In anticipation of the forthcoming release of STAIND’s first studio album in over a decade, “Confessions of the Fallen,” the band has unveiled a compelling new track titled “Here and Now”
Accompanying this release is a captivating music video directed by Bradley Golowin, which adds a visual dimension to the song’s impactful lyrics and Aaron Lewis‘ emotive vocals, offering fans a rare glimpse into a different facet of the band’s persona.
STAIND, who first burst onto the music scene in 1995, continues to weave emotionally charged narratives within their music, and “Here and Now” is no exception, packing an intense musical and lyrical punch into a few short minutes.
It’s worth noting that on September 13, 2011, STAIND dropped their seventh full-length album, simply titled “Staind.” This self-titled release was hailed as a return to the band’s heavier, rawer roots and marked a revival of guitar solos, a facet of their music they hadn’t explored since their independent debut in 1996, “Tormented.”
In a surprising turn of events, less than a year following the release of “Staind,” the band announced a temporary hiatus. Aaron Lewis clarified in an interview with Billboard that this wasn’t a disbandment but rather a pause for reflection, stating, “We’re not breaking up. We’re not gonna stop making music. We’re just going to take a little hiatus that really hasn’t ever been taken in our career.”
Over the course of the past 12 years, the individual members of the band have stayed true to Lewis‘ statement. Aaron Lewis has carved out an impressive solo career, while guitarist Mike Mushok ventured into other musical projects, including playing with Jason Newsted‘s band, NEWSTED, and participating in SAINT ASONIA.
Now, the long-awaited moment is approaching as STAIND prepares to unleash “Confessions of the Fallen” on September 22. The album comprises ten original tracks, including previously released singles like “Lowest In Me,” “Cycle of Hurting,” and “In This Condition.” Notably, this album marks the debut studio effort featuring drummer Sal Giancarelli, who joined the band for their live performances starting in 2011, following the departure of the original drummer, Jon Wysocki.