Staind is an American nude metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts. The band has seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction < / span> (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Gray (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and their namesake album (2011) . The group has five hit singles, and more than 15 million copies sold internationally.
The origin of Staind dates back to Christmas 1993, when Mike Mushok and Aaron Lewis met. Very quickly, they recruit two other musicians, to write a music at the crossroads of Tool, KoRn and Alice in Chains>. The four Americans are rehearsing from 1994, and after a reshuffle of the line-up, they play their first concert under the name of Staind in February 1995.
Staind releases a self-produced album, entitled Tormented, in 1996 that will sell more than 4,000 copies. That year, the group has the opportunity to do the first part of Limp Bizkit; first shocked by the cover of their CD Tormented - which represents a bloody crucifix - Fred Durst, persuaded (wrongly) that Staind is a satanic band, tries to get them fired from the festival, without success>.
From the first song of the group, Durst becomes aware of the talent of the group and decides almost immediately to produce them in his record company Flip Records, in which the group leaves his second album entitled Dysfunction in 1999. The highlight will take place on the 1999 Family Values, thanks to a duet with Fred Durst (Outside). The singles Mudshovel , Home and Just Go also loop on the radio. Aaron Lewis is congratulated by his singing compared to that of Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. The album is slowly gaining popularity and ranks first among Billboard Heatseeker Charts almost six months after its release. In the week, the album reaches 74> place of Billboard Top 200 Album Charts>. The band plays with Limp Bizkit and The Crystal Method, and opens for Sevendust's lead tour >>>.