released Apr 27th, 2010
from the album - Let The Sin Begin
bio from all music
Dallas-based heavy metal group Drowning Pool was one of the most promising bands of the early 2000s. Their debut album, Sinner, was certified platinum within six weeks of its release while their first single, "Bodies," was one of the most frequently aired videos on MTV by a new band. They reached out to an ever-greater audience with dynamic performances at Wrestlemania XVIII and Ozzfest during the summers of 2001 and 2002. Unfortunately, their streak of success was not to last. Shortly after rousing the crowd at Ozzfest in Indianapolis, IN, on August 3, 2002, vocalist Dave "Stage" Williams was found dead of natural causes on the tour bus.
Drowning Pool represented the vision of drummer Mike Luce and guitarist C.J. Pierce, who formed the band after relocating from New Orleans to Dallas and hooking up with bassist Stevie Benton. Although they initially performed as an instrumental trio, their sound coalesced with the arrival of Williams as vocalist. Drowning Pool experienced success from the outset. When a copy of their first demo reached members of Sevendust, they were invited to tour with the industrial metal group. Tours with Kittie and (hed) p.e. followed. Their second demo, recorded after two years on the road, reached the Top Ten on Dallas radio station KEGI and led to a contract with the Windup Records label. Produced by Papa Roach, Orgy, Godsmack, and Coal Chamber producer Jay Baumgardner, their first album, Sinner, became an instant hit. A DVD, Sinema, featuring more than two and a half hours of concert footage, was released in late 2002. In January 2004, the band announced the addition of singer Jason "Gong" Jones. Their sophomore effort, Desensitized, followed several months later. In 2006 Ryan McCombs assumed the vocal duties, and a year later they released Full Circle, followed by Loudest Common Denominator in 2009.
album review from all music
Drowning Pool have never been very much fun, but on their eponymous fourth album the group attempts to up the ante, partially due to much of it being written in the wake of various traumas in singer Ryan McCombs’ personal life. During the creation of Drowning Pool, McCombs lost his father and saw his marriage fall apart, so naturally these events bubble up throughout the 11 songs here, sometimes explicitly and sometimes elliptically. Since Drowning Pool are not a subtle band, they’re best when they address the pain head-on or, better still, avoid it for a dunderheaded rocker like “Horns Up,” which is the closest they’ve gotten to a fist-pumping anthem since “Bodies.” It also indicates what works best on Drowning Pool: McCombs may attempt to mine the darkness but the production is the slickest and cleanest they’ve ever had, which fits because the group’s hard rock has opened up some, no longer confined to a heavy minor grind. They’re still not a lot of fun but here they’re marginally entertaining — which is both more than they’ve ever mustered before and rather ironic given the record’s tortured origins.
1 Let the Sin Begin Drowning Pool, Khandwala 3:36
2 Feel Like I Do Drowning Pool 3:33
3 Turn So Cold Drowning Pool, Huff 3:38
4 Regret Drowning Pool 3:16
5 Over My Head Drowning Pool, Huff 3:26
6 All About Me Drowning Pool 3:41
7 More Than Worthless Drowning Pool, Khandwala 3:56
8 Children of the Gun Drowning Pool, Khandwala 3:31
9 Alcohol Blind Drowning Pool 4:11
10 Horns Up Drowning Pool 3:45
11 King Zero Drowning Pool 2:59