For the first time in their 8 year major label career modern rockers Drowning Pool offer an intense live recording in Loudest Common Denominator. Featuring all of the band’s radio friendly hits “Bodies,” “Enemy,” and “Sinner” Loudest will surely please the loyal fans and mainstream radio audience. In addition to the 11 live tracks recorded in San Diego the band offers acoustic studio demos of “37 Stitches” and “Shame” both of which serve as the disc’s highlights. Here is the bottom line: Drowning Pool is following an industry trend, due to no fault of their own, of releasing live recordings without offering a unique take on their studio releases—with exception to minor stage banter, the songs sound identical to the originals. If you want to experience this band live then grab an overpriced ticket and tear it up in the pit for yourself. B-
Drowning Pool performing “37 Stitches” live and acoustic on Altitude TV:
Drowning Pool is Ryan McCombs [vocals], CJ Pierce [guitars/vocals], Steve Benton [bass/vocals], and Mike Luce [drums]. www.drowningpool.com
In support of the release of their brand new live album, Drowning Pool is hosting a free online listening party on Feb. 26, 2009. Hear Loudest Common Denominator in its entirety before it hits the streets on March 3.