Returning to their roots, Staind has put together an album reminiscent of the Woodstock \’99 music scene. The days when Limp Bizkit and the Deftones ruled the roost. Singles like â€˜Mudshovel\’ and â€˜Home\’ gained them notoriety on the scene and paved their way to stardom.
Back then Staind\’s genre was metal. They were in the same league as the above mentioned artists as well as bands like Tool and Sevendust. Over time, however, they evolved, producing a more alternative sound and getting the attention of a more mainstream audience.
In 2001 they released â€˜Break the Cycle\’, a 14 track album, and their best-selling to date. Hits like â€˜Outside\’ and â€˜It\’s Been Awhile\’ were chart toppers and received moderate airplay. It seemed that they had found their stride and continued to produce similar music for the next 7 years.
In that time span Staind did spawn some noteworthy releases. â€˜So Far Away\’ and â€˜Right Here\’ did well but they were never again able to match the success or attention given to their 2001 release.
Since their last release, â€˜The Illusion of Progress\’ in 2008, which included â€˜This Is It\’, a track featured on the â€˜Transformers â€“ Revenge of the Fallen\’ soundtrack, they seem to have taken a step back and evaluated what they want to do.
In 2010, frontman Aaron Lewis announced the start of their seventh studio album. A year later long-time drummer John Wysocki and the band parted ways being replaced by Sal Giancarelli. Change was in the air in the Staind camp and my guess would be that creative direction was to blame. Work did not cease, however, and eventually they announced the album\’s release as September 13th, 2011.
The currently self-titled album consists of 10 tracks and judging by the few tracks released already we are in for a treat.Â â€˜Not Again\’ was officially released on July 26th and surprised Staind fans everywhere. Harder than anything they\’ve put together in years it is a definite break from their previous formula and has been receiving the thumbs-up from owners of their first few albums.
The first released track â€˜Eyes Wide Open\’, released to radio on June 30th, is not as good in my opinion as â€˜Not Again\’ but it proves that it\’s not a fluke. It is yet another hard-hitting, heavy song with rhythm and life. Additionally, a new release â€˜The Bottom\’ appeared on the â€˜Transformers â€“ Dark of the Moon\’ soundtrack.
I\’m always a fan of a band returning to their roots. Growth is inevitable but you can\’t forget or deny what put you on the map in the first place. Welcome back Staind, we\’ve missed you!