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July 16, 1974 |
Muncie, Indiana, United States
|Genres||Hard rock, alternative metal, heavy metal, post-grunge, nu metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, Vocals, Bass guitar|
|Years active||1997–2004, 2005–present|
|Associated acts||Soil, Drowning Pool|
Ryan McCombs (born July 16, 1974) is a heavy metal vocalist. From 1997 to 2004 he was the vocalist of the hard rock band SOiL. McCombs has also served as the vocalist for Drowning Pool from 2005 until his departure in 2011. He is now back with Soil.
1997-2004, 2011-Present: Soil
Ryan McCombs was discovered by SOiL through a compilation CD of unsigned bands. He joined the rock band Soil as lead vocalist in mid-1997. The band releasing three albums and one EP during his time in the group: El Chupacabra (EP) and Throttle Junkies, Scars, and Redefine. With heavy anthems like "Halo" and "Unreal," the band gained commercial recognition and international status with their second album, Scars, in 2001. Their 2004 follow-up would continue Soil's significant exposure; however, they were dropped from J Records due to disappointing sales. While touring for their latest album, McCombs suddenly decided to leave the band, which caused the cancellation of many scheduled performances alongside acts like Sevendust and Damageplan.
2005-2011: Drowning Pool
McCombs' hiatus from music lasted one year. His family, most notably his wife, convinced McCombs to continue singing; however, by the time he returned to music, Soil had already found a new lead singer. McCombs' wife told him that if he was to be with a band, to make sure it was with good people whom he could trust. Around this time, Drowning Pool's second singer, Jason Jones, left to join alternative band A.M. Conspiracy. As rumors spread about who would be Drowning Pool's new singer, the band announced that the new vocalist's identity would be released at Ozzfest in Dallas, Texas on August 25, 2005. It was Ryan McCombs.
The first Drowning Pool song released with Ryan McCombs as the singer was a remake of their song "Rise Up", originally performed with Jason Jones as lead singer. The song was titled "Rise Up 2006"; featured as a bonus downloadable track on WWE Wreckless Intent, and was the theme for WWE Friday Night SmackDown until 2008. The Saw III soundtrack contains a demo version of "No More," the second track with McCombs on vocals. With McCombs, Drowning Pool recorded their third studio album, Full Circle, released on August 7, 2007. It featured the hit single "37 Stitches". "Shame", which was released as the album's last single, was featured in the Saw IV soundtrack.
In 2010, the band released their fourth album, Drowning Pool. The album featured McCombs as vocalist, thus being the first Drowning Pool album not to feature a new lead singer.
In November 2011, it was announced that McCombs and Drowning Pool would be parting ways, and that he would once again be the permanent vocalist for SOiL.
2011 : Soil
In 2011, Ryan McCombs rejoined SOiL. The band played various venues throughout the United Kingdom including Download festival at which it played a live acoustic set for the first time. The band revealed at Download that a new album would be released in the coming year.
Ryan is of Scottish descent, having family in Wigtownshire, Scotland.