Hard rock hereos Staind have announced details of their self-titled seventh studio album. The band’s first full-length release in three years arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on September 19th. On ‘Staind’, they channel the intensity from their early days with taut technicality.
Produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, Machine Head) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, the eponymous record stands as Staind’s most intense and powerful work to date. Unveiling new song ‘Eyes Wide Open’ recently online, the track garnered high praise, leading top music magazine Metal Hammer to exclaim, “3:29 [the track’s length]: how much time it took to convince us that the new Staind album is going to be amazing.”
Lead single ‘Not Again’ boasts pummeling guitars and an incisive, infectious hook. "That was born out of the frustrations of making this record," exclaims singer/songwriter/guitarist Aaron Lewis. "It came out of being really fucking pissed off, and you can hear that in my voice." Meanwhile, ‘The Bottom’, featured on the ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’ movie soundtrack, twists and turns through a haze of grinding guitars, bass, and drums. With clean guitar and singing, ‘Something to Remind You’ is sparse and elegantly brutal, while ‘Paper Wings’ burns with raw rage.
Guitarist Mike Mushok sums up the band’s return to form best. "It’s like ‘Dysfunction’ 2011," he smiles, referring to their previous 1999 release. "The music goes back to where we started, but there’s still melody. We were ready to make an album that was heavy from beginning to end. It was time." "There’s a deeper anger to the vocals and music," explains bassist Johnny April. "Some of the riffs Mike came up with were challenging and incredibly different. We’ve grown so much, and at the same time managed to find out way back to our roots.” “It’s the heaviest thing we have recorded in a long time” adds Lewis. “It’s definitely one of the heaviest collections of songs that we have put together.”
‘Staind’ will be released as a standard CD and a special edition CD/DVD. This package will also contain live versions of the songs ‘For You’ and ‘Spleen’, as well as a 60-minute documentary covering the making of the record and the departure of original drummer Jon Wysocki, which Lewis aptly dubs, "Some Kind of Monster on steroids. It unveils everything that went into this.”
Staind’s decade-plus career has seen worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million and five #1 singles. With heartfelt lyrics, resounding guitar, and Aaron Lewis’ unmistakable voice, the New England-based band leapt to the forefront of alternative metal in 2001 with their hugely popular third album ‘Break The Cycle’. Fueled by the hit singles ‘Outside’ and ‘It’s Been Awhile’, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, ultimately taking the band multi-platinum. Two years later, the band went platinum again with follow-up album ‘14 Shades Of Gray’. Fast forward another two years to 2005, and Staind’s third consecutive platinum-certified, chart-topping #1 album ‘Chapter V’ arrived. In 2008, sixth record ‘The Illusion Of Progress’ made a top 3 debut driven by the #1 alt rock song “Believe’.
In addition to his continuing work with Staind, singer Aaron Lewis is a fervent road warrior, performing solo acoustic shows featuring both classic Staind songs and tracks from his solo EP ‘Town Line’, which debuted in the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart (#7 Billboard 200) and earned him two CMT video nominations. New Years Eve 2010 saw him reunited with old friend Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, for an acoustic radio show during which they performed a number of covers together, including hits by Pink Floyd, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. Corey and Aaron previously performed a Pantera cover together at the Ride For Dime tribute concert for Dimebag Darrell. The two will once again share the stage at the second annual It Takes A Community benefit show in August 2011, to raise money for the non-profit It Takes A Community foundation ** set up by Aaron Lewis.
Since day one, Staind has found ways to make darkness beautiful, wrapping shards of melody inside a distorted hum. Mushok comments, "I’m very happy to know we can go back to where we came from and write a record like this. It wasn’t an easy process, but it was worth it."
"As a songwriter, you can only hope someone feels what you’re feeling," concludes Lewis. "In terms of what I get off my chest, the subject matter has always been a release for me. I think this record is another perfect example of that."
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** The charity’s focus is reviving rural communities in the greater New England area, working with local leaders and organizations who have firsthand knowledge of their community’s needs. It strives to raise funds and support groups who strengthen and enrich the communities they are in, sustain diminishing public services, and provide assistance to communities in crisis. They work to unite resources and ideas to help communities create a better tomorrow.
The idea to start a charity came to Lewis as a result of his local district closing half of the schools in the area due to budget cuts. He decided to take action the best way he knew how: by hitting the road and performing. Lewis took the money he personally earned from his performances as well as profits from the first benefit concert held in August 2010 and opened the private R.H. Conwell Education Center. The foundation funded everything from desks, books, and school supplies to the teachers’ salaries. "My family has been directly affected by school closures in our rural area due to state budget cuts," Lewis has said. "We have seen firsthand the necessity for smaller communities to have a voice and to determine their own local needs and priorities. Our foundation strives to do just that–to build a collective of local community members and empower them to take charge of their own community’s future."