If you like those bands that angrily shout all the lyrics through their songs you’ll love Desensitized. If you loved Drowning Pool’s Sinner you might not like Desensitized.
The three surviving members of Drowning Pool and Jason “Gong” Jones will probably tell you that “Jason-Gong is not Dave Williams” (the original Drowning Pool singer that died tragically in 2002). And that’s the problem with Desensitized. There will be many people buying the CD to get Drowning Pool, but instead they will get a new hard rock band with the same name.
The band rocking on Desensitized has three dudes from Drowning Pool and a guy named Jason Gong Jones at the mic. It is not the Drowning Pool that recorded Sinner. The band is calling itself Drowning Pool, but there is a big difference between the former Drowning Pool and the latter Drowning Pool.
Gone are the songs with anthem choruses like “let the bodies hit the floor”, “reminded of you”, “all over me”, “raise your hand if you’re a sinner”. These are replaced on Desensitized by what seem to be more short, angry, declarative statement choruses. The clearly sung choruses recited repetitively to an awesome, banging beat that the Drowning Pool that included Dave Williams was so fond of are sorely missed on this CD.
Desensitized is hard rocking fun. But it is not the Drowning Pool that recorded Sinner (did I mention that?). So keep an open mind when you push play on this new group’s CD and don’t be disappointed when you hear for yourself that “it is just not Drowning Pool”. This band should have come up with a new name for the new group.
On this CD Gong uses that angry shout much more than Dave did. And that is ironic because he should be the happiest guy in hard rock to have landed a gig with CJ Pierce, Mike Luce and Stevie Benton.
Update 8-8-2005 – Soil’s former singer Ryan McCombs joins Drowning Pool with a new release possible by year’s end according to info on the Drowning Pool website. My expectations are very high. Ryan’s singing is hard and very clear. See my review of Soil’s Redefine.