"Resilience", the fifth studio album from Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL, sold 6,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard chart. The CD was released on April 9 via Eleven Seven Music. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, as well as John Feldmann (THE USED, STORY OF THE YEAR), and completed the album in Dallas.
DROWNING POOL's self-titled album opened with 12,000 units back in May 2010 to land at No. 35.
The band's 2007 CD, "Full Circle", registered a first-week tally of 10,000 to enter the chart at No. 64.
"Resilience" track listing:
01. Anytime Anyplace
02. Die For Nothing
03. One Finger And A Fist
04. Digging These Holes
05. Saturday Night
06. Low Crawl
07. Life Of Misery
08. Broken Again
10. Bleed Wth You
11. Skip To The End
12. In Memory Of
DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton recently spoke to AOL'sNoisecreep about the latest addition to the group lineup: singer Jasen Moreno. Moreno, who previously fronted fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, is DROWNING POOL's fourth and newest frontman. Jasenreplaces vocalist Ryan McCombs, who exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup.
Asked how DROWNING POOL's chemistry has been affected by the singer changes over the years, Benton said: "Well, it's a forced form of band evolution, I would say, certainly not something you strive for and not something that I would advise other bands to do, because it's a lot of extra work and it's hard on you at times, but for us, we still had a such great time with Dave [Williams, DROWNING POOL's original singer] and such great vibes still remains and we've been trying to recapture that ever since then. It feels cheap to stick with a chemistry that just doesn't feel right and so maybe that's why we've had a lot of turnover. We knew if we switched singers again that a lot of people would look at it and make comments, but for us it seemed like it was worth it to take that shot at capturing the best chemistry we ever had. So we did. Look, sometimes you have to shift gears and I'm sure some of our ex-singers feel the same way: 'I can't wait to get the hell out of here.'"
He added: "One thing we have learned is that each singer has strong points and weak points and we've learned to craft the sound of the band that will benefit the singer at the time. It can be tricky at times to learn the nuances of it, but this time around, one fortunate thing is Jasen, our new singer, is a Dallas guy, we've know him for years and so it's not like having a stranger coming in. We had a great idea about him though, who he is and what he is about, and so we've been able to hit the ground running."
Moreno made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8, 2012 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
"In Memory Of" was released in August 2012 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band's original singer, Dave Williams.
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band's debut, "Sinner". He was replaced by Jason "Gong" Jones, who also contributed to one record, "Desensitized", before being shown the door in 2004.
DROWNING POOL's video for the song "Saturday Night" was directed byJon Bertorelli and produced by Daniel Livschultz, both of Vulpine Films.
METALLICA Bassist: There Is A Certain Quality To 'Death Magnetic' That We Are Really Proud Of
Matthew Priest of What's On magazine recently conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
What's On: METALLICA have been going for more than 30 years. Where does the motivation come from?
Trujillo: As clichéd as it sounds. It's the music — or maybe just music in general. When we're back home and we strap on the guitars, it just works. At the moment, we're in the middle of writing a new album and, if anything, the problem is that we write too many riffs. That proves that there is a lot of music still in us.
What's On: What do you guys do when you're not rocking?
Trujillo: We're all pretty different. Kirk [Hammett, guitar] and I love to get our surf on. We love going to new places, finding where the local waves are and go and surf them. Lars [Ulrich, drums] loves to do a bit of scuba diving, while James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] is bit more cultured; he prefers to take in the city a bit more and get a feel of the surroundings and the vibe of places like South Africa or Japan.
What's On: How's the new album coming along?
Trujillo: Well, we can't really say much, because it's still being written, but we've been listening to our last album, "Death Magnetic", a lot, which is inspiring the arrangements we are currently writing. There is a certain quality to that album that we are really proud of and we want to maintain a certain standard. Is the new album going to sound like "Death Magnetic"? Probably not, but there will still be those signatureMETALLICA grooves and thrash elemenls.
What's On: [Is] the secret to your longevity adapting?
Trujillo: Yeah, it is. We've had to change our lifestyles to adapt to getting older. We still want to have the energy to perform as we did, 'cause the last thing we're going to give you is a half-assed METALLICA show – that's just not going to happen. The other day, I was surfing in Australia with around 30 local guys and there was one guy who was around 60. I looked at him and thought that's kind of cool that this old guy is surfing. But then I realized that I was the second oldest guy out there! There I was, nearly 50 years old, surfing with these kids, playing at these rock shows. I have a lot to be thankful for. Life is pretty good.
Read the entire interview from What's On magazine.
CLIFF BURTON Remembered By His Pre-METALLICA Band TRAUMA In New Video Interview
Bassist Cliff Burton's pre-METALLICA band TRAUMA has just finished recording a new batch of songs at Prairie Sun recording studios in Cotati, California with Tim Gennert at the controls.
A special event for Burton was held on February 10 — on what would have been Cliff's 51st birthday — at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco, California. For the first time in decades, TRAUMA actually performed never-heard-before songs written by Cliff himself. Also appearing on the bill were HELLFIRE and DAMAGE INC.
Video footage of TRAUMA's concert can be seen below (courtesy ofCapital Chaos TV). Also available is an interview with the band.
TRAUMA's music was comparable to that of IRON MAIDEN andMONTROSE with faster tempos, which can be heard in the tracks "The Day All Hell Broke Loose" and "Lay Low" from their debut album.
TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson went on to play in numerous other bands, most notably ST. ELMO'S FIRE.
TRAUMA guitarist Michael Overton was interviewed for the 2009 book"To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton", written by U.K.-based author Joel McIver and published by Jawbone Press.
Burton, best known as a heavy metal bass player who made use of distortion and special effects, was killed in an accident on September 27, 1986 at the age of 24, four years after joining METALLICA. It wasBurton's early influence that helped create METALLICA's unique musical style for which the band has become famous.
Paramore Scores First #1 Album on Billboard 200; Volbeat at #9, Stone Sour #10
It’s official: Paramore has scored their first #1 album on the Billboard 200.
The band's self-titled release secured the #1 slot this week with over 106,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Paramore’s highest-charting release on theBillboard tally before now was 2009’s Brand New Eyes, which scored the #2 spot with 175,000 copies sold its first week out.
In addition to recently topping the U.K.'s Official Album Chart, Paramore has racked up #1 debuts on album charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Volbeat and Stone Sour also scored top-10 positions on the Billboard 200 this week. Volbeat's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies clocked in at #9 on the tally with 39,000 copies sold, while Stone Sour's House of Gold and Bones Part 2 came in at #10 with 35,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The second installment of Stone Sour's concept double album may have had a better first sales week than the Part 1, but it didn't chart higher than the 2012 release. House of Gold and Bones Part 1 debuted at #7 on the tally last November with 31,000 copies sold.
Disturbed Frontman David Draiman Thanks Fans for Supporting Side Project Device's Debut Album
Disturbed singer David Draiman is thrilled that the self-titled debut album for his side project, Device, scored the #11 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The singer recently posted a note addressed to his fans on the group's Facebook page to show his appreciation for their support.
"Thanks so much to all of our fans who've helped us make a very strong statement this week,” he writes. “You made this happen, and we will always be in your debt! My brothers and sisters, my blood, you truly have given us life. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Device is currently trekking across North America promoting their debut album. Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint are supporting the band on select dates. Visit DeviceBand.com to view the full itinerary.