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Is there anyone that even knows what the identity of "Drowning Pool" is even supposed to mean these days? Let's face it, the ONLY reason that name means anything is because their debut produced the song "Bodies" and shortly after their singer died. Since then, this "band" has literally been a revolving door of singers so that they never established an actual identity past "Bodies" and the followup "Sinner". Having met these guys many times, they are certainly nice enough guys. Their heart is also in the right place, specifically with the way they go out of their way to support the troops with visits to war zones, supportive songs and whatnot. All of that said though, it doesn't spare them the fact that by changing singers every couple of years, they never established much of a groove or a "signature sound" where you hear it and go, "oh, that's Drowning Pool". Once again, for the fourth time actually, there's a new singer fronting Drowning Pool. This guy's name is Jason Moreno. He's OK, I guess. That said though, RESILIENCE suffers once again from what has plagued this band...zero identity.

To be fair, RESILIENCE is not a bad album. It's not good either. It's just there; as middle of the road as the white lines painted down the middle of any two lane highway. They also suffer from some of the worst lyrical writing of their career on RESILIENCE. Listen to songs like "Saturday Night", you literally feel almost embarrassed hearing the lyrics. Cut from some awful hairband influence, the sing song chorus of "I'm gonna live my life like it's Saturday Night" is scary bad and awkwardly cliche of a time that has long since gone away.

Musically, RESILIENCE is OK. Guitarist CJ Pierce has long been an unheralded and yet above average player. While there's nothing here from him that really jumps out at you, the rhythms on songs like "Low Crawl" are strong, and the solo jumps out as some sort of nu-metal-meets-prog-metal hybrid solo. It works well here. Pierce is backed by the long time rhythm section of Stevie Benton on bass and Mike Luce on drums. Both sound excellent throughout. Again, there's nothing awful here, but nothing really grabs you and holds you. There's nothing memorable at all on RESILIENCE.

PITRIFF RATING - 49/100 - There's just nothing here. Having met these guys and actually respecting them for trying for all these years, it makes it increasingly hard to not say what is inevitable...that they need to give up and move onto something new. My bet is six months from now almost no one reading this will remember this album at all. That's just the facts of the world. It's not horrible, but there's nothing at all memorable here either. The carcass known as Drowning Pool may have finally hit the proverbial floor.

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