'Tormented' and 'Dysfunction' were...and still are, two of my favorite albums. I could put 'Mudshovel' on repeat and waste an hour. Every day. For a year. So, you can imagine how it pained me to drop Staind off of my 'must have their new CD' list about three albums ago. I just couldn't take another 'Outside' rehash. Or another 'It's Been Awhile' with different lyrics. I was done.

After Aaron's foray into country music,  I was also a little skeptical when I heard they were getting back to their loud, aggressive, vile roots on their 7th and latest effort. I was wrong. The new album rocks balls. 11 kinds of balls. The first single, 'Not Again' was a great way to reintroduce wayward Staind fans to the band we knew and loved. The new single 'Eyes Wide Open'...brought a tear to my eye. Because it was so damn hard my eyeballs were rattling around in the sockets. Yes. It's true. Staind are pissed off again, and all is good in the world.

Check out the new video for 'Eyes Wide Open' and tell me it doesn't put an ear-to-ear grin on your face. Oh, and by the way...don't forget...Staind is coming to CenturyLink with Godsmack and Halestorm on April 19th. Prepare to have your face melted. And your eyeballs rattled.