Despite the country sound of his latest solo release, Aaron Lewis says fans can expect the next Staind album to be the "heaviest" the band has ever released according to a recent interview with Billboard.com.
"We're about two-thirds of the way through," reports Lewis of the album, which he hoping for a late 2011 release. "It's the heaviest record or collection of songs we have written in a long time. There's no 'Outsides,' no 'It's Been Awhiles,' no 'Right Heres,' anything like that. It's straightforward and heavy."
This isn't the first time that Lewis has made such claims, as prior to the release of The Illusion of Progress Lewis claimed the band would return to their roots with a heavier sound, only to release an album featuring the song 'All I Want' perhaps the band's most melodic song to date. Although, there might be more reason to believe Lewis this time, as he claims his recent solo release has given him an avenue to express some of his more melodic sounds.
"I think with me doing ['Country Boy'] the line can be un-blurred; the songs I used to bring on the mellower side will now be the embodiment of my solo career, and Staind can stick to doing the heavier things."