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Drowning Pool at Ground Zero

Last night, May 28th I caught Drowning Pool, Eye Empire, and Ghosts in the Machine at Ground Zero in Spartanburg. I got there just as Eye Empire was starting their set.  Those guys certainly bring a show and an energy equally as strong as bands half their age.  It's always great to see Corey Lowery (a hard rock O.G.) still giving it everything he's got night after night.  I felt that Donald Carpenter's vocals were a little off, and that parts of the show felt choreographed.

The big performance of the night though was Drowning Pool.  Now I know what you're thinking: "Aren't they on singer number 4"?  Answer: Yes.  I had some apprehension on the new guy, Jasen Moreno the first time I heard them, thinking he just didn't have a deep enough voice to match their more recent output, but after seeing them live, those reservations are blown away.  Does he have a deep Ryan McCombs voice?  No, but consider also he's got to fill the shoes of both Dave Williams and Jason Jones.  My opinion is Moreno is the perfect fit to cover the band's entire career of records.  He had a fire in him that would've made you think he was playing for 20,000 (instead of the paltry [maybe] 150 in attendance).  Drummer Mike Luce kept the crowd laughing with his "drunken" antics (he was sober enough to catch drum sticks thrown to him from side stage while playing, so I question how drunk he was).  Bald headed CJ Pierce jumped around like a madman and Stevie Benton left nothing in reserve either.

All in all, good show.  The core members of the band still have it, and Jasen Moreno is a very solid addition to the group.

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People : Corey LoweryDave WilliamsDonald CarpenterJasen MorenoJason JonesMike LuceRyan McCombsStevie Benton

05/29/2013 3:53PM
Drowning Pool at Ground Zero
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