Drowning Pool have returned with a new album(to be released on the 9th of April) and a new vocalist! After Ryan McCombs decided to go on a separate way and back as a vocalist for SOiL, the band was faced with the decision of looking for a new vocalist and they found Jasen Moreno. Now, I’m going to start with some rather obvious facts for the die-hard fans: Moreno is not McCombs and he is not Williams. His voice does not have that brutal sound in it, he does not do as much screaming as the first two. So from that point of view, the record is more tuned down. However, the new songs introduce some very interesting rock’n’roll catchy anthem-like elements that were not that visible before in their sound. And what Moreno brings is a different atmosphere.
So now that we have cleared up the facts: Drowning Pool is not as brutal as before, and the aggressive in-your-face riffs turned into rather infectious rock’n’roll -infused ones. In my opinion this is not a bad thing at all! They refined themselves: a different angle to their sound suggests that they are skilled musicians capable of building up a backbone that fits Moreno’s voice and still makes you want to scream and sing along. I do however have a downside to point out: after a while, the songs begin to sound rather repetitive, and the riffs quite similar. From that point of view, I would love to see maybe a bit more diversity in melodic lines.
Some of the best tracks to look for in ‘Resilience’ are: the young and angry fight songs ‘One finger and a fist’ and ‘Low Crawl’ – has a more old school DP touch -, the party-heavy ones like ‘Saturday Night’ – which might remind one of bands like Rev Theory – and ‘Understand’, and one of the most touching tunes from the record, an anthem for the misunderstood, ‘Bleed With You’. If you have the deluxe edition, it contains two more bonus tracks ‘Apathetic’ and ‘One Way Prophecy’, both wearing an obnoxious, loud sound attached.
All in all, ‘Resilience’ is a good rock party soundtrack record, and i believe the guys did a nice job with choosing Moreno.