Drowning Pool: Here To Stay
Originally published in Guitar World, September 2010
The metal band celebrates its staying power with its self-titled fourth album.
They say three times is the charm, and as far as singers go, that’s the way it’s going to be for us,” says Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce. “Three vocalists in 10 years is enough. We’d rather break up than search for somebody else.”
Which is another way of saying that the band’s current singer, Ryan McCombs, is in for keeps. McCombs has been with the celebrated metal band since 2005, when he took over from Jason Jones, who had stepped in when the group’s first frontman, Dave Williams, died of a heart ailment in 2002. After Jones was deemed “an improper fit,” Pierce was beginning to wonder if the Texas-based outfit would ever find the right man for the job. But McCombs, he reports, “has been a godsend. The fact that we’ve now made our second record with him says a lot.”
On their new, self-titled album, Drowning Pool (which also includes bassist Stevie Benton and drummer Mike Luce) prove that they’ve lost none of their musical bluster. But according to Pierce, it’s the first record on which he’s been content to lay back a bit and “find open spaces. Because Ryan is such a great singer, I don’t have to overplay like a madman.” Still, he’s quick to point out that on the track “Regret” he shreds with gleeful abandon. “I’m doing my best Alex Skolnick meets Jake E. Lee,” he says, with a laugh. “It’s pulverizing!”
In addition to their new material, one song Drowning Pool will be dishing out on tour this summer is “Bodies,” their 2001 smash that has been featured in myriad video games, movies, TV shows—it’s even been the official theme for numerous World Wrestling Entertainment events. Each year presents some new avenue for the anthem’s exposure, leading Pierce to call it “the gift that keeps on giving.
“We would never deprive our fans of hearing ‘Bodies,’” he says. “It made us what we are.”
You Might Also Like...
7 hours 49 min ago
8 hours 17 min ago
8 hours 22 min ago
9 hours 31 min ago
9 hours 42 min ago
10 hours 46 min ago
11 hours 55 min ago
In the Magazine
Most Commented Articles
Guitar World on Facebook
Guitar World On Twitter
GuitarWorld Memorial for @Slayer's #JeffHanneman starting soon @thepalladium t.co/nA0CrFKLUI We show our respect w/ this special tribute issue.
GuitarWorld Video: Jon Donais of @ShadowsFallBand / @Anthrax Demos Rivera Metal Shaman and Double Shaman Pedals t.co/NjkgP3pZPH
GuitarWorld Video Review: @PaulRiario VS @BUGERA_AMPS TriRec Infinium Guitar Amplifier t.co/H7HkDtNq7c #Tone #Battle
GuitarWorld RT @rod_ron: Just got the new @GuitarWorld looks like It's going to ne a good one as usual. #BlackSabbath t.co/p9fJr0464h
GuitarWorld Viral Video: 14-Year-Old Girl Covers @VanHalen's "Eruption" Solo t.co/ONXVbDwzOX Great job Tina!
GuitarWorld Exclusive Album Premiere: Monster Truck — 'Furiosity' t.co/XhY3IofrXY #NowPlaying