Drowning Pool will release their first new record since 2016 Strike A Nerve and is now streaming "Mind Right." According to guitarist CJ Pierce, the new single was written right after Vinnie Paul passed away in 2018 and is a tribute to both the Abbott brothers. And sure, I can totally see how the single is inspired by Pantera – it has that groove metal swagger the band was known for, though the frantic breakdown and squealy guitar solo at two minutes certainly exhibits that classic Drowning Pool nü-metal-type sound.
"'Mind Right' started with the core Drowning Pool sound, then really dug into our southern metal roots," said Pierce. "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 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 is out September 17. Pre-orders are available here.