I can clearly remember where i was and what i was doing when i heard that Dave Williams died, about three days after i’d seen Drowning Pool at Ozzfest.
I can clearly remember when he was replaced and how excited i was, until i heard Step Up for the first time. Then i saw the music video, and then the album cover, and i cried. I never bought Desensitized, and i never will. If somebody gave it to me i’d put it in the microwave.
I can clearly remember bouncing off walls and screaming with joy when i heard that Jason Jones had been ejected from the band. That guy couldn’t write lyrics to save his life.
I can clearly remember when Ryan McCombs was selected to replace Jason Jones and crying with joy. I liked Soil when they first came out. I like Ryan’s voice and his lyrics. So i sat and impatiently waited for them to release something, anything, and when i heard Soldiers, i wasn’t disappointed. I saw Drowning Pool about a month ago with Ryan, and they sounded awesome. The energy was there, it was definitely the band reborn. I thought it was great how obviously embarrassed the band is of Jason Jones; the only song from Desensitized they played was Step Up and they got it out of the way early in the set. They were selling copies of Sinner but not Desensitized. They had stuff with pictures of the band with Dave and the band with Ryan but nothing for Jones.
I have been waiting for this album for six long years and it has not let me down. I’ve not listened to it enough yet to pick favorite songs but by the end of the month the whole thing’ll be in my iTunes most played list. Everything is as solid and pleasing as Drowning Pool should be. It may be true that in recent years my musical tastes have shifted from the vein of Korn and Disturbed (matured? i hesitate to use the word) toward things like Ani DiFranco and Portishead, but this still pumps me up as much as Sinner ever did.
I can’t wait to see what great things are to come in Drowning Pool’s bright future. I’d love to see them reclaim their past glory.