Stone Sour were first formed as a duo with Corey Taylor and Joel Ekman on the line-up. The band were named after an alcoholic drink that consists of one part whiskey, one part orange juice, with a splash of sour mix. By 1996, they had grown to become a four piece with the addition of Jim Root and Shawn Economaki and started to shop around their demo. They did not land any record deal until 2000. This made them deciding to take a break which was later used by Taylor and Root to work for Slipknot which already sealed major record deal.
Their first debut album was a self-titled one, making its way out via RoadRunner in 2002. Corey and Root put together the band and began recording the album after completing a Slipknot tour. They busted the chart, reaching No. 46 on Billboard Hot 200 with the "Stone Sour" album. Their single "Bother" which was featured in movie "Spider-Man" climbed to No. 2 and No. 4 on Mainstream and Modern Rocks charts respectively. They even got double Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance and received Gold certification from RIAA.
Four years later, they tasted another success with their second album "Come What(ever) May". But sadly, they had to let go one member Ekman who left the group to take care of his cancer-stricken son. Sans Ekman, they built even bigger audience as the album rose to No. 4 on Hot 200 and toured across North America a year after.
While working the third studio album "Audio Secrecy", Taylor and Root hit the road with Slipknot, while their member Roy Mayorga who was hired to replace Ekman was involved with his side project Black President. The album arrived in United States on September 7 and was described as darker "but a lot more melodic, a lot stronger, a lot more mature" than their previous works. The first single "Say You'll Haunt Me" ruled Billboard Rock Songs and Hot Mainstream Tracks, while the effort itself peaked at No. 6 on Hot 200.