Review Scene: Drowning Pool, Max Watts Melbourne, 30th July 2016

Appearing on Australian shores for the first time since 2002, Drowning Pool delivered their heavy hitting music to a room filled with enthusiastic fans.

My Secret Circus opened the show with an energetic performance mixed with frantic music. Vocalist Cail Baroni was bouncing around to the beat, often standing proud atop a tactically placed box at the front of the stage. Rap elements were used to great effect in order to keep up with the shredding guitars and drums. They ended strong with ‘Fear’, the band getting the crowd to respond to their Karate Kid inspired lyrics with “No Sensei!”

Up next was Witchgrinder, who have recently had a line-up change. The new members aced the old material, really capturing the dark and mysterious themes in their songs while delivering thrash metal goodness. It will be interesting to see what new material the band will develop. Singer Travis Everett bantered with the crowd, getting them on their feet and ready for the headliners.

Drowning Pool began with one of the creepiest versions of “If you’re happy and you know it”, which had the audience merrily clapping along, before opening with one of their earlier songs, Sinner. Horns were up high and proud as the band transitioned to some of their new material from their recent album release, Hellelujah.

Jasen Moreno’s stage presence and enthusiasm was infectious, whipping up the crowd into a frenzy. He called out to the fans to sing along to every word, and moved around the stage as if he owned it. Dotted throughout the performance were wonderfully dark and disturbing motions (such as using the microphone like a needle) and CJ Pierce’s flaunting his guitar solos to the eager crowd.

Halfway through the night, Moreno gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make their show a reality. It is clear that he was honoured to be a part of such an amazing band, and to help spread their music across the globe. The crowd shared the sentiment, pulling out phones and the occasional lighter to pay tribute to the band. It’s clear that they were having fun, especially when Moreno asked the fans to “lie to him” about enjoying the excellent “new age” of Drowning Pool.

As the night drew to a close, it was clear that the fans everybody was anticipating Drowning Pool’s most famous song, ‘Bodies’. The band teased the crowd, whipping them into frenzy when they heard iconic whisper “Let the Bodies hit the floor”. The mosh pit went wild, with screaming fans singing along to every word of the anthem.

Drowning Pool ‘s performance gave Australia a taste of their heavy metal style, and hopefully fans down under won’t have to wait another 14 years to get another.

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William has a passion for all things heavy metal, though thrash and power metal have a special place in his heart. He is currently studying Journalism at University.