Posts Tagged ‘Drowning Pool’

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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War Of The Covers Rebel YellWe didn’t have a War Of The Covers last week and we apologize for that as we kind of took a Vacation last week. Nevertheless, we have the results of the previous one with Fallen Man easily defeating Fozzy in who covered L.O.V.E. Machine by W.A.S.P. better. Well this week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we have a fatal four way match to decide who covered Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell better. In 2007, Nu Metal act Drowning Pool released a cover of the track for their first record with Ryan McCombs of Soil entitled Full Circle. In 2009, Children Of Bodom released a cover of the track for an all covers album called Skeletons In The Closet. Also in 2009, Hard Rock/Metal act Dope would release a cover of the song on their fifth album No Regrets. In 2011, rock act Black Veil Brides released an their Rebels EP which featured a cover of the track as well as a cover of a Kiss song. Now only one version can reign supreme here and it’s up to you guys to decide who recorded the best version. All four tracks are worthy, but only one will make it out alive. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

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Back in 2002, Vin Diesel continued to etch his name as an action star with the release of the bad ass action film xXx which saw a punk get a second chance as an agent for the government. The other part that was cool about this film was the fact that the soundtrack featured a heavy metal side with acts like Hatebreed, Flaw, Drowning Pool, Mushroomhead, and so many more on it. The soundtrack definitely introduced to one of my favorite hardcore acts today, but it also featured an artist from a 90’s alternative act that I loved in Bush. Adrenaline was one of the only original songs written for the soundtrack on the Heavy Metal side from Gavin Rossdale. While the song was a little different than what we were used to, it still featured that punch that we loved from Rossdale. The shame is that I would have loved hearing more from him after hearing this track and we eventually would six years later. Check out Adrenaline below and while you’re at it, like the official Facebook page for Moshpits & Movies here:

full devil jacket frontFull Devil Jacket is a name that may not be familiar to some, but that may be due to the fact that the band hadn’t been active for 12 years. Their only album which was self titled was released back in 2000 and featured amazing songs like Now You Know and Where Did You Go? The band was on top of the world back in the day touring with the likes of Slipknot, Sevendust, and so many more until their singer Josh Brown overdosed and almost died. He had to go on a personal journey which saw him win a dove award, but now he has resurrected the band from the ashes like a rock and roll Phoenix. The band which is now made up of Josh Brown (Vocals), Keith Foster (Drums), Moose Douglass (Bass), and Paul Varnick (Guitars) are back with a powerful new album called Valley Of Bones which was produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones) and is due out March 31, 2015 via eOne Music. The album kicks off with the supercharged/groove laden opener Killers and the band sounds better than ever almost like they never lost a step. Valley Of Bones is a high energy scorcher that is one of the most kick ass tunes on the record. 7X Down explodes out of your speaker as the band lays down the grooves that will have you headbanging while The Moment slows the tempo down, but Josh Browns vocals are incredible on this track.

full devil jacket cd backWe Got The Love turns the tempo back up with a kick ass bass line and a hard rockin chorus that’ll have you singing along. What If I Say is an amazing song with some orchestral arrangements behind it to add some layers while Blood Of The Innocent is a berzerker of a track that pummels anything it’s path. Picturebox Voodoo represents everything that was great about Nu-Metal while paper Crown shows a lighter side of the band. August closes out the album and it’s epic in sound as Josh Brown pours his heart and soul into the track. Even though the band hasn’t been around for 12 years, it seems like they never lost their touch and I would go as far as saying that this may be their best album yet. There’s no sophomore jinx for this band and with that said, I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade. Check out the album when it’s released and check out the guys on the road as they tour with Drowning Pool and Adrenaline Mob. Tour dates are below:
Full Devil Jacket With Adrenaline Mob and Drowning Pool Tour Dates

3/12/2015 Daytona Beach, FL Main Street Station
3/13/2015 Melbourne, FL County Line Saloon
3/14/2015 Jacksonville, FL Beach Blvd Concert Hall
3/17/2015 Clarkesville, TN The Warehouse Bar and Grill
3/19/2015 Baltimore, MD Fishhead Cantina
3/20/2015 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
3/21/2015 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
3/22/2015 Beckley, WV Muncheez
3/24/2015 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
3/25/2105 Kent, Oh The Outpost
3/26/2015 Fredericksburg, VA Hard Times Cafe
3/27/2105 Lancaster, OH Mickey’s Bar & Grill
3/28/2015 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
3/31/2015 Racine, WI Rt 20 Outhouse
4/1/2015 La Porte, IN Johnny’s Roadhouse
4/2/2015 St Louis, MO The Mad Magician
4/3/2015 Dallas, TX Trees
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Wayne-Static-630x420I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news on the internet, but I am shocked to say that Wayne Static of Static-X has passed away at the age of 48. He was born Wayne Richard Wells in Muskegon, Michigan on November 4, 1965 which means he passed away three days before his 49TH birthday from unspecified reasons. He formed industrial metal act Static-X in 1994 after disbanding his previous band and the band went on to record their multi-platinum album Wisconsin Death Trip which was released in 1999 featuring hit songs Push It, Bled For Days, and I’m With Stupid. The band would go on to record five more albums until they disbanded in 2010. Wayne Static would go on to record and release his first and only solo album Pighammer which was released in 2011. He reformed Static-X in 2012, but sadly it was without any of the original members and Wayne would eventually disband the band again in 2013. Wayne was supposed to go back out on the road with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next couple of months, but that isn’t happening anymore. R.I.P, Wayne Static (November 4, 1965-November 1, 2014) Check out my favorite Static-X songs below: