Drowning Pool has been a household name in the last decade for metal and hard rock, though they have seemed to struggle with finding the right vocalist since the passing of Dave Williams. Drowning Pool is currently on their fourth lineup change, and second album with vocalist Jasen Moreno. Jason Moreno replaced previous member Ryan McCombs who departed the band in 2011 and returned to his band SOil.
Over the span of their career Drowning Pool has ranked fairly on the charts, but never as well as their first album, Sinner in 2001 with the exception of “Feel Like I Do,” in 2010. The question is if Drowning Pool will ever succeed their first triumph with “Bodies.”
Drowning Pool released their sixth studio album, Hallelujah in early February 2016, their first record with eOne Music. And needless to say it did not reveal much more than the band’s further direction into the mainstream.
Album opener, “Push” possesses vocal attributes and sound similar to Edsel Dope of Dope, also a fellow name in alt-rock.
“Snake Charmer” a single featured on Billboard.com in December, gives more lyrical appeal than musical. The song presents a personal connection between the band and to their experiences as career musicians.
“This is a tune about the poisonous souls we have endured during our time in the music business,” says vocalist Jasen Moreno in an interview with Billboard in December 2015.
Despite the lyrical art of the track, the unison shouting in chorus dates the song. Although it provides solidarity for live shows, but it doesn’t really do much of the song overall. On the contrary, this group vocal approach to solidarity works fantastically on the closing track, “All Saints Day,” a speedier song, closer to a metal feel, although the guitar solo is weak, lacking power, skill and attraction.
Hallelujah is comparable to any 2000s mainstream hard rock, but the not just any mainstream, the radio kind, and popularity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. (Macie Bennett)