Alternative-metal band Stone Sour was founded more than 20 years ago in Des Moines, Iowa, by frontman Corey Taylor (who was eventually recruited by Slipknot to handle singing duties). And despite making several demos, the group went on hiatus five years later, in 1997. But it didn’t take, and Stone Sour—now Corey Taylor (vocals and piano), Johny Chow (bass), Roy Mayorga (drums), Josh Rand (guitar) and Jim Root (guitar)— reunited in 2002, finally releasing their debut self-titled album. Stone Sour (above, playing “Made of Scars”) have a new LP, their fifth, House of Gold & Bones, Part 2, due out this spring, and they’ve been compared to a cross between Alice in Chains and Metallica.
Initially, Papa Roach dabbled in punk rock and rap, but somewhere along the way, the Northern California group became immersed in hard rock. Last year, the four-piece— Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Tobin Esperance (bass and vocals), Jerry Horton (guitar and vocals) and Tony Palermo (drums)—released their seventh album, The Connection (stream it below), which finds them deftly mixing their rap-rock roots with their newer metal ways. And even better, you can see a fantastic, heavy-duty double bill when Papa Roach (above, doing “Angels and Insects”) and Stone Sour play Terminal 5 tonight.