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    Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:13:24

    Staind — "Eyes Wide Open" Song Review 5 out of 5 stars - Staind release the best rock track of the year...see ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino's exclusive review...

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    • Staind - BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 14: Singer Aaron Lewis of the band Staind performs live during a concert at the Huxleys on October 14, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.
    • Staind - In some ways, Staind's triumphant set at "Epicenter 2011" is emblematic of their journey. They were never into press posturing, awards show bullshit, or trying to be something they're not. They write timeless songs like "Eyes Wide Open", "Spleen", "Mudshovel", and "Something to Remind You" and kick teeth in when they hit stage. Isn't that everything a hard rock band should do? Well, they do it better than anyone… - Rick Florino
    • Staind - In some ways, Staind's triumphant set at "Epicenter 2011" is emblematic of their journey. They were never into press posturing, awards show bullshit, or trying to be something they're not. They write timeless songs like "Eyes Wide Open", "Spleen", "Mudshovel", and "Something to Remind You" and kick teeth in when they hit stage. Isn't that everything a hard rock band should do? Well, they do it better than anyone… - Rick Florino

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    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.

    Rick Florino
    06.30.11


    For our exclusive album preview of STAIND click here!

    Listen to "Eyes Wide Open" below!





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