Texas Hard Rock band Drowning Pool are going to be releasing their first record since 2016, titled Strike a Nerve. They’ve also shared the single “Mind Right,” previewing what is described as their “heaviest record to date”. The album will arrive on CD, 180-gram vinyl and digital on September 30th 2022, via T-BOY/UMe.
Longtime Drowning Pool guitarist CJ Pierce comments:
Strike a Nerve is the most exciting and intense music from Drowning Pool to date. We’ve stayed true to the core sound people know from us, but we’ve taken everything we do to another level. We’ve been writing music together for over twenty years – half of that with Jasen [Moreno] – and this album is more refined and more true to who we are than anything we’ve done before. Sometimes it’s heavier than we’ve ever been, sometimes it’s lighter, and sometimes we go in a direction that surprises even us – but it’s always just brutally honest, and that comes through in every track.
Pierce explains concerning the single “Mind Right”:
…It started with the core Drowning Pool sound, then really dug into our southern metal roots. This song was written not long after Vinnie Paul died, as a tribute of sorts to him and Dime and a way for us to to honor the impact Pantera had on our local Dallas scene. It’s probably the heaviest song we’ve recorded, but it’s the perfect way to close Strike A Nerve; like the title of the song says, we all need to get our minds right. We need to see what’s going on around us, stand up for what we believe in, and always focus on the bigger picture. We can’t wait to play this one live!
The album Strike A Nerve was inspired by wearing life’s battle scars on our sleeves, a theme already in place for the album when recording was completed prior to the pandemic, but even more relevant now.
DROWNING POOL – FALL 2022 TOUR DATES
09/17 – Central Florida Metal Fest – Orlando, FL
09/26 – Lafayette’s Music Room – Memphis, TN
09/28 – Jergels – Warrendale, PA
09/29 – The Eclectic Room – Angola, IN
09/30 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
10/01 – Stormy’s Music Venue – Beaver Dam, WI
10/02 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/04 – The Winchester Music Tavern – Lakewood, OH
10/05 – The Blue Note – Harrison, OH
10/07 – Hard Times Four Mile Fork – Fredericksburg, VA
10/08 – Stage West Penn State – State College, PA
10/09 – RV Music Fest (Ellie Ray’s Resort) – Branford, FL
10/09 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
10/11 – The Concourse – Knoxville, TN
10/12 – Shagnasty’s – Huntsville, AL
10/14 – The Wildcatter Saloon – Katy, TX
MORE DATES TBA