Drowning Pool
Resilience


2.5
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Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
April 26th, 2013 | 16 replies | 4,122 views


Release Date: 04/09/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far too consistent, and not in a good way.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s almost laughable how many vocalists have joined and left Drowning Pool since the tragic death of the group’s first frontman Dave Williams over a decade ago. Five albums into their career, and the lineup has changed for the fourth time; parting ways with Ryan McCombs, the only singer to ever record more than one album with the band. At this point, Drowning Pool could almost be referred to as a sort of revolving door project, but despite different vocalists constantly checking in and checking out, this really has never made much of a difference to Drowning Pool’s music, as their sound has amazingly remained thoroughly invariable with each new album. It may just be that Drowning Pool knows what sound they aim to have for the rest of the band’s existence, and aren’t intending to budge anytime soon.

Resilience is more of the same Pantera-aping groove metal straight from the water tap. The only thing that’s really striking about it is that new lead vocalist Jasen Moreno has a significantly higher-pitched croon than the very deep and gruff tone the band’s last four singers all shared. With Moreno’s yelps, Drowning Pool’s music is now comparable to that of a much heavier Taproot than they are Godsmack or Soulfly. However, these flickers of light attempts at post-hardcore in the vocal department are swiftly bashed out by knuckle-dragging riffs with meaty chugs, as Resilience consists of the usual nonstop adrenaline-charged heavy metal with a searing southern branding, and flashes of nu metal’s remnants abound in the formula. But as always, this is more pissed off than it is angst-ridden, and not all is serious and grim, as songs about having a good time Texas style such as “Saturday Night” strikes up a resemblance to the groove heavy jams of HellYeah.

It would be a disappointment that the addition of Moreno to the group didn't result in the incorporation of many prevalent new influences in the band's sound, but it's just too damn unsurprising that's the case at this point. Drowning Pool is still making contrived and flat metal that makes a lot of noise and tries to be as loud and unhinged as it can, but ends up sounding like a big slobbering dog barking while limited by a leash. With bands like Five Finger Death Punch outdoing them at their own groove metal game, Drowning Pool just aren't as effectively agressive and hostile as they could be if they had just siezed upon one of the countless opportunities for a redesign that they've been given.



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breakingthefragile
April 26th 2013



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This didn't have a review so I figured that I might as well do the dirty deed.

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joshieboy12345
April 26th 2013



5370 Comments


Sucks their 1st singer died. Sinner ruled back in the day.

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Tyrael
April 26th 2013



20719 Comments


band has always sucked tbh

BrieLarson
April 26th 2013



460 Comments


The band has seen some controversies and criticism due to the misinterpretation of their lyrics to their song "Bodies". In 2011, the song was associated with the 2011 Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.[33] Recently after the shooting, the band made a statement addressing the link: "We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. 'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence." The band also added: "For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy".[33] The song has also been accused of but misinterpreted to 9/11. However it was used by the United States army to prepare for war.[34]

"Bodies" was used consistently by interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in 2003. "Bodies" was consistently played over a 10 day period of time in 2006 during interrogations of Mohamedou Ould Slahi while he was "exposed to variable lighting patterns" at the same time.[34][35][36]

NapalmCrusader
April 26th 2013



1737 Comments


Band has some good stuff

Sinner is their only good album. After the dave's death they became just another insipid and generic group.

MO
April 26th 2013



18192 Comments


nice write-up, your writing flows really smoothly

BigPleb
April 26th 2013



33874 Comments


Can pretty much guarantee this won't riff.

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Gwyn.
April 26th 2013



14857 Comments


band's always been bringing the average tbh

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Luminara
April 27th 2013



82 Comments


They will NEVER be able to top Sinner.

joshieboy12345
April 27th 2013



5370 Comments


They have been average for a decade.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2013



9596 Comments


LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR

C'MON Y'ALL I'M FUCKING ANGREEEE

LET THE BODIES HIT THE MOTHERFUCKING FLOOR

FEEL MY FURY BITCHES

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 28th 2013



5643 Comments


Damn these guys still exist!

joshieboy12345
April 28th 2013



5370 Comments


l used to full on be into WWE. And Bodies was a theme song of one of their shows. So epic.

DegausserGuernica24
April 28th 2013



1134 Comments


People still care about this band? lol

VigorousDuck13
April 30th 2013



46 Comments


Bland album. Excellent review, well done.

LPFTW
August 6th 2013



183 Comments


One finger and a Fist is amazing

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