Drowning in sound: Heavy metal band headlines Boomers' Garden

Heavy metal band Drowning Pool will headline Lewiston’s Boomers’ Garden July 27, one stop on its tour across the United States.

Although the band has been together since 1996, it wasn’t until 2001, with Drowning Pool’s release of “Bodies” that the band was nationally known. The song, which Drowning Pool has said is about the brotherhood of the mosh pit, may have received national recognition for the wrong reasons, though.

A November 2008 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody made references to the use of loud music as an interrogation tool, according to CBS News. In one case, interrogators played music to Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who had been at Guantanamo for more than seven years, because he believed music was forbidden, the report said. For 10 days, Slahi was questioned by an interrogator while being "exposed to variable lighting patterns" and repeatedly played the song "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor," otherwise known as Drowning Pool's “Bodies.”

Drowning Pool was one of many bands, including Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Nine Inch Nails that joined the 2009 National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, and that are against using their music in interrogations.

Since “Bodies,” the band has had four more albums, and three different lead singers. “They say three times is the charm, and as far as singers go, that’s the way it’s going to be for us,” Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce told Guitar World magazine last year. “Three vocalists in 10 years is enough. We’d rather break up than search for somebody else.”

Drowning Pool’s original singer, Dave Williams, died from heart disease in 2002. Jason Jones stepped in, but was later deemed “an improper fit,” Guitar World said. But Pierce told the magazine 2005 front-runner Ryan McCombs was a godsend. McCombs stuck around for two album records, and then left the band in 2011 to rejoin his old band SOiL. Jasen Moreno was announced as McCombs’ replacement in 2012, and in 2013, helped release the band’s latest album “Resilience,” its fifth, in April. Joe Bonitatebus of Eleven Seven Music, said “Resilience” has had two singles that charted at active rock radio stations.

“And has proved to be the band’s most focused, fiery and fierce,” Bonitatebus said in an email.

The song “Feel Like I Do” hit high on the active rock radio charts, Bonitatebus said, and remained in the top five for 12 straight weeks.

Billboard charted “Resilience” at No. 22 for hard rock albums, as of July 22, and No. 50 for independent albums.

The 16-and-over Drowning Pool concert is standing room only. No lawn chairs, outside food, bags or umbrellas are permitted. Doors open at 6 p.m. while the show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.

->if you go: WHAT: Drowning Pool performs WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Boomers’ Garden, 301 Second St., Lewiston COST: $20

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