By CHRIS BROCK
Times Staff Writer
The platinum-selling, heavy metal Texas quartet Drowning Pool will perform Friday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena.
The popular band is known for supporting soldiers, having toured Kuwait, Iraq, Korea and Guantanamo Bay. It has championed the Lane Evans Health Act, emphasizing the best health care for veterans.
Drowning Pools fifth studio album, Resilience, was released this year.
The band recently added singer Jasen Moreno. At the end of 2011, the three original Drowning Pool members C.J. Pierce on guitar, Stevie Benton on bass and Mike Luce on drums decided to release their third singer, Ryan McCombs, and began searching for his replacement. The band had already survived the passing of founding vocalist Dave Williams in 2002 and also parted ways with his successor in 2005.
This business is a marathon not a sprint, Mr. Benton said in a press release. Youre going to have a lot of ups and downs. Thats how life is. There are no more surprises because weve survived all of these disasters already. Were more of a unit than ever before. Weve become adept at rolling with the punches, and weve always got each others backs.
Giving up has never been an option for us, said Mr. Pierce.
Drowning Pools new album, Resilience, continues the bands arena-ready, fist-pumping hard rock.
In early 2012, Drowning Pool retreated to House of Loud studios in New Jersey to record with Kato Khandwala. The producer also helmed the bands 2010 self-titled album, which spawned its highest-charting radio hit to date, Feel Like I Do, which hit No. 2 on the Active Rock charts. In 2009, 37 Stitches off of the Full Circle album reached No. 4 on the Active Rock charts.
I feel like this record goes back to the bands roots, Mr. Luce said of Resilience. Even before Dave joined the band, C.J., Stevie, and I used to just step into a room, jam, and see what happened. Jasen does that with us now.
The bands first single on the new record is One Finger and a Fist. Drowning Pool debuted the song during WWEs Slammy Awards in 2012 before offering a free download to fans for 48 hours.
Mr. Benton describes One Finger and a Fist as A song about feeling backed into a corner. Its about that moment when you realize that you have no choice but to give the middle finger to the world and come out swinging.
Appearing with Drowning Pool Friday will be the bands Eye Empire, Even the Dead Love a Parade, Exilia, Caustic Method, Lake Effect Mud, Maps of War and Tyrade.
Drowning Pool also appeared in Watertown in 2007, with part of the concert proceeds going to the Climb to Glory Fund.
YouTube hosts dozens of videos of war scenes set to Let the Bodies Hit the Floor, one of the bands biggest hits.