It's been awhile since we've heard from Staind, but for fans waiting patiently to hear the band’s follow-up to 2008’s ‘The Illusion of Progress,’ the wait is over. Staind’s much-anticipated self-titled seventh album doesn’t hit stores until Tuesday (Sept. 13), but the jock-rock lovers over at ESPN.com somehow got their hands on the disc a bit early and currently are streaming it in its entirety online.

Yes, it's full stream ahead right now for the nü-metal veterans, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, singer Aaron Lewis recently claimed that things got so bad in camp Staind during the making of the album that it almost never materialized.

“It was the most difficult, trying … and frustrating to the point of the end of it, we had gone our separate ways and recorded the record ourselves, on our time away from each other," he told Q103 in Albany. "Me and [guitarist] Mike [Mushok] were at such odds with each other that he didn’t want to hear the tracks I was laying down at the end.”

Staind also parted ways with founding drummer Jon Wysocki during the making of 'Staind,' offering tangible evidence of the tumultuous recording process. But that which doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, and in this case that means perhaps the album destined to get the strongest reaction from Staind fans in years.

But don't take their word for it. Listen to the album by clicking the link below:

Hear the Full-Album Stream of Staind's Self-Titled Seventh Album at ESPN.com