Stone Sour – Hello, You Bastards: Live in Reno

Rating: 3.5/5
Released: 2019
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Band line-up:

Corey Taylor – Vocals
Josh Rand – Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Chow – Bass, Backing Vocals
Christian Martucci – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Roy Mayorga – Drums


2. Taipei Person / Allah Tea
3. Do Me a Favor
4. Knievel Has Landed
5. Whiplash Pants
6. Absolute Zero
7. Bother
8. Tired
9. Red Rose Violent Blue
10. 30/30-150
11. Get Inside
12. Reborn
13. Song #3
14. Through Glass
15. Made of Scars
16. Fabuless


It’s impressive when a band you never seek out delivers an album that impresses your biased musical palate, and it is beyond impressive when that album is a live release – a format I have never been keen on.

In this case, we have the Hard Rock/Alternative Metal group Stone Sour, fronted by Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame. This release recorded live in Reno, Nevada in October 2018 showcases the band at their finest, delivering tunes from all-across their nearly thirty-year history.

The name Stone Sour will easily bring a smile to any Hard Rock fan’s face, especially if they know they’re playing live somewhere, so if they cannot make it to the show, this album is one to get their hands on. ‘Hello ,You Bastards’ begins with a humorous voice announcing the title and has Corey Taylor greeting the crowd and hyping the screams in all his Rock n Roll charisma.

Not all this release is driven by hefty guitars, elongated solos or cries for more, but has its fair share of acoustic tunes like ‘Bother’, a nostalgic piece for any keen Spider-Man fanatic. Other fan favourites like ‘Absolute Zero’ and ‘Through Glass’ are performed with the ample strength needed for an Alternative Metal show.

Speaking as someone who has never been a fan of Slipknot, I will say I was taken by Taylor’s excellent stage presence and Christian Martucci’s brilliance on the lead guitar. ‘Hello, You Bastards’ doesn’t contain any overlays or extra mastering, it’s simply Stone Sour performing for an excited crowd with no strings attached.

A fine addition to your collection if you like good quality live records.

Review by Demitri Levantis