STONE SOUR, the band featuring SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are hard at work on their sophomore album with producer Nick Rasculinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, VELVET REVOLVER). Guitarist Josh Rand has filed the following candid report from inside the studio:"As we roll into week four of the recording process for the new album, a lot has happened... "Starting off with a week of pre-production as [our producer] Nick pushed us to the brink and back, we fine-tuned the songs for the record. Now with eighteen tracks slated to be recorded we were ready to begin the drum tracks. "[However,] two weeks into the recording of the drums Joel [Ekman] would have to leave the project and return home to his family. His nine-year-old son is very sick. He was diagnosed with Brain Stem Glioma (brain cancer) last fall. With the fate of the record now up in the air a decision had to be made: postpone the record or bring in someone to finish the drum tracks. So with Joel's blessing, Roy Mayorga [ex-SOULFLY, current SEPULTURA touring drummer] will finish the drum tracks as we move forward. "On behalf of myself and the rest of STONE SOUR our prayers go out to the Ekmans." STONE SOUR's new album will follow up the group's 2002 self-titled debut, which went gold and featured the hit single, "Bother".