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Staind is a four-piece alternative metal group from Springfield, Massachusetts.Staind formed and played their first ever show in February 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting throughfriendsand covering KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for twoyears,Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Thealbum isgenerally regarded as the band's heaviest and "rawest" effort. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, asonly fourthousand copies were originall ...read more

Staind is a four-piece alternative metal group from Springfield, Massachusetts.Staind formed and played their first ever show in February 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting throughfriendsand covering KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for twoyears,Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Thealbum isgenerally regarded as the band's heaviest and "rawest" effort. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, asonly fourthousand copies were originally sold. Since then, the demand from fans has allowed it to be released through theband'sofficial website.

The band's big break came in October 1997 after Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst witnessed the band open up for them ataBoston, Massachusetts show and eventually signed them to his Flip record label and co-produced their 1999breakthroughDysfunction with Terry Date. Although it is supposed that the band owe a lot of success to Durst, Aaron Lewishas expressedin interviews that the band never had much of a relationship with either the singer or the band, claiming theband 'onlyworked on four songs with Durst and recorded the rest of the album themselves.' [1] Staind have not beenassociated withDurst since he directed several videos from their 2001 follow-up. To this day, Dysfunction has sold over twomillion copies inthe U.S. alone. The album was given mediocre reviews by critics for being "indicative of the times", but a largenumber of theband's fans nonetheless regard it as the group's best work. The nine-track nu-metal LP (with one hidden track,"ExcessBaggage") produced three singles, all of which enjoyed radio play. The most well-known, "Mudshovel," (which alsoappearedon Tormented, spelled as "Mudshuvel"), has since become a staple of the band's live show. Staind toured with LimpBizkit forthe Family Values Tour during the fall of 1999, where Aaron Lewis performed their first mainstream hit "Outside" (asong hewas working on at the time but had not yet finished—he finished it on the fly while performing) with Fred Durst tohundreds ofwaving cigarette lighters, and which set them up for their smash hit 2001 album Break the Cycle, which broughttheminternational success (it went number 1 in both the U.S. and the UK), sold more than 7 million copies, and had firstweeksales of over 767,000 in the U.S. alone. The album sees the band move away from the nu-metal sounds of theirpreviousalbum and resort to an alternative metal sound which has spawned five hit singles to date, "It's Been Awhile," (whichhit theBillboard Top 10) "Fade," (which has been featured on a number of movie soundtracks and television shows), "Outside,""ForYou," and "Epiphany," and included a track called "Waste," devoted to two teenage fans who committed suicideshortlybefore the album was released. The album also received mixed critical praise; Rolling Stone magazine called them "thegrimgenre's most song-oriented, downright sensitive band in years" while New Musical Express referred to the album as "14tracksof parent-friendly grunge-flavoured soft rock that make Creed sound like GG Allin." (a statement that proved ironic,sinceBreak the Cycle was later included in Hit Parader's The Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time at number 46 and The Top 10"NewMetal" CDs at #3). 'It's Been Awhile' spent a total of 16 and 14 weeks on top of the modern and mainstream rockcharts,respectively, making it one of the highest joint number 1s (30 weeks) of all time.

In early 2003, Staind embarked on a world-wide tour to promote the release of the follow-up to Break The Cycle, 14ShadesOf Grey, which sold two million albums and also debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The fourteen-trackcollection wasthe band's most mainstream yet, and showed Aaron Lewis writing songs about his daughter, as well as movingon with his lifeand forgetting his past, hence the title representing uncertainty for the future and forgiveness (a tribute toLewis's supposedidol Layne Staley from Alice In Chains also appeared on the album). The album provided two mainstream hits:the lead single"Price to Play", and "So Far Away" (which spent 14 weeks on top of the rock chart); in addition, two othersingles failed tocrack the Hot 100—"How About You" and "Zoe Jane"— but "How About You" was a fairly popular song onmodern rock radio.The band's appearance at Reading Festival during the 2003 tour had another impromptu acoustic set, thistime due toequipment failure. The singles "So Far Away" and "Price to Play" came with two unreleased tracks, "Novocaine"and "Let ItOut," which were released for the special edition of the group's Chapter V, which came out in late 2005.

In 2003, Staind unsuccessfully sued their logo designer Jon Stainbrook in New York Federal Court ( blabbermouth.net)forattempting to re-use the logo he had sold to the band. They re-opened the case in mid-2005.

During the break between releases, Aaron Lewis performed backing vocals for good friends Jimmie's Chicken Shack fortheirsingle "Fallin' Out," taken from that band's LP Re.Present (released in 2004). He also worked with the popular nu-metalgroupLinkin Park in making a remix of their song "Crawling" (spelled as "Krwling") for the band's 2002 album Reanimation,alsopreforming background vocals on Sevendust's song "Follow" off the album Animosity and Scooter Ward of Cold on thetrack"Bleed" from early 2001.

After extensive promotions, including an appearance on Fuse TV's 7th Avenue Drop, Staind's newest album, titled ChapterVwas released on August 9, 2005, and became their third consecutive number one in a row. The album opened to salesof185,000 and has since been certified platinum in the U.S. The first single "Right Here" has been the biggest success fromthealbum thus far, garnering much mainstream radio play and peaking at number 1 on the mainstream rock chart. "Falling"(thevideo of which does not feature the band members at all) and "Everything Changes" have also been released and thereareplans to release another single, "King Of All Excuses." Staind have been on the road since the album came out doingliveshows and promoting it for a full year, including participating in the Fall Brawl tour with P.O.D., Taproot and Flyleaf, asolotour across Europe and a mini-promotional tour in Australia for the first time. Recent live shows have included a coverofPantera's This Love, a tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell.

Staind appeared on the Howard Stern Show on August 10, 2005, to promote their new album Chapter V. Theyperformedacoustic renditions of the single Right Here and Beetlejuice's song "This is Beetle." Their rendition of "Beetle" isimmenselypopular with fans and listeners alike and became a staple of the show. A black-and-white animated video wascreated for thesong by Kevin Lofton, who does all the animation for the Howard Stern website.

Their song "Price to Play" was the official theme song of WWE's Vengeance pay-per-view event in July 2003. As well,theirsong "So Far Away" was featured on an episode of WWE RAW as part of a video tribute to hardcore wrestling legendMickFoley. During a January 2006 Episode of WWE RAW, a tribute video to then WWE Champion Edge featured the band'ssong"Right Here..

In early November of 2005, Staind released the limited edition 2-CD/DVD set of Chapter V, which included several raritiesandfan favorites— music videos; a complete, 36-page booklet with exclusive artwork; an audio disc with an acoustic renditionof"This is Beetle"; the original, melodic rendition of "Reply"; the previously released B-side singles "Novocaine" and "Let ItOut";and live versions of "It's Been a While" and "Falling", among many others.

Over the past five years, the band has had alarge impact on rock and mainstream radio with a large number of successfulsingles spanning several albums, and have soldtwelve million albums worldwide. « hide

Similar Bands: Creed, Mudvayne, Alice in Chains, Chevelle, Sevendust

LPs
Staind
2011

3.6
221 Votes
The Illusion of Progress
2008

2.7
239 Votes
Chapter V
2005

3.1
326 Votes
14 Shades of Grey
2003

2.8
402 Votes
Break the Cycle
2001

3.4
659 Votes
Dysfunction
1999

3.5
393 Votes
Tormented
1996

3.3
154 Votes
Live Albums
Live from Mohegan Sun
07/10/2012

4
4 Votes
MTV Unplugged
2002

4.4
8 Votes
Compilations
Greatest Hits
2006

3.7
76 Votes

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