Staind releasing 'Illusion' in August

Album's first single hitting radio next week

Staind has set an Aug. 19 release date for its next Atlantic album, "The Illusion of Progress." First single, "Believe," will hit U.S. radio outlets on Tuesday.

"It's a departure from the last record," Staind frontman Aaron Lewis said. "There's a lot more effect-y experimentation and a lot more textures with vintage instruments and vintage amps."

The band recorded at the studio that Lewis keeps in his barn with producer Johnny K. And while Staind previously swore to rock even harder this time out, Lewis says it's aware of pressure for another ballad-style track along the lines of such hits as "Outside" and "It's Been Awhile."

"That's what the record label wants," he said. "You're foolish not to (be aware) of that."

"Illusion" is the follow-up to 2005's "Chapter V," which has sold 986,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Staind will be on tour this summer, beginning July 4 in Muskegon, Mich.

Jonathan Cohen reported from New York; Gary Graff reported from Detroit.