Drowning Pool

Written by on May 13, 2010 in May 13, 2010, Music Reviews - Comments Off on Drowning Pool

“Drowning Pool”

Drowning PoolDrowning Pool is set to release their self titled next album “Drowning Pool” via Eleven Seven Music and from my early reviews of this CD I can already tell that this album is going to take the members of Drowning Pool to new heights they may have not seen before.

From the first song “Let the Sin Begin” you can’t help but to start banging your head constantly back and forth, with lyrics like “Tonight is what we make it, You give it up I’ll take it, Girl be my heroin, Now let the sin begin”; you can feel Drowning Pool’s passion to deliver even stronger lyrics than their previous albums.

This band has definitely persevered through some very tough and hard times, from the death of their first singer and losing their second, they brought along vocalist Ryan McCombs for this new release to show the true fans of Drowning Pool that they are set on making waves like they never have before, I also think they are here to solidify that through all the hard times that this band has been through they are back to prove they are here to stay around as well they are here to say that what didn’t kill them as a band has only made them even stronger.

This album is definitely a statement to the testament of this bands commitment to not only write anything, from the fist-pumping, head banging, arena rock songs such as “Feel like I Do” and “King Zero” to even a pensive pain almost Ballad like “Turns So Cold” that from the combination of McCombs’s roar, C.J. Pierce’s dangerous fret works, Stevie Benton’s blow the roof off bass lines to even Mike Luce’s perfectionist percussion palette that will wet even the driest ears out there, this new album says that Drowning Pool will not stop and their music will be here forever no matter what life puts in front of them.

They proved themselves with 2007’s “Full Circle” their first one with McCombs on the microphone, with that album’s first single “37 Stitches”  it was their highest charting single even surpassing “Bodies” and they even tore it up at Crue Fest II in 2009. According to McCombs when it came time to make “Drowning Pool” right after Crue Fest they “Just want to be a rock band because that is what comes naturally to us”.

Per Pierce “An album has to be entertaining and it has to flow, that this record is going to be a staple record for us, we wanted to make this the strongest rock album possible” and having to hear the pre-release I will have to say I totally agree, I can’t think of an album that I have had the pleasure of owning and or listening to that I would have to say from the opening guitar and bass riffs along with the pounding percussions and clear vocal control coming from McCombs I will definitely agree that this is going to be a strong rock album.

The first single “Feel like I Do” makes you feel like you are someone because with the way this song is written and played by the quartet makes it seem as if the band knows what you are going through in life, on a personal level for McCombs it possesses an even deeper meaning in the fact that “So many fans come up to me and say, ‘Your song helped me get through what I was going through’;  It also tells you that even through all of the toughest trials and tribulations, everyone goes through them to just embrace it and go with it, acknowledge the fact that it is nothing everyone hasn’t had to deal with and everyone has probably gotten through worse than this just move on to the next day picking yourself up its going to be just fine, turn that frown upside down, raise your fists in the air and put a smile on your face.

They recorded “Drowning Pool” at radio rock hit factory “House of Loud” with Kato Khandwala producing and David Bendeth on the mix that helped bring this new level of rocking sound to this release, Mike explains it “Sonically, Drowning Pool squashes anything we’ve ever done. This record is really diverse too, there’s some material on here that could’ve been taken right off of “Sinner”, and there’s some new stuff that goes beyond all expectations of this band. I can’t wait for people to sink their teeth into it.”

And there definitely is plenty of heart pounding, head banging, fist-pumping music to be heard on this album that I think goes deeper than the band has ever gone before, with such cuts as “More than Worthless”, “Regret”, Turns So Cold” among the few, Drowning Pool chose to self title this new release because they finally feel solidified into the band they always set out to be, A powerful anthem rock band with heart and a whole lot to say and prove to their loyal fans.

Among producing this latest album, Drowning Pool also continues to support and give back to our men and woman in the Military that are giving up so much to defend our freedom, they have done tours for the soldiers in Kuwait and Iraq in 2005 and 2006, they were also instrumental in the passing of the Lane Evans Health Act providing better mental health care for our veterans.  During a trip to Capitol Hill, they introduced then Senator Obama to the Lane Evans Bill, which was sponsored in the Senate and went on to become law supporting the medical rights for our returning soldiers.  They also engaged in a tour of South Korea for MWR (The Army’s Family and morale, welfare and recreation organization) and even on Memorial Day 2009 they played at Guantanamo Bay, in which Mike states “Playing for the troops on the front lines really was one of the most gratifying things we’ve ever done.  To play in a rock n’ roll band with your buddies is like winning the lottery.  It’s even grander to light someone up for a little while, bring a little rock ‘n’ roll from home and give them an escape even if it’s for a few hours”.

This album is definitely one I would recommend picking up and really listening to, and not just hearing the music, but really listening to what the lyrics say.  I think it says so much about Drowning Pool that once you hear what this album really speaks of and the heart and soul this quartet put into this album, I think you will agree that this is the best of Drowning Pool with even better music yet to come.

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