Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's
Drowning Pool finally performed in front of a Brisbane audience after a 14 year absence from Aussie shores.
The band performed a flawless, tight set proving that they are well toured veterans of the rock/metal scene.
Vocalist Jason Moreno was the standout performer on the night belting out songs old and new alike with perfect pitch and clarity and I couldn't help but wonder where they found him.
Turns out he was originally in The Suicide Hook, but one can see why Drowning Pool have a new energy and focus and why guitarist CJ encouraged everyone to get out and see the band with their new front man.
While Jason prowled up and down the stage like a caged panther, bassist Stevie Benton was the epitome of laid back and cool, hanging back near the drumkit and keeping a steady groove going.
Mike Luce engaged the audience from behind the drumkit, beckoning everyone to get in on the action.
Guitarist CJ Pierce was uncontrollable and exploded on stage with enormous energy and enthusiasm.
He showed his passion for the band and performing - making sure he launched himself from the foldback speakers several times during the set, and complimenting Jason's vocals.
Drowning Pool are reminiscent of that Texas post grunge/numetal/ riff driven crunch found in bands like Hellyeah and Jason Moreno seemed determined to prove to everyone that he had what it took to give a new vitality to the material.
He left very little doubt in the audience's mind with people singing along and fist pumping all the way.
I was just disappointed the venue was not full and it is a credit to the band that they managed to get such a strong vibe and atmosphere merely with the intensity of their performance.
Really, it was a flawless set that was invigorating to watch and great to listen to.
The guitar tones were just magnificent.
As promised by CJ the band mainly focused on "Hellelujah" and debut album "Sinner".
Of course the most loved song "Bodies" makes an appearance with a VIP audience member asked up on stage, and A Breach Of Silence contributing background vocals.
Drowning Pool have found a new groove with Jason and the release of their new album means more fans and hopefully that means another Australian tour soon.
The warmup act into Drowning Pool were Brisbane revellers A Breach of Silence.
A Breach of Silence are no warm-up.
After touring with Drowning Pool in the States this local act are a triumph unto their own.
They could easily have co-headlined the tour bringing their own vibe and feel to the venue and performing with a focus and calmness reminiscent of bands twice their age.
They were an absolute pleasure to watch with Blair Layt and drummer Daniel Trickett performing with a visual presence that was dynamic, and powerful without being clichéd or stereotypical.
The band were tight and full of crunching riffs, breakdowns and weirdly soaring power metal interludes between the hardcore vocals.
It is no surprise that Drowning Pool have developed an obvious fondness for their supports and can see the talent within the band.
Apparently Drowing Pool drummer Mike Luce was assisting our Brisbane lads with tequila shots while on stage - nice!
A Breach of Silence played one new song from their third album due to come out soon while never letting the ball drop and keeping the intensity bouncing from song to song.
First up on the night were She Cries Wolf.
She Cries Wolf had the unenviable task of warming the crowd up as opening band.
Unfortunately, being a Thursday night the crowd was fairly sparse and empty.
Being the beginning of the evening things felt a little lack lustre.
Thankfully this changed the later we progressed into the evening as more punters dropped in and the venue started to fill.
Having said that She Cries Wolf were good sports and held up their end of the bargain.
They performed with 100 percent intensity, putting on a good show and exposing a few more people to what they are about.
Guitarist Daniel Belic and bass player Dom Harper on the left hand of the stage were not going to waste the opportunity to put on a highly energised performance.
I found the band to be tight, the songs were strong if not a little conformist to the hardcore scene, and the performance was full of raw,unbridled focus.
It was a hard slot to fill with minimal light and minimal crowd, but they handled themselves professionally and have some exciting tour dates ahead with Dream, On Dreamer, Hellions and Stepson.