"LAX-A-TIVES! LAX-A-TIVES!" You never know what's going to rile up a bunch of metalheads. Monday at The Studio at Webster Hall, the excitement and stool-loosening call-to-arms came courtesy of Stone Sour, the more melodic and nuanced spinoff of masked metal kings Slipknot. The band, featuring Corey Taylor (lead vocals), Jim Root (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Rand (rhythm guitar), Shawn Economaki (bass guitar) and Roy Mayorga (drums, percussion), was celebrating the release of its third album "Audio Secrecy" in front of probably the smallest (300 or so) and rowdiest crowd in the group's almost two-decade long existence.
The mix of cheap/free drinks, heavy riffing and sweaty fan B.O. seemingly inspired Taylor, who admitted his pot-smoking ineptness and his more legal vices -- booze and laxatives. Yum. Musically, the group delivered a powerful blend of thrash, hard rock and acoustic power ballads, plus a Tom Petty cover (!) and a few new tracks. It sounded great, though the earnest new number "Miracles" did cause the guy next us to shout "f--king magnets, how do they work?" (Miss that Internet meme? Learn it here. —Kirk Miller