Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool

Written by: PP on 15/07/2010 17:27:25

When I think about American modern rock radio, Drowning Pool is one of the first bands that comes to mind. They've been consistently releasing generic, pseudo-heavy nu-metal/radio rock every three years, and we've now reached album number four, the eponymous "Drowning Pool". Yes, this is the band that wrote that "let the bodies hit the floor" hit single among others, but that was back in 2001, on their studio debut "Sinner", which went platinum (>1 million copies sold) just six weeks after its release. Just to highlight how relevant their brand of predictable nu-metal is in 2010, this one has sold a measly 12,000 copies thus far.

Oh, how times change, and oh, how Drowning Pool doesn't change. Think back to 2004's "Desensitized", pop the disc on, and you wouldn't notice a considerable difference to this album, recorded six years later. The band is still recycling the same old, tired nu-metal riffs with heavy distortion in order to attach a feeling of 'heaviness' to the sound that just isn't really there otherwise. You know the drill: Disturbed and Staind fans have been eating up the same formula for over half a decade now. It's an easy way to make money and to get your songs on the radio waves, because we all know that the US modern rock stations absolutely LOVE to play stuff like this 24/7. There's a couple of big lead singles, "Feel Like I Do", "Turn So Cold" and "Over My Head" leading the way with huge choruses and big open riffs designed for large venues, and the rest of the album is mostly filler. That said, if it's Americanized radio rock you're looking for, then "Drowning Pool" isn't outright terrible. It's actually exactly what you're looking for. It's just so obviously average for anyone who thinks this genre died around 2004 or so.

Download: Over my Head, Turn So Cold, Feel Like I Do
For the fans of: Disturbed, Staind, Papa Roach
Listen: Myspace

Release date 27.04.2010
Eleven Seven

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