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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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sevendustAs I stated a couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bands besides Korn to come out of the rubble of the Nu-Metal scene is the band Sevendust. The band has soldiered through label changes, lifestyle changes, and has persevered for 24 years as a band which is a huge accomplishment these days. That is why I have decided to cover the band’s third album Animosity for this week’s Album of the Week. The album which featured Lajon Witherspoon (Lead Vocals), Clint Lowery (Lead Guitar), John Connolly (Rhythm Guitar), Vinnie Hornsby (Bass), and Morgan Rose (Drums) was released on November 13, 2001 via TVT Records. The album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top 200 charts where it had been for 13 straight weeks. It was certified Gold four months later which was helped by the fact that four singles out of the five all charted. It was also the number one Top Independent album on the charts as well as producing two top 15 mainstream rock charts singles. One cool thing about the album is that the band released five different versions of the album over a two year period and each varied in what it contained. The band had already proven that there was no sophomore slump with Home and they were about to prove that they were here to stay with Animosity.

sevendust 21. T.O.A.B.– The first track on the album and if you were wondering it stands for Tits on A Boar. The track starts fading in with some machine like sounds before it launches into a sledgehammer of a track that talks about that person you know that you don’t like because they are just bad in general. 4/5

2. Praise-One of the singles off the album that grooves with the best of them in a track that could be a track that is talking from Christs perspective about how people may hate him, but they praise him when they need him. Even though the hate is strong though, he still will never deny them. 5/5

3. Trust– The song starts off with a melodic intro before it launches into overdrive. The song I think is about how he had someone, but they went away because he broke their trust. 5/5

4. Crucified– an interesting track that I think is about how he may have stood up for someone and he was vilified for it while they just went on with life. 4.5/5

5. XMas Day-a very cool acoustic track that was written by Clint about his mother and the relationship they had. 5/5

6. Dead Set-A very underrated track that Lajon sounds like gold on this headbanger that is all about struggling with your inner demons. 4.5/5

animosity-4f221747cd41f7. Shine-a cool track that I think Lajon is talking about how he just doesn’t feel like himself in a relationship even though he would love to see it shine. 4/5

8. Follow– This is a track on the album that features Aaron Lewis of Staind doing some vocals as well. It’s a very melodic track, but I have to say that I love Morgan’s playing on this track. 4/5

9. Damaged– This is a very deep track lyrically in this bass driven track that I think is talking about someone who is so damaged that they are suicidal. 4/5

10. Live Again-This was the album’s second single released that I think lyrically is talking about someone who has such a bad sense of self that Lajon is trying to urge them to live again and forget the BS. 4.5/5

11. Beautiful-a track that has those monster bass riffs to go along with the hard driving guitars in a track that Lajon is talking about life on the road becoming so dull that they need something refreshing to look at. 4/5

12. Redefine– a very cool track that Lajon is talking about something that keeps holding him back, but he wants to be free so that he can accomplish the things he wants to do. 4/5

13. Angel’s Son– Probably one of the best tracks that was originally released on the Strait Up CD that was done as a tribute to former Snot singer Lynn Strait. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This album at the time was further proof that these guys were far from done and as history will state they are about to release their 12TH album this year. So many awesome tracks on the album that my favorites are Angel’s Son, Praise, Trust, and XMas Day. It’s hard to pick a least favorite track on an album that is this good, but if I had to it would be Beautiful. Check out this album, I am going to give it 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.