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Chapter V

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Chapter V marks the return of one of the biggest-selling rock groups in America today. Recorded at Allaire Studios in Shokan, NY and at the band’s Springfield, MA rehearsal space, the CD was produced and mixed by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Mudvayne, Godsmack). Staind is back in a huge way!Platinum sales. Palatial homes. Fred Durst’s cell-phone number. Is nothing enough to lift the heavy air of angst that hangs over Staind? ”I’ve mastered feeling nothing/ I’m dead inside/ Why don’t I care?” sings frontman and walking existential crisis Aaron Lewis by way of response on ”Run Away,” the opening track of the group’s fifth album. And so the mood is set–again. The rest of the band offers its agreement through brooding torrents of noise and dense minor-key melodies, maintaining its allegiance to 1990s metal heroes Alice In Chains and Pantera. With the exception of the tantalizingly melodic ”Devil” and tender love song ”Everything Changes,” the acoustic guitars have largely been set aside on Chapter V, leaving Staind to pummel away at its troubles and hoping that people still have time to listen to self-pitying grown men moan about their dysfunctional childhoods. ”Falling is easy/ It’s getting back up that becomes a problem,” Lewis sings on ”Falling.” –Aidin Vaziri

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  • Everyone I’ve heard listen to this so far has told me that it’s sounded like 14 Shades Of Gray. I listened to this CD, and I have no idea what they’re talking about. Save for maybe one or two songs, the whole CD sounds like it’s on a different level then 14 Shades

    I found the songs Run Away, Right Here,Falling and Please to be my favorite on the CD. This CD is a lot heavier then 14 Shades. It’s more along the lines of Break THe Cycle, with remnants of 14 Shades. The song Paper Jesus is DEFINITELY more like Break THe Cycle, borderline Dysfunction.

    The only track I didn’t really like was Cross To Bear. I didn’t find it to be a standout track.

    All in all, the CD is excellent. A must have for a fan of Staind.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Aaron Lewis really out did himself with his performance on this cd. Tracks: “Right Here,” “Everything Changes,” “Take This,” are definitely great tracks to use your repeat button on your stereo. This cd really sets the standards for any other bands trying to put out cd’s this year. Recommend this cd to anyone who is a longterm fan or anyone who likes great rock.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Poor Staind. No one ever seems to understand them. Their first two albums, “tormented” and “dysfunction” were hits, showcasing staind’s heavy blend of hard rock, and frontman Aaron Lewis’s screwed up family angst. But after “dysfunction” staind started to play down the heaviness, and focus on their musical abilities. Lewis dropped the screaming for the most part, but his angst stayed the same. Still, all the wimps hiding behind their message boards talked crap.
    With this, their fifth release, Staind continue pretty much where “break the cycle” and “14 shades of grey left off” the lead single, right here, is a breathtaking piece, followed by many more. I recently saw Staindwith three days grace and hurt on the Jagermeister world tour, and their show was a breathtaking experience for me, my girlfriend and our 2 friends.
    So everyone who doesnt believe in evolution…stop talkin crap and go listen to your crappy pop-emo bands………stop disrespecting legitimate artists like staind

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • While some may argue that Staind is becoming too soft compared to their earlier albums like Tormented and Dysfunction, that sentiment hasn’t stopped them from putting out another great album packed with hits. This album blends their “hard core” metal beginnings with their greatly developed musical talents and abilities and the result is friggin brilliance. Aaron’s vocals and Mike’s guitar make this album worth buying.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well, one thing you’ll notice upon your first listen to Staind’s new album, “Chapter V,” is that frontman Aaron Lewis seems to have moved past the “high on life” attitude he toted throughout much of 2003’s ironically titled “14 Shades Of Grey.” Not to say he’s angry again, but gone are such sweet ballads as “So Far Away” and “Zoe Jane.” If “Chapter V” is like any Staind album, it’s probably best compared to “Break The Cycle.” Taking turns between moody, introspective ballads and raw, in your face cuts that are likely to inspire a moshpit. Although they are far from reinventing themselves, Staind take a little bit of their past, and update it, and mix it up with feelings of today. In the past,they took things to extremes. If you wanted to kill yourself, “Tormented” would be your soundtrack. If you finally found inner happiness, “14 Shades Of Grey” would be your cup of tea. “Chapter V” takes the challenge of balancing all those emotions. From low lows, to high highs, all the bases are covered on this one album. I think it’s safe to say that Staind have created an album that will appeal to most everyone.

    With David Botrill (Tool, Silverchair) producing, and with guitarist Mike Mushok sporting a lush head of hair, Staind are back. “Chapter V” begins with one of the best, “Run Away,” which takes things to a new level for the group. Mushok’s guitar parts are more expressive than ever, and truly define this one song. It’s a perfect way to kick off things, with a song that carries so many dynamics, much like the entire album itself. Fans of the group will find familiar fare in the mid-tempo, semi-ballads “Right Here” and “Schizophrenic Conversations,” but the group truly reaches it’s peak with the mezmerizing and touching “Everything Changes.” On the other end of the spectrum, “Paper Jesus” and “Falling” will most likely appease fans of “Tormented” or “Dysfunction.” It’s important to note that the lyrical content of this album takes things in a whole new direction. Aaron seems to be a bit more ambiguous this time around with his messages, which is actually quite refreshing, from someone who wore his feelings on his sleeve for four albums prior. The tone of the album is neither negative, nor positive. Yes, the man found happiness, as was well documented on the last album, but he obviously still is living on planet Earth and still has things on his mind, which is what “Chapter V” is all about. It’s not whiney, it’s not preachy. It’s not angry, it’s not joyful. It is quite simply, human.

    While the album as a whole isn’t perfect, it is still a five star album in my eyes, for it takes Staind to a whole new level. Now, at their fifth album (wow, time flies), they seem to be settling into a comfort zone, where they can handle all dynamics, where they are above and beyond the competition. The musicianship on here is excellent, a notch above, and Aaron’s vocal deliver is stellar as always. Anyone who has followed Staind this far will find much cause for celebration with this album.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now