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Drowning Pool to release new album ‘Strike a Nerve’ on Sept. 30

Drowning Pool will release “Strike a Nerve,” its first new album since 2016, on Sept. 30, 2022, via T-BOY/UMe. Described in a press release as the band’s “heaviest record to date,” the album will be released on CD, 180-gram vinyl and digitally, and is available for pre-order here.

The band also has shared “Mind Right,” the first single from “Strike a Nerve.” The song is a tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul of Pantera.

“This record is so badass, it’s perfect. It’s the four of us doing what we do to the best of our abilities,” vocalist Jasen Moreno said. “The band is tight in every way. We’re firing off on all cylinders. We’re at the top of our game. There are all different ways of saying it, but it all amounts to the same thing–the results are just magic. From the way the record sounds, to the writing of it, to the production, to the look of it–it’s just a perfect Drowning Pool record. None of us could ask for anything more …”

“’Strike a Nerve’ is the most exciting and intense music from Drowning Pool to date,” guitarist CJ Pierce said. “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–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.”

“‘Mind Right’ started with the core Drowning Pool sound, then really dug into our southern metal roots,” Pierce said of the lead single. “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!”

“Strike a Nerve” track listing:

1. Doing Time in Hell
2. Hate Against Hate
3. Stay and Bleed 
4. Strike a Nerve 
5. Racing to a Red Light
6. Choke
7. Everything but You
8. Down in the Dirt
9. Rope
10. A Devil More Damned 
11. Mind Right 

Drowning Pool 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

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