One of Drowning Poolâ€™s constant calling cards has been their palpable viciousness in the way they belt out their songs, and this trademark continues in their latest album, â€œResilience.â€ Some of the bandâ€™s more longtime fans might find themselves to be a bit thrown off by the voice of James Moreno, the bandâ€™s latest lead singer.
While certainly being a slight departure from voices of the past, he still far and away holds his own with the bandâ€™s solid status of being take no prisoners rockers. Being not as harsh as some of their earlier singers, he has a bit more of a melodic voice, which could easily allow for a greater range of songs in the future. Despite having a slightly more melodic voice, this album damn sure does not shy away from the bandâ€™s typical fare of badass battle anthems.
Probably the most shining example of Drowning Poolâ€™s tried-and-true approach of â€œGet â€˜em rowdyâ€ is the second song on the album, â€œOne Finger and a Fist.â€ It almost seems to harken back to the punk anthems of old, less a song of pure violence and more one of sheer rebellion. It is a glorious â€œScrew you!â€ to anyone wanting to hold you down, and a call to arms to continue the fight against â€œthe system.â€
However, despite their excellent opening song, â€œResilienceâ€ falls into the same problem as the rest of Drowning Poolâ€™s discology: Most of the songs tend to run together. The albumÂ is absolutely solid, but it simply comes across as being genericâ€œDrowning Pool.â€ There is simply an outright lack of variety, which leaves fans wanting more. The album in and of itself is solid, but it shows the band to be spinning their wheels musically, when they could be doing so much more.
Thankfully, there are a few breaks to this pattern, with â€œBleed With Youâ€ and â€œIn Memory Ofâ€¦â€. Both of these songs are easily differentiated from each other, let alone being far and away different from the rest of the album entirely. â€œBleed With Youâ€ is a song of unity, but not just against the enemy. It is a song about coming together as a family, whether or not you are related. It is about being blood brothers, sticking by one another through thick and thin. â€œIn Memory Ofâ€¦,â€ as the title would suggest, is an in memorial tune to former lead singer Dave Williams and a damn good one at that. It manages to be solemnly haunting, without being morbid and depressing. It by far makes some of the best use of David Morenoâ€™s somewhat softer voice. It is a fitting tribute to our fallen brothers-in-arms.
Overall, â€œResilienceâ€ is a solid, albeit limited, addition to the Drowning Pool collection.