Texas alternative hard-rock band Drowning Pool is readying the release of its upcoming album, Hellelujah, for Feb. 5, 2016. While it’s the quartet’s first project for Entertainment One Music, the act keeps in line with its well-established oeuvre of writing songs about dealing with personal hardships and overcoming adversity. The first focus track Drowning Pool released from Hellelujah was “By the Blood” in November, which promises an enemy that they “will remember me by the blood … on your shirt.” On new single “Snake Charmer” — premiering exclusively today on Billboard — the band takes a look at people who’ve turned out to be backstabbers. Take a listen below:
“This is a tune about the poisonous souls we have endured during our time in the music business,” says vocalist Jasen Moreno. “We won’t name any names, but you know who you are. Basically it’s about how to keep kicking ass when things go bad.”
If there’s one thing Drowning Pool has learned to do, it’s to keep moving forward when things get rough. Moreno was a longtime friend of the band before he joined it, however, he is the third singer to front the group since the unexpected loss of vocalist Dave Williams, who died in August 2002 of an undiagnosed heart ailment. “My history with these guys goes way back,” says Moreno. “We came up in the same scene. With me at the helm, you get a representation of all the eras of Drowning Pool, including some songs the other guys weren’t singing live, and a re-energized attitude looking forward to the future.”
Williams sang on Drowning Pool’s seminal, gold-certified hit “Bodies” from its platinum debut album, Sinner. Despite being released in the early aughts, the video for “Bodies” has still earned more 25.4 million views on YouTube. The song peaked at No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart in 2001. The band has also logged such top 10 hits on that chart as “Feel Like I Do,” “Turn So Cold” (reaching No. 4 and No. 8, respectively, in 2010), “37 Stitches” (No. 5 in 2009) and “Step Up” (No. 7 in 2004).