Welcome to the Madness To Creation Podcast: where self-care and music merge. Here we are reviewing the 20th Anniversary Livestream of “Break The Cycle” by Staind and this showed me that Staind will always be the straw that stirs the drink in the hard rock/nu-metal world.
The presentation of the livestream was professional and stellar. I really enjoyed the stories that Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April and Sal Giancarelli brought to the table, especially about the song “Outside” being debuted on the Family Values Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi. The performance was in an abandoned warehouse and it really showed Staind as the “everyman” band as the band was decked out in t-shirts and jeans, and Aaron’s trademark baseball hat as well. The band sounded like they’re back and passionate, and ready to kick ass and take names once again. Aaron Lewis(with the exception of a verse on “Fade”) sounded amazing, and Mike brought it home on the guitars and Johnny and Sal provided that trademark groove that Staind possesses in their rhythm section. Their songs were especially eye-opening 20 years later.
The lyrical content in “Open Your Eyes” and “Suffer” brought the subjects into a new light. Staind warned us 20 years ago about us waking up as a society and warned us about the propaganda on our tv screens. These days, we are bombarded with propaganda. It’s sickening. Living with regret and guilt are the main subjects in the smash singles “It’s Been Awhile” and “Epiphany”, Aaron Lewis’ vocal performances shone like the brightest lights in these songs. In “Epiphany”, it felt like you were in the warehouse with Aaron Lewis and his guitar as he crooned through that song with a 1,000 emotional punches to the gut. My favorite part of this was their performance of “Warm Safe Place”, which talks about the perils of touring.
Through the songs “Take It” and “Waste”, Staind offers glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, completing the story of “Break The Cycle.”
This production meant so much to me from a mental health standpoint. This production certainly whets the appetite of Staind’s fans for new music as soon as possible.
You can still go to www.staindlive.com and check out the livestream of this production through tomorrow evening! Don’t delay!
Fans can check out this Minutes of Creative Madness review featuring “Break The Cycle” by Staind below: