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Staind

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

Staind is a four-piece alternative metal group from Springfield, Massachusetts.Staind formed and played their first evershowin February 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting throughfriendsand covering KoRn, Rage Against theMachine,Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for twoyears,Staind self-released their debutalbum,Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Thealbum isgenerally regarded as theband'sheaviest and "rawest" effort. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, asonly fourthousand copies wereoriginally 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 forthemataBoston, Massachusetts show and eventually signed them to his Flip record label and co-producedtheir1999breakthroughDysfunction with Terry Date. Although it is supposed that the band owe a lot of success to Durst,AaronLewishas expressedin interviews that the band never had much of a relationship with either the singer or the band,claimingtheband 'onlyworked on four songs with Durst and recorded the rest of the album themselves.' [1] Staind havenotbeenassociated withDurst since he directed several videos from their 2001 follow-up. To this day, Dysfunction has soldovertwomillion copies inthe U.S. alone. The album was given mediocre reviews by critics for being "indicative of the times",but alargenumber of theband's fans nonetheless regard it as the group's best work. The nine-track nu-metal LP (with onehiddentrack,"ExcessBaggage") produced three singles, all of which enjoyed radio play. The most well-known, "Mudshovel,"(whichalsoappearedon Tormented, spelled as "Mudshuvel"), has since become a staple of the band's live show. Staind touredwithLimpBizkit forthe Family Values Tour during the fall of 1999, where Aaron Lewis performed their first mainstreamhit"Outside" (asong hewas working on at the time but had not yet finished—he finished it on the fly while performing) withFredDurst tohundreds ofwaving cigarette lighters, and which set them up for their smash hit 2001 album Break the Cycle,whichbroughttheminternational success (it went number 1 in both the U.S. and the UK), sold more than 7 million copies, andhadfirstweeksales of over 767,000 in the U.S. alone. The album sees the band move away from the nu-metal soundsoftheirpreviousalbum 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 televisionshows),"Outside,""ForYou," and "Epiphany," and included a track called "Waste," devoted to two teenage fans whocommittedsuicideshortlybefore the album was released. The album also received mixed critical praise; Rolling Stone magazinecalledthem "thegrimgenre's most song-oriented, downright sensitive band in years" while New Musical Express referred tothealbum as "14tracksof parent-friendly grunge-flavoured soft rock that make Creed sound like GG Allin." (a statementthatproved ironic,sinceBreak the Cycle was later included in Hit Parader's The Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time at number 46andThe Top 10"NewMetal" CDs at #3). 'It's Been Awhile' spent a total of 16 and 14 weeks on top of the modern andmainstreamrockcharts,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,14ShadesOfGrey, which sold two million albums and also debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The fourteen-trackcollection wastheband's most mainstream yet, and showed Aaron Lewis writing songs about his daughter, as well asmovingon with his lifeandforgetting his past, hence the title representing uncertainty for the future and forgiveness (a tributetoLewis's supposedidolLayne Staley from Alice In Chains also appeared on the album). The album provided two mainstreamhits:the lead single"Priceto Play", and "So Far Away" (which spent 14 weeks on top of the rock chart); in addition, twoothersingles failed tocrack theHot 100—"How About You" and "Zoe Jane"— but "How About You" was a fairly popular songonmodern rock radio.The band'sappearance 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 werereleased for the special edition of the group's Chapter V, which came out in late2005.

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 ChickenShackfortheirsingle "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 2002albumReanimation,alsopreforming background vocals on Sevendust's song "Follow" off the album Animosity and Scooter WardofCold on thetrack"Bleed" from early 2001.

After extensive promotions, including an appearance on Fuse TV's 7th Avenue Drop, Staind's newest album,titledChapterVwas released on August 9, 2005, and became their third consecutive number one in a row. The album openedtosalesof185,000 and has since been certified platinum in the U.S. The first single "Right Here" has been the biggestsuccessfromthealbum thus far, garnering much mainstream radio play and peaking at number 1 on the mainstream rockchart."Falling"(thevideo of which does not feature the band members at all) and "Everything Changes" have also beenreleased andthereareplans to release another single, "King Of All Excuses." Staind have been on the road since the albumcame outdoingliveshows and promoting it for a full year, including participating in the Fall Brawl tour with P.O.D., Taproot andFlyleaf,asolotour across Europe and a mini-promotional tour in Australia for the first time. Recent live shows have includedacoverofPantera'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 ChapterV.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 animatedvideowascreated 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. Aswell,theirsong"So Far Away" was featured on an episode of WWE RAW as part of a video tribute to hardcore wrestlinglegendMickFoley.During a January 2006 Episode of WWE RAW, a tribute video to then WWE Champion Edge featured theband'ssong"RightHere..

In early November of 2005, Staind released the limited edition 2-CD/DVD set of Chapter V, which includedseveralraritiesandfan favorites— music videos; a complete, 36-page booklet with exclusive artwork; an audio disc with anacousticrenditionof"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 numberofsuccessfulsingles spanning several albums, and have soldtwelve million albums worldwide. « hide

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Staind
2011

3.6
275 Votes
The Illusion of Progress
2008

2.7
289 Votes
Chapter V
2005

3
374 Votes
14 Shades of Grey
2003

2.8
463 Votes
Break the Cycle
2001

3.4
760 Votes
Dysfunction
1999

3.5
466 Votes
Tormented
1996

3.2
186 Votes
Live Albums
Live from Mohegan Sun
07/10/2012

4.4
7 Votes
MTV Unplugged
2002

4.2
12 Votes
Compilations
Greatest Hits
2006

3.7
81 Votes

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