Stone Sour waited a whole decade between forming and releasing their breakout 2002 self-titled debut, and now guitarist Josh Rand has shared one of his and singer Corey Taylor's early demos from that intervening time period. It's for the song that opens Stone Sour's debut album and would be the focus of their first music video: "Get Inside."
"January 1, 2000. The first day of the new millennium," Rand wrote in the YouTube description for the newly released demo. "It was a homecoming show for Slipknot, and as Corey & myself sat at his grandma Thelma's house waiting to leave for the show that night, we played each other music that we had separately been working on. These were songs that he had written outside of Slipknot, and songs that I had recorded at home on a 4 track. After we listened to all of the tracks, we decided that we needed to record these songs at SR Studios in Des Moines during his time off from touring. These sessions took place over the next year and became the Project X/SuperEgo demo.
"Most of the songs from those sessions ended up on the first Stone Sour album," he continued. "The goal was not to have any musical boundaries; to play whatever we wanted regardless of what people might think.
"Here is the first version of Get Inside, the song that started it all." Stream it above, and for comparison, check out the final version below.
Stone Sour are currently on hiatus while Taylor focuses on Slipknot and then shifts to his solo album, according to a recent Guitar World interview with Rand. Even so, on December 13th, the band released their first-ever official live album, Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno.