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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right:Johnny April, Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Jon Wysocki.]]

Staind is an American rock band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts. They consist of Aaron Lewis on vocals, Mike Mushok on guitar, Johnny April on bass, and (formerly) Jon Wysocki on drums.

They have changed up their genres since their first album. They started with a raw heavy-metal/nu-metal sound (''Dysfunction''), then did ''Break the Cycle'', which received a lot of fame; their hit single "It's Been Awhile" has received a lot of radio play, and ranked high on many charts.

Staind started off making songs about depression, hate, and drug habits on their debut album, ''Tormented''. Their next album, ''Dysfunction'', remains softer and less aggressive. It still revolves around the topics of dysfunction and anger. They then released their most popular album, ''Break the Cycle'', which adopts a softer sound than their last album, containing ballads and slower less aggressive tracks. This pattern continues up to their newest self titled album, which returns to their roots, and brings back a heavy sound.

Since their last album, they changed up their drummers. Their new drummer is Sal Giancarelli as of 2011.
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!![++Staind has examples of the following tropes:++]

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* AlternativeRock
* AsTheGoodBookSays: After "Four Walls", there is a priest reciting bible verses on a hidden track.
* BaldOfAwesome: Aaron Lewis.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Tormented'' is based around a depressed person who cocks a gun at the beginning of the first song of the album ("Tolerate"), [[spoiler: and shoots himself at the end of the last song ("Four Walls").]]
* CoverSong[=/=]FirstAndForemost: The chords for "So Far Away" have been used in a Music/RascalFlatts song, "What Hurts the Most". Ironically, Aaron Lewis covered that song.
* DeathSong[=/=]DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: "Four Walls".]]
* DirtyBusiness: "Can't Believe"
* DysfunctionJunction: ''Dysfunction'' has a '''lot''' of songs about this subject.
* GenreShift: They've done this ''a lot''. ''Tormented'' was full-on metal, ''Break the Cycle'' was slower and softer, ''The Illusion of Progress'' was mostly acoustic, and on their self-titled seventh album, they went back to metal.
* HeroicBSOD: Much of "Reality".
* HiddenTrack: ''Tormented'' and ''Dysfunction'' both have this.
* {{Improv}}: Half of "Outside" was made up on the spot, thanks to [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]].
* LongRunnerLineUp: A Type 1 before Wysocki left.
* LoopedLyrics: End of "Self Destruct".
* TheNineties: Formed in 1995
* NonAppearingTitle: "Spleen", "Change", and many others.
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''The Making of Staind''.
* SanitySlippageSong: "Self Destruct"
* SelfDeprecation: Their first 3 albums had a lot of this.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* WhenImGoneSong: "Something to Remind You".
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Used in their lyrics sheet for ''Tormented''.
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