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From left to right:Johnny April, Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Jon Wysocki.
And it's been awhile, since I could, hold my head up high,
And it's been awhile, since I first saw you.
And it's been awhile, since I could stand, on my own two feet again,
And it's been awhile, since I could call you.
"It's Been Awhile"

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. Since 2011, Lewis has also released two albums of Country Music.

The band is currently on hiatus as of 2012, with reunions in 2014 and 2017.

Staind has examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternative Rock
  • As the Good Book Says...: After "Four Walls", there is a hidden track note  featuring a priest reciting Bible verses.
  • Bald of Awesome: Aaron Lewis.
  • Concept Album: Tormented is based around a depressed person who cocks a gun at the beginning of the first song of the album ("Tolerate"), and shoots himself at the end of the last song ("Four Walls").
  • Contemptible Cover: The front cover of Tormented contains a bloodsoaked Barbie doll on a crucifix, a knife pierced through the Bible, and a person buried; said figure also has a rosary protruding from the nose. Fred was initially horrified by the illustration.
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  • Cover Version/First and Foremost: The chords for "So Far Away" have been used in a Rascal Flatts song, "What Hurts the Most". Ironically, Aaron Lewis covered that song.
  • Death Song/Driven to Suicide: "Four Walls".
  • Dirty Business: "Can't Believe".
  • Dysfunction Junction: Dysfunction has a lot of songs about this subject.
  • Genre Shift: 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: Much of "Reality".
  • Hidden Track: Tormented and Dysfunction both have this.
  • Improv: Half of "Outside" was made up on the spot, thanks to Fred Durst.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: A Type 1 before Wysocki left.
  • Looped Lyrics: The end of "Self Destruct" has these:
    I self destruct my mind
    I self destruct my world
    I self destruct my life.
  • Loudness War: Break the Cycle is a victim of the phenomena. Vlado Meller being the mastering engineer for that record might've had something to do with it.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The band was jumping up and down the scale pretty much during its career. Tormented is a hard 8-9 and hits 10 at some parts due to production, although the closer "Four Walls" is about 3. Dysfunction goes around 7-9 due to acoustic parts of "Home", while the sound of distorted guitars is as crushing as it was on "Tormented". Break the Cycle drops to 6-8 range with "Epiphany" dropping to 2. Both 14 Shades of Grey and Chapter V are mostly around 4-6 with acoustic songs dropping to 2, Illusion of Progress is limited to 5. The self-titled album brings the band back to 7-9 range, except of "Something to Remind You" which is 1.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Spleen", "Change", and many others.
  • Rockumentary: The Making of Staind.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Self Destruct" is this.
  • Self-Deprecation: Their first three albums had a lot of this.
  • Self-Titled Album
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Four Walls", "Epiphany" and "Something to Remind You" are the only soft songs on their albums.
  • "When I'm Gone" Song: "Something to Remind You".
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Used in their lyrics sheet for Tormented.


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