That first Stone Sour record meant a lot to me as a preteen (was 12 when it came out) & after "Animosity" by Sevendust... "Declaration of a Headhunter" by Stuck Mojo it was one of the first albums I really dug from start-to-finish. I went on a trip to Mexico during the Summer of '02 & just remember playing that album over & over on the plane, at the pool. Everywhere... lol
Let's see... half of the band was the same. Not just Corey Taylor but also Jim Root was the guitarist from 2001-2014. Back in the day... I got exposed to the first Slipknot record, though it had a couple standout songs but once I heard Stone Sour. It was just a more intelligible, more calculated & tactile song-writing approach (while still maintaining some heaviness & a lot of Corey Taylor melodies...) A lot of what Slipknot did always felt excessive (9 members...) forced & simply for publicity. Arrangement wise a lot of those songs... let's just say BEND the TRUTH. I don't view Slipknot's music as honest as these first 2 Stone Sour records.