Sound — 8
Drowning Pool are a renowned heavy metal band who first formed back in 1996, and soon followed grabbed the ears of metalheads worldwide with their captivating 2001 debut album, "Sinner", which showcased the band's signature take on the genre, mixed with dominative nu metal and alternative influences. Throughout the bands four studio albums, Drowning Pool would go on to forge a multitude of heavy hitting metal anthems, such as "Step Up" and "Love And War". Now, they make their return to the music scene with their first new album in over three years, titled "Resilience". The album is kicked off with "Anytime Anyplace", which proudly showcases a racing guitar riff, angst-soaked vocals and thunderous percussion work, which remains consistent to the band's earlier efforts. The song is filled to such traditionally angry lyrics as "Hey you/ you're dying every day/ you're looking for some pain? / Well it's on the way!", which helps provide the new track with a comfortably nostalgic feel and vibe that should appeal to most established fans of Drowning Pool. Immediately it's looking like a standout return-to-form for these Texan riff rockers, than leaves little room for improvement.
Lyrics — 9
Recently appointed lead vocalist Jason Moreno gives a consistently noteworthy performance throughout "Resilience". Just as Drowning Pool is beloved for their ever increasing catalogue of raging metal classics, they are well known for their long line of people manning the microphone. Soon following the release of their debut album, the band would unfortunately go on to lose original lead singer Dave Williams to heart disease. Afterwards, the band would go on to recruit Jason "Gong" Jones for their second studio album, Desensitized, only to be replaced with Ryan McCombs of SOiL fame; who would maintain the position within the band only until recently. A lead vocalist is literally the voice of the band, so this entire album, in my opinion, was resting on Jason's shoulders, and he completely knocked it out of the park. He has the ability to add uneasing levels of hate, anger, and depression to his singing style, which completely transforms the overall mood of each song. This helps drive each song forward into the next, and leads to an enjoyable listening experience.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, Drowning Pool give a dynamite performance with "Resilience", which showcase the band's signature pick-grinding guitar riffs and primal screams throughout all 15 new compositions. It comes highly recommended to any established fan of the band, as well as any alternative metal fan looking for a consistently thrilling metal album to crank to full volume.