released a list of cities: More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Stone Sour Finish Recording New Album

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, have completed the recording process for their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Come What May", at a Los Angeles studio with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). "16 tracks were recorded and we're in the process of picking just how many will go on the album," guitarist Josh Rand writes on the band's web site. "We're hoping for a late summer release. We are so excited for you to hear this! From songs like '30/30-150', to 'Zzyzx Road', it's much more diverse and mature than the first record. Sonically, it's amazing!

"We are currently working on the U.S. tour schedule, and new merch. We will keep you posted as more info comes in.

"Onto stage two of the process: mixing! This will be handled by Randy Staub (METALLICA, HATEBREED) starting on the 10th of this month." More...

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Stone Sour "Looking To Do Way Bigger Business"


Morley Seaver of antiMUSIC recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

antiMUSIC: You've secured [producer] Nick Raskulinecz for the [new] record. What made you choose him?

Josh Rand: "For me, it was just when I talked to him. I just felt comfortable with him. And for myself who's new to have somebody come in and actually like become a member of the family… I spent a lot of time demoing. I do a lot of writing. And to have somebody come in and say, 'Can you change this or that?' is really interesting. But for some reason with him, when we were making a decision, I just felt super-comfortable with him. And what he's done…his previous work. The stuff with VELVET REVOLVER and of course with the FOO FIGHTERS speaks volumes, you know. So it was a no-brainer for us."

antiMUSIC: What is the songwriting process like in STONE SOUR? Considering Corey [Taylor, vocals] is usually involved with other things, I would imagine you guys write on your own and bring back finished songs minus lyrics whenever you reconvene. Is that right? Or do you write together?

Josh Rand: "We don't write together. The first record, I pretty much did all the music. Corey did all the vocals. On this record, however, everybody was involved in one way or another. Basically I wrote all the heavier stuff. Corey wrote all the vocals. Jim [Root, guitar] wrote several songs. Shawn [Economaki, bass] wrote a song and actually one song was written off Shawn's drum beat. So everybody has contributed to this record. Everybody writes by themselves. For myself, I write all the music and what I think the arrangement should be. Then I'll turn it over to Corey. He might make some changes and then I'll bring it to the group, if I think it's good. Then it'll grow from there because everybody will add their own little thing to it."

antiMUSIC: The last record went gold. Were the other guys concerned that the public was getting the wrong impression of what the band was all about from the success of "Bother", or that it was just the Corey Taylor project?

Josh Rand: "Yeah, I totally agree with that. I think that we're still misunderstood. We're a band. We're not Corey's side project. We're a functioning band. We were around before SLIPKNOT. For Corey to step away from SLIPKNOT…for him, it's to show a different side of him. But there's more to us. We're not, you know, just a couple of buddies getting together to jam with some other guys and tour for a month. We're a serious band. We take it very seriously. So does our record company. We're looking to do way bigger business with this record. I honestly believe this material is way better. It's more mature. We were rushed the first time around. It was basically me and Corey just jamming. We did almost all those songs basically by ourselves. It started off being just two friends together and then all of a sudden it became this other thing. The next thing you know we're signing this record contract, recording the first record and things happened really quickly."

Read the full article at Rocknworld.

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Stone Sour Part Ways With Drummer

STONE SOUR, featuring SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor, have posted the following announcement at their MySpace page:

"Things are going really well in the studio and we'll have a more in-depth update next week, but for now, we wanted to let you know about a change in the band. Sadly Joel Ekman, Stone Sour’s original drummer, is no longer going to be part of the band. This is something that we all discussed and feel is best for the five of us and for the future of Stone Sour. This has been the most intense recording process of our career and the next year of touring will be equally, if not more, intense. Our world tour kicks off June 2 in Germany and our goal is to play as many cities and countries as possible. We're in discussions with a few drummers now and will let you know who that person will be as soon as we come to a decision.

We wish the best to Joel and to his family."

