Staind Sees 'Progress' On New LP

Staind has set an Aug. 19 release date for its next Atlantic album, "The Illusion of Progress."

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Staind has set an Aug. 19 release date for its next Atlantic album, "The Illusion of Progress." First single "Believe" will hit U.S. radio outlets on June 24, according to Billboard.com report. "It's a departure from the last record," Staind frontman Aaron Lewis tells Billboard. "There's a lot more effect-y experimentation and a lot more textures with vintage instruments and vintage amps." The band recorded at the studio that Lewis keeps in his barn with producer Johnny K. And while Staind previously swore to rock even harder this time out, Lewis says it's aware of pressure for another ballad-style track along the lines of such hits as "Outside" and "It's Been Awhile." "That's what the record label wants," he says. "You're foolish not to [be aware] of that." "Illusion" is the follow-up to 2005's "Chapter V," which has sold 986,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Staind will be on tour this summer, beginning July 4 in Muskegon, Mich.

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    JSmith38
    chapter 5 was pretty good in my opinion. not so much on 14 shades of grey. i liked the dysfuntion and tormented stuff the most but hopefully the new album will be more like those
    Gooze
    they had a song on "Break the Cycle" called "Can't Believe." I think this is hilarious ironic, but I guess they changed their minds and are just going to sell out.
    MetalOxymoron
    Im anxious to hear the new record. I thought Dysfunction and Break the Cycle were great, 14 was good and Chapter V was great. I've seen them twice live and Im hoping to see them a third time
    uncere4ever
    They have a few similar named songs Gooze. But what the Sh** does that have anything to do with selling out. The write softer songs because they want to. Just as much as they want to write heavier songs. If you dont at least "try" to do what the label wants then you are no good ot them. Staind is amazing and always will be..They are NOT sellouts.
    thedarkblues06
    Gooze wrote: they had a song on "Break the Cycle" called "Can't Believe." I think this is hilarious ironic, but I guess they changed their minds and are just going to sell out.
    I disagree. I think the record company is acting in the best interest of the band. I mean you've seen the kind of popularity he gets for those ballads, songs like "It's Been Awhile", "Outside", and "Epiphany". He writes them SO WELL...I think it'd be good to have a couple of ballad tracks written with some hard stuff, kind of like the Break The Cycle album. But whatever they do, I've been a fan of all their albums, so I can't wait to hear what they have next.
    LordThon
    Gooze wrote: they had a song on "Break the Cycle" called "Can't Believe." I think this is hilarious ironic, but I guess they changed their minds and are just going to sell out.
    That's nice. You're also forgetting Falling, and Falling Down. Point?
    theacoustic27 wrote: August 10th Staind in Lubbock Tx with Seether cant wait
    Oh, piss off! ...Wonder if they're hitting near Barrie, soon.
    CrabShrapnel
    I haven't been liking their generic sound as of recent. Hopefully this album does something ballsy. I think that A solo or some up-tempo stuff would make a nice contrast to another good ballad if they write one.
    outlawtorn003
    You have to look at the fact maybe with Tormented and Dysfunction that they were barely known until some of the content off of Dysfunction started getting radio play. Lyrically if you look at his lyrics they're a lot darker and trouble ridden on those 2 albums and it carries over to Break the Cycle some. How can you really write angry songs like they did in the past about life sucking when life is going quite well for them? Look at Zoe Jane for example off of 14 Shades of Gray. I had a hard time at first with the album but I gave it a chance and thought it was pretty solid. Times change, lives change, and music evolves.
    n8thegr8422
    aebers79 wrote: this is exciting. i can't wait to hear the new song. i wonder if 'believe' will be a ballad or an ass kicker.
    its a ballad. its decent but doesn't sound to different from everything else they've done here's a link to hear a clip of "believe" (you need real player) http://rope.zfmq.fimc.net/afamusic/stain... .ram
    RobertiusB
    Sweet can't wait, if this album is like a heavier version of Chapter V I'll be satisfied, even though that means it won't come near being as good as Dysfunction and Break the Cycle
    kfong03
    "it's been awhile"...since staind released an album to kick our asses!
    AngryGoldfish
    Creep_C-1 wrote: yay. Staind is really good live to. I knew this was gonna be a good year for music
    Yea deffo'; Deftones, Tool (maybe) Mastodon, Scars on Broadway, Sepultura, The Strokes (maybe), Weezer, Slipknot, The Offspring, Muse, Metallica, Beck, Alice in Chains. There's loads!
    AmplifySilence
    So... that means he's gonna do what the label wants and do a ballad?? Thas sucks that he has to do what the label wants. Anyways, i dont like Sraind that much, but i they are a good band...
    aebers79
    this is exciting. i can't wait to hear the new song. i wonder if 'believe' will be a ballad or an ass kicker.
    Creep_C-1
    yay. Staind is really good live to. I knew this was gonna be a good year for music
    Jondy
    ooooh they used the word vintage so it has to be good. whatever i love staind, keep up the good work guys.
    pigmaggots
    AmplifySilence wrote: So... that means he's gonna do what the label wants and do a ballad?? Thas sucks that he has to do what the label wants. Anyways, i dont like Sraind that much, but i they are a good band...
    It doesn't quite work like that. Nothing is clear cut, if the label says your record isn't coming out...or we aren't going to push your album promo wise, then it's easier to record one ballad.
    NightEmbers
    i hope it doesnt get too soft... i really liked songs like please off Chapter V, bring back that heavyness
    Lotz222
    Last few albums have sounded the same. Hopefully there is some "progress".
    strat0blaster
    Man. If the whole album sounds like It's Been A While, they're gonna lose a fan. It was a good song, but a whole album of it? That's what Coldplay is for. I miss the intensity of Dysfunction. I'm not sayin it's gotta be super heavy like Dysfunction was, but the intensity's kinda gone since after Break The Cycle. I'll cross my fingers but I won't hold my breath.
    tim311mahoney
    i think this is the first news where all the posters said roughly the same thing... i'm also in agreement, love these guys but they gotta bring back some intensity.
    AthenasGhost
    Hard to believe... They aren't a bad band, put out decent singles but a lot of their stuff sounds the same. And thats my opinion so don't trip balls.