Listen to Stone Sour's unreleased demo of The Wicked

Stone Sour
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Stone Sour (opens in new tab) have released a demo version of rare early track The Wicked.

The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the special edition of the band’s self-titled debut album in 2002.

Says guitarist Josh Rand: “The Wicked is one of my favorite songs from the Project X demo. I prefer the demo version over the version that’s on the self-titled release. I just feel it has a better overall vibe.”

Check out a stream of the demo below.

Stone Sour released their new album Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno through Cooking Vinyl at the end of 2019.

The performance was recorded at Stone Sour’s show in the city on October 5, 2018, with Rand later admitting the band had no idea the performance was being recorded – telling the Metal Sucks podcast (opens in new tab): “The initial plan was for us to record on the Russian tour. 

“The equipment came in a couple of days early and our tour manager/front of house guy ended up hooking it up just to test run it at the Reno show. He didn't tell any of us and he recorded the show. 

“The next day he says, 'Hey, guys. I recorded last night's show. Check it out.' We listened to it and we were all pretty stoked with the performance.”

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.