Drowning Pool In-depth Biography
Dallas-based heavy metal} group Drowning Pool} was one of the most promising bands of the early 2000s. Their debut album, Sinner}, was certified platinum within six weeks of its release while their first single, "Bodies,"} was one of the most frequently aired videos on MTV} by a new band. They reached out to an ever-greater audience with dynamic performances at Wrestlemania XVIII} and Ozzfest} during the summers of 2001 and 2002. Unfortunately, their streak of success was not to last. Shortly after rousing the crowd at Ozzfest} in Indianapolis, IN, on August 3, 2002, vocalist Dave "Stage" Williams} was found dead of natural causes on the tour bus.
Drowning Pool} represented the vision of drummer Mike Luce} and guitarist C.J. Pierce}, who formed the band after relocating from New Orleans to Dallas and hooking up with bassist Stevie Benton}. Although they initially performed as an instrumental trio, their sound coalesced with the arrival of Williams} as vocalist. Drowning Pool} experienced success from the outset. When a copy of their first demo reached members of Sevendust}, they were invited to tour with the industrial metal} group. Tours with Kittie} and (hed) pe} followed. Their second demo, recorded after two years on the road, reached the Top Ten on Dallas radio station KEGI} and led to a contract with the Windup Records} label. Produced by Papa Roach}, Orgy}, Godsmack}, and Coal Chamber} producer Jay Baumgardner}, their first album, Sinner}, became an instant hit. A DVD, Sinema}, featuring more than two and a half hours of concert footage, was released in late 2002. In January 2004, the band announced the addition of singer Jason "Gong" Jones}. Their sophomore effort, Desensitized}, followed several months later. In 2006, Ryan McCombs} assumed the vocal duties in advance of a new album. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide