1200x630bbI can’t believe that it has been 16 years since the passing of Dave “The Stage” Williams who was honestly one of the most promising lead vocalists in Metal at the time. He was the lead singer of Texas metal outfit Drowning Pool who got their name from the 1975 Paul Newman film. The band was made up of Williams (Vocals), Mike Luce (Drums), C.J. Pierce (Guitar) and Stevie Benton (Bass). In 2001, the band would release their debut album Sinner which also happens to be the band’s best selling record to date as it went Platinum in the first year of sales. The album was produced by the famed Jay Baumgardner (Sevendust/Ugly Kid Joe) and was a breath of fresh air for the metal genre at the time as it peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. In an interview with MTV Dave explained how the album received it’s  name,”I got that [Sinner tattoo] tattooed before we named the record. We were working on the song “Sinner,” and our A&R guy said, “That would be a good name for the record.” We all just looked at each other and said, “Wow, OK.” It was just a natural progression that became the whole theme of the record. There are a lot of religious issues on the record and a lot of relationship issues. It just seemed like it would fit.”

71aABzpbawL._SL1217_1. Sinner– The opening title track helps kick off the album the right way with tons of energy in this track that is all about no matter how good you try to make us, we all sin. 5/5

2. Bodies– The first single off the album that literally put the band on the map in this head banging track that is all about Moshpits and not bodies falling from windows. It was on the banned list after 9/11. 5/5

3. Tear Away– One of my favorite tracks on the album that resonated with me in this song that Dave said was, “Everybody at one time or another in their life needs to say, ‘Forget everybody else, I need to deal with me. I need to take care of myself‘”  5/5

4. All Over Me– a great track that features that signature guitar sound from Pierce that we would grow to love and recognize in this track that is about troubles in a relationship and how one is changing as compared to their partner. 5/5

5. Reminded– an in your face track that is another track about relationships, but this time it’s about a guy who never realized how bad their relationship was until they split and everything reminds him of her. 5/5

6. Pity– I love the beginning of the track and how it starts like something is happening to the tape like it’s melting before it kicks into overdrive on this head banger. I feel like it’s a track about someone who realizes that the people who supposedly “love” him really just pity him and that is not what he wants. 5/5

sinner-4e805c71af26d7. Mute– I love the melodic intro of the track as it also helps drive the verses in this track that is all about being stuck in the mud to the point that it’s better to be mute than to address it. 5/5

8. I Am– Another monster track that tackles relationships once again, but it’s one of those stories where it’s over and one side is definitely happier than the other, but truth be told no one can change who we are but us. 5/5

9. Follow– a track that teaches you that you’re better off coming up with your own conclusions in life because the truth is always right there in front of you as long as you look for it. 5/5

10. Told You So– Another track about realizing how much better your life is since you got away from the ex and that can be a reliving feeling. 5/5

11. Sermon– This is the last track on the album and it’s an interesting take on the question of whether or not God is real or not and the music has this real sermon like feel to it as it’s bass driven. Mike Luce commented on the backwards messaging on the track saying, “We’re fans of the 80s and back in the day there used to be that whole undertone …. oh, if you play that song backwards, you’ll hear this message! So I guess I could tell you what it says. It really doesn’t say anything. It recites a lyric from the same song, from “Sermon.” We just play it backwards at the end of the song. It’s just a homage. A tribute back to the old school.”, “It was completely done on a whim and we took a line that Davie (Williams) sang and just ran it in reverse at the tail end of the song. Just kind of a … here you go. No hidden meaning; you don’t have to play the song backwards to hear it. We’ll just play it right out here for you.” 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Unfortunately during Ozzfest 2002, Dave Williams was found dead in his tour bus as he died from cardiomyopathy. This would be the only album he would ever record with Drowning Pool with the exception of a couple of soundtrack tracks and a track that Rob Zombie sang that he had written for the Daredevil soundtrack. The album is amazing and I love every single track on this album which is why I gave it five out of five for a final grade.

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