What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Drowning Pool's tale of perseverance is just as inspiring as their music.
The all-American anthemic rock band has persevered through the death of their first singer and losing their second, emerging a stronger unit than ever before. From presenting the Lane Evans Health Act to Barack Obama, while senator, and coming back with their first consecutive album with a singer, vocalist Ryan McCombs, Drowning Pool continue to survive. After their biggest single ever, "37 Stitches" and four years of nonstop touring, which culminated with 2009's Crüe Fest 2, the Dallas quartet are set to release their fourth full-length album, Drowning Pool (Due out April 2010 on Eleven Seven Music).
The album is a statement on various levels. It's a statement that Drowning Pool can write anything—from fist-pumping arena rock songs such as "Feel Like I Do" and "Let the Sin Begin" to the introspective acoustic haze of "Alcohol Blind" and the pensive pain of "Turns So Cold." It's a statement that this band is airtight musically, with the combination of Ryan McCombs's roar, C.J. Pierce's fret fireworks, Stevie Benton's thundering bass lines and Mike Luce's propulsive percussive palette. It's a statement that Drowning Pool won't stop, coming back with the fourth album of their decade-long career after withstanding the tragic death of original vocalist Dave Williams and parting with his replacement. Most importantly, it's a statement that Drowning Pool's music will be here forever.
Eye Empire is an American rock supergroup, formed in 2009, consisting of former Dark New Day members Corey Lowery and B.C. Kochmit as well as Donald Carpenter formerly of Submersed. Garrett Whitlock, formerly of Submersed, and Dixie Duncan were Eye Empire's drummer and guitarist respectively from their formation until 2010. Drummer Will Hunt, Lowery and Kockmit's band mate in Dark New Day, joined the band in 2010 before departing in 2011, replaced by Ryan Bennett.
The band recorded their debut album entitled Moment of Impact in 2010 featuring contributions from Sevendust members Lajon Witherspoon and Morgan Rose. The album was given a limited release the same year, with a full release planned for 2011.
Long Time Divided
Like the hometown of their inception, Long Time Divided is a band of blue-collar musicians, carving a name for themselves in the Pittsburgh music scene as one of the premier acts today. The wealth of musical knowledge that each member of the band brings to the group gives Long Time Divided a very polished hard rock sound.
Each member's distinctive style blends almost seamlessly with the others
, whether it's lead singer DJ Beckage belting out his grunge rock styled vocals mixed with very revealing lyrics or lead guitarist and pianist Bill Costello, with his haunting guitar riffs matched only by his melodic piano work.
Rhythm guitarist Paul Terry brings an element of exuberance to the stage, which shows in all of his methodical guitar play. Bassist Bob Beveridge and Drummer Jason Slick form the bedrock of the band; Bob bringing his soulful intensity to the bass in tandem with Jason almost robotic-like precision to the drums.
Long Time Divided has kept themselves grounded because they have never forgotten their roots and the people that have elevated them. With musical experience and peer accolades, Long Time Divided is now perched to succeed where many other bands before them have failed.
Formed from five, they are Long Time Divided.