Slipknot burst onto the scene in the early 2000’s and were widely considered a gimmick band by many. They managed to dispel this perception through hard work and endless live shows where their presence and showmanship moved them to another level. In early 2001 the name Corey taylor was pretty much unknown. Nowadays you can’t read a copy of Metal hammer without either and article about him or at least a few quotes. He is probably the biggest rock star in metal today. Having read a few of his books one can see that this is one energetic driven guy. Too much is never enough, one would think that with Slipknot he’d have his hands full. Obviously a workaholic Corey put his old pre-Slipknot band Stone Sour back togetrher again with his Slipknot pal James Root. This debut album was hard hitting and really aggressive but without alll the masks and make-up and additional ‘showmanshit’ that went with being in Slipknot. I have to say that in many ways I prefered Stone Sour t Slipknot and the second album Come What May is still to this day one of the best albums I have ever heard.