As a heavy band, Staind never get the credit they deserve.
Of course, their ballads such as “It’s Been Awhile” and “Right Here” are unforgettable juggernauts, but the Massachusetts outfit has written some brilliantly bludgeoning tunes over its 15-plus year career thus far. That side of the group always comes through loud and clear on stage though.
That’s precisely why their newly-released first-ever live CD “Live From Mohegan Sun” is such a treat for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Practically a stone’s throw from the members’ respective homes, Mohegan Sun Arena proved to be the perfect place for Staind to throwdown and cut a live record in front of a packed house. Johnny “Old School” April’s brooding bass at the beginning “Eyes Wide Open”—from their self-titled latest studio album—sears at all the right moments before guitarist Mike Mushok thrashes through a polyrhythmic riff and fret-burning solo. Aaron Lewis delivers the same unbridled anger that made “Dysfunction” a classic, and the entire band sounds pristine and potent on the recording—check just how brutal drummer Sal Giancarelli gets! “Spleen,” “Crawl,” and “Paper Wings” get the mosh pit going, while Staind pulls the crowd even closer on sing-a-longs during “It’s Been Awhile” and “Outside.”
After a roller coaster of a gig, everything culminates on a haunting rendition of “Something To Remind You,” featuring only Lewis and Mushok. It wraps up everything together nicely. This is also a fitting prelude to the band’s appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage.
— Rick Florino