Staind — "Eyes Wide Open" Song Review 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:13:24
Staind sound vitally vicious on "Eyes Wide Open" the first taste of their forthcoming seventh album, STAIND, due out September 13, 2011.
Opening with an ominous bass spark from Johnny "Old School" April, the song pushes and pulls as a tribally dangerous drum beat mounts. Suddenly, Mike Mushok's guitar tears through the rhythmic haze with a precisely punishing riff that's heavier than anything the band has ever cut to tape. The guitar thrashes from speedy battering into a seesawing verse riff.
Psychotically shifting from an anxious near-whisper into a harrowing scream, Aaron Lewis conjures demons that unsettle and unhinge in the most violently catchy manner. Everything drops into an infectious chorus where Lewis sings, "Is compromise something you don't understand? Don't force my hands when my eyes are wide open." It's poignantly pummeling, drawing on Dysfunction and Tormented's most tortured elements while delivering them with a mind blowing instrumental prowess and true, tough vocal delivery.
Mushok fires off a solo that blazes from impressive shredding into an infectious bridge as Lewis treads back into a visceral rant. The song is unpredictable, unique, and utterly undeniable. It's everything that a classic hard rock or heavy metal track should be, and it's bound to knock the entire genre on its ass.
Welcome to Staind. Welcome to the best (and most real) rock record of the year.
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Listen to "Eyes Wide Open" below!