Drowning Pool
Full Circle


4.0
excellent

Review

by tribestros USER (62 Reviews)
August 11th, 2007 | 85 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drowning Pool has pushed the edges of their sound with Full Circle in a finely tuned, sharp edged metal album.

Death is a strange thing, especially for bands. Bands will go completely different ways after deaths of a band member, and what made Drowning Pool different is that they kept 'ticking on; and recruited a new lead singer, and released their sophomore album Desensitized. That album was, albeit, a lot like their debut with a different lead singer. Rather boring, endlessly unvaried, and just rather winding and repetitive. They continued on, and in 2005, Jason 'Gong' Jones, the new lead singer departed from the band.

By this point, I would have said "screw this" and quit the band as well, but none of the other band members did; in fact what they did do is recruit yet another new lead singer, Ryan McCombs. Unlike Jones, McCombs has his own style of singing, and has a heavy-metal 'esque' sound and feel to his voice, which adds depth that Drowning Pool hasn't had since the heavy metal screaming of the enraged dominating single from Sinner, Bodies. McCombs takes front stage in all of the songs, adding his unique, rough, heavy voice to all of the band's traditional heavy riffs.

But this time around, Drowning Pool has changed things up a bit instrumentally. They didn't want to attempt to recreate the heavy-metal blandness of Desensitized, nor make the album feel like it was still led by Dave Williams. Out of these thirteen songs, the songs manage to vary from acoustic, to hard heavy-metal anthems without a blink of an eye; like the single Soliders to the acoustic-led track Reborn, Drowning Pool has managed to integrate acoustic guitars into their music very nicely, while keeping this album from coming off as a complete and total ballad-heavy borefest. Some of the songs give off an Alice in Chains-vibe, like in the song Reason I'm Alive which takes advantage of McCombs' growling voice and the extreme rhythm changes, or Paralyzed where the electric vibe in the back feels like a Jar of Flies outtake, while keeping the modern, Drowning Pool heavy feel and sound.

Drowning Pool hasn't dropped their heavy metal side by any means though, there's plenty guitar riff-heavy metal-oriented tracks in abundance here like Enemy which manages to sum up how much they've changed and how much better they are now then they were with Sinner, or No More which has a White Zombie-esque distorted verse vocal track and a chorus littered with furious screams. They've also managed to integrate a cover of Billy Idol's Rebel Yell in astounding success by adding a heavy metal charm to a track that was never meant to be played as low and with as much screaming as Drowning Pool adds to it is astoundingly perfect and makes the song feel like its the original; not the cover.

You really can't deny Drowning Pool's ability to get over adversity; and it seems Drowning Pool has finally found their niche, with Full Circle. The Alice in Chains-esque tracks like Reason I'm Alive and Paralyzed manage to keep this album completely varied and keeps it as a nice listen that will keep your attention for the whole album without even a thought of boring you. And even with all the new instrumental work, Drowning Pool's best new talent is Ryan McCombs, who's grueling, growling, and heavy voice makes the band seem completely interesting and keeps you addicted; his screams are perfect for the style, while his growls in the verses just completely make the songs all together. You may not be able to believe it, but Drowning Pool has finally set themselves apart from the rest of the metal bands out there today, and may end up making a name for themselves after all.

Best Songs:
Reason I'm Alive
Soliders
Paralyzed
No More
Rebel Yell



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Confessed2005
August 11th 2007


4513 Comments


Drowning Pool are okay, not good enough to merit me buying a whole album of theirs. Good review.

Zoo
August 11th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only Drowning Pool I will ever like was the Dave Williams-era DP. I have lost all respect for them since his death and, especially, with Desensitized. This album is no better.



They used to be unique, but now they just sound like every other mainstream hard rock band.



Though I can't agree with the rating, it was definitely a superb review. You got my vote.

masscows
August 11th 2007


2230 Comments


yeah no not getting this

good review, though.

tribestros
August 11th 2007


918 Comments


I don't agree, they're still the aggressive hard, screaming rock they've always been, but they've incorporated some Alice in Chains-like tracks and they're appealing.

SylentEcho
August 12th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for reviewing this. Drowning Pool is one bands Ive followed ever since they started off and got me into metal.

The only Drowning Pool I will ever like was the Dave Williams-era DP. I have lost all respect for them since his death and, especially, with Desensitized. This album is no better.







They used to be unique, but now they just sound like every other mainstream hard rock band.







Though I can't agree with the rating, it was definitely a superb review. You got my vote.
yeah, my thoughts exactly.

greg84
Emeritus
August 12th 2007


7598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. No more ftw. This album is good, but everone would agree that it doesn't live up to Sinner which is still one of the most important cds in this decade (at least for me). Dave Williams was an unmatched singer who superbly combined scream with wonderful melodies. RIP











Digging: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

SylentEcho
August 12th 2007


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Its true, Sinner was definitely the one of the most important cds of the decade.

tribestros
August 12th 2007


918 Comments


I'm not discounting Sinner. It did bring the hard rock back.

greg84
Emeritus
August 12th 2007


7598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know, but it's just impossible not to mention this awesome cd on this occasion.

tribestros
August 12th 2007


918 Comments


Drowning Pool > Iluvatar

Ah, hell this is more realistic

Limp Bizkit > IluvatarThis Message Edited On 08.12.07

kalkal50
August 12th 2007


2386 Comments


what did they die?

tribestros
August 12th 2007


918 Comments


The original lead singer died. The 'new' lead singer left. This is yet another new lead singer.

The Sludge
August 13th 2007


2170 Comments


I listened to the songs on their myspace, wasn't too impressed.
Sinner ruled and this review was good as well.

Drowningpoolluvr
August 14th 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Cd! I LOVE DROWNING POOL!! Favorite band!

masscows
August 14th 2007


2230 Comments



I don't care how little music you listen to/how much you like Drowning Pool, you'd be an idiot to argue anything by them is anything but average, wannabe extreme, hard rock drivel. I've listened to everything by them except for this (for I was part of that whole crowd back in the day) and it sucked to me even back then.
qft

Drowningpoolluvr
August 14th 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Man After reading alot of your guys comments you are soo dumb. The band is doing what they love to do. Sorry that something really bad happened and they lost Dave. Doesn't mean they should just give up. Of course their music won't be the same. No one will sound like Dave. Ryan does an amazing job!!! They need to match the music to his voice and they do a good job doing so. I also have disagree with them sounding like all other bands. They do have a different style then most bands out there. Soo Give their new cd a shot. It is really well written.

Drowningpoolluvr
August 14th 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hah Totally not mediocore. I would like to see an album you have put out and sold millions Or how about 3 albums out . I would love to see you own WWE. Oh wait or did I see you at ozzfest. How about on tv, in the news, magizines. Ohh to bad I guess not. Then you must really suck if all the above is only mediocre and have none of that!

Brain Dead
August 14th 2007


1150 Comments


Do you realize that Britney Spears has sold more albums than Drowning Pool?
Do you like Britney Spears?

masscows
August 14th 2007


2230 Comments



Hah Totally not mediocore. I would like to see an album you have put out and sold millions Or how about 3 albums out . I would love to see you own WWE. Oh wait or did I see you at ozzfest. How about on tv, in the news, magizines. Ohh to bad I guess not. Then you must really suck if all the above is only mediocre and have none of that!
they really are mediocre though. Record sales and publicity are irrelevant. If you're judging a band based on that, then...

SpinLightTwo
August 14th 2007


1048 Comments


There is always someone that just gets on sputnik and feels the need to stick up for some mediocre band.

It's the quality of something not the quantity of publicity.



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