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Stone Sour Issue Another Studio Update

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are continuing work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). "We now have 13 guitar tracks, 12 bass tracks, and 8 vocal tracks done of the 17 songs that we plan to record," guitarist Josh Rand said.

The drum tracks on the STONE SOUR CD were completed by session drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA) after the band's regular skinsman, Joel Ekman, was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with brain stem glioma (brain cancer) last fall.

You can check out photos from the studio at this location.

In related news, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to Revolver magazine about the progress of the recording sessions for the sophomore album from his STONE SOUR project, which also features in its ranks Taylor's SLIPKNOT bandmate Jim Root (guitar). The follow-up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother", is being recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER) and features a guest appearance on drums by Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA). Mayorga was enlisted to lay down the drum tracks after the band's regular skinsman, Joel Ekman, was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with brain stem glioma (brain cancer) last fall. More...

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Stone Sour Studio Update, Photos Available

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are still hard at work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). The drum tracks by session drummer Roy Mayorga (ex-SOULFLY, currently a touring member of SEPULTURA) are complete, according to the most recent studio report submitted by guitarist Josh Rand. "Jim and myself just finished up guitar tracks for the song 'Your God' today, so that makes 8 out of 17 rhythm guitar tracks done," Rand said. "[Bassist] Shawn has also started tracking this week and Corey plans on singing tonight."

You can check out photos from the studio at this location.

STONE SOUR drummer Joel Ekman was forced to sit out the recording sessions for the group's new album in order to spend time with his nine-year-old son, who was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall.

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Ex-Soulfly Drummer To Play On New Stone Sour Album

STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are hard at work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). Guitarist Josh Rand has filed the following candid report from inside the studio:

"As we roll into week four of the recording process for the new album, a lot has happened...

"Starting off with a week of pre-production as [our producer] Nick pushed us to the brink and back, we fine-tuned the songs for the record. Now with eighteen tracks slated to be recorded we were ready to begin the drum tracks.

"[However,] two weeks into the recording of the drums Joel [Ekman] would have to leave the project and return home to his family. His nine-year-old son is very sick. He was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall. With the fate of the record now up in the air a decision had to be made: postpone the record or bring in someone to finish the drum tracks. So with Joel's blessing, Roy Mayorga [ex-SOULFLY, current SEPULTURA touring drummer] will finish the drum tracks as we move forward.

"On behalf of myself and the rest of STONE SOUR our prayers go out to the Ekmans."

STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".

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Slipknot To Take A Break In 2006

Slipknot are hanging up their masks in the New Year to take a temporary break, so frontman Corey Taylor can concentrate on his side project Stone Sour.

After spending 2005 touring the world promoting album Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses, Taylor is looking forward to the change -- particularly as his second band allows him to be more flexible, according to ContactMusic.

He says, "As diverse as Slipknot is, there's a whole diversity in Stone Sour that I can't do with Slipknot.

"That's important to me - I need both of those worlds."

Stone Sour have already enlisted the talents of producer Nick Rasculinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) for their upcoming sophomore album. The band will work at Dave Grohl's studio in Los Angeles beginning January 25. More than 30 demos were written for the LP, which is due in June.

In other Slipknot news, Toazted.com -- the website with the world's largest collection of MP3 interviews online -- has awarded Slipknot for being the most downloaded artist of 2005.

Over a 100,000 fans downloaded the "Subliminal Verses" interview to hear front man Corey Taylor talking about their sold out tour and the upcoming recording of Taylor's famous side project Stone Sour.

Slipknot won Toazted honors in two categories. One, being Toazted's Most Popular Heavy Metal Band Of 2005 leaving Rammstein, System of a Down and metal gods Metallica behind and Two, being Toazted's Most Popular Act Of 2005 leaving bands like Coldplay, Greenday and Franz Ferdinand in the dust.

This is the first year the website is honoring the winners with the Toazted Award. The "Most Wanted" Award was presented to Corey Taylor in New York City at the Nokia theatre on December 15.

You can check out the interview here.

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