For over 15 years, Staind have delivered their unique brand of heavy music. Part grunge, with a big dose of detuned metal guitars, but not lacking in melody, the band has racked up more than 15 million album sales worldwide as well as the most-played rock song of the last ten years, “It’s Been Awhile.” The band was captured live on November 25, 2011, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, CT. That performance makes up the Blu-ray, Staind – Live From Mohegan Sun.
The show opens with “Eyes Wide Open,” from the band’s self-titled 2011 release. After a menacing bass intro from Johnny April, singer Aaron Lewis — clad in a Family Guns Country T-shirt — blends guttural vocals with a melodic chorus. The song is highlighted by a frantic solo from guitarist Mike Mushok.
Lewis delivers an impassioned vocal on the ballad, “Right Here.” The song, with its acoustic intro, showcases a lighter side to the band. While “Falling” may seem to be more of the same, the song’s prechorus finds Lewis in screamo territory, adding a heavy edge to a melodic song.
“So Far Away” mixes acoustic guitar with a ringing electric guitar and a bombastic chorus. The song showcases another strong vocal from Lewis. The band saves its biggest hits for last, from the heavy ballad “It’s Been Awhile” to the driving riffery of their breakthrough hit, “Mudshovel.”
The Blu-ray is shot in High Definition 1080i widescreen 16x9 (1.78:1) and includes DTS HD Master Audio and an LPCM Stereo audio track. Both the picture and sound are great throughout. Bonus features include an interview with the band and a feature about Mushok’s live guitar rig. Both segments are conducted by Matt Pinfield.
Despite being together for parts of three decades, Staind shows no sign of slowing down. With new drummer, Sal Giancarelli, in tow, the band looks to keep pushing the boundaries of heavy music. Staind – Live From Mohegan Sun shows their live show is as powerful as ever.