Photo Credit: Stone Sour

Photo Credit: Stone Sour

American hard rock group Stone Sour may be best known as the initial collaboration and side project of Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, however this unit has proved to be a far more diverse force since it’s formation in 1992 and eventual reunion in 2000.

While Root has long stepped away from the project, Stone Sour has introduced the likes of bassist Johny Chow and hardcore punk guitarist Christian Martucci into their midst, resulting in a far more diverse assortment of talent assembled in one lineup. This collective has demonstrated their variety throughout their ongoing series of cover EPs, which have found their way to surface over the past twelve months.

The premiere release ‘Meanwhile in Burbank…’ showed the members of Stone Sour providing their own take on “We Die Young” from Alice in Chains, “Heading Out to the Highway” by Judas Priest, “Love Gun” by KISS, “Creeping Death” from Metallica and the Black Sabbath staple “Children of the Grave.” A wise assortment, however the collection of tracks which appeared on Stone Sour’s new offering ‘Straight Outta Burbank…’ has the potential to be even more standout.

Stone Sour’s sophomore installment in their so-called ‘Burbank Trilogy’ features a few wild covers of hard and heavy metal favorites, such as “Too Fast For Love” by Motley Crue, “Seasons in the Abyss” by Slayer and “Running Free” from Iron Maiden. However, a few surprising renditions of Bad Brains’ “Sailin’ On” and a duet with Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale on a cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter” makes ‘Straight Outta Burbank…’ that much more unique.

Taylor recently explained the idea behind Stone Sour’s trilogy of cover EPs, saying: “This is something we’ve been talking about for years. And we decided, instead of putting it all on one, and trying to make that work, we were, like, ‘Let’s have fun with it.’ It was kind of the same spirit of why we wanted to do ’em in the first place — is ’cause we wanted to have fun, just to kind of take the edge off, take the pressure off and just go in and have fun and kind of show the world what got us into making music in the first place.

“So we broke it up into three. That way, we could kind of play with the artwork, make it fun for the fans, and just have a good time with it. ‘Cause we’re making our nut on covers. But at the same time, when you do something like that, you wanna represent to the best of your ability. And by spacing it out and letting the fans get into five at a time, nothing gets lost in the shuffle. It just felt like by doing it that way, people would have time to digest each five before the next one comes on.”

The forthcoming third and final EP from Stone Sour’s ‘Burbank Trilogy’ has been titled ‘No Sleep ‘Till Burbank’ and will reportedly feature covers of songs by Van Halen, Violent Femmes, Buzzcocks, Rage Against the Machine and AC/DC. ‘No Sleep ‘Till Burbank’ is expected to be released in 2016.