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Full Circle is the third studio album by American rock band Drowning Pool, released on August 7, 2007 by Eleven Seven. It is their first of two studio releases with Ryan McCombs, then former singer of SOiL, who joined the band after the departure of Jason 'Gong' Jones in 2005. The first single off the album, "Soldiers," is dedicated to the United States Army.

Full Circle
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 2007
RecordedDallas, Texas, 2006—2007
Genre
Length49:04
LabelEleven Seven
Producer
Drowning Pool chronology
Desensitized
(2004)
Full Circle
(2007)
Loudest Common Denominator
(2009)
Singles from Full Circle
  1. "Soldiers"
    Released: 2007
  2. "Enemy"
    Released: December 4, 2007
  3. "37 Stitches"
    Released: August 2008
  4. "Shame"
    Released: June 29, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The album debuted at number 64 on the United States Billboard 200, selling about 10,000 copies in its first week.[2] As of September 12, 2007, the album has sold around 29,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Four singles were released to promote the album. The final single "Shame" was released June 29, 2009 almost two years after the album's release. The album was moderately commercially successful, and received great amounts of positiveity by fans. Drowning Pool embarked on several tours to promote Full Circle.

Writing and recordingEdit

Full Circle is the only studio album by Drowning Pool with more than 11 tracks; it has 13. McCombs said that "Shame" was one of his favorite songs from the album.[citation needed] The entire band contributed to the album's writing process, as well as including an outside writer, Nikki Sixx who wrote a song for the band, entitled "Reason I'm Alive", which made it on the album. The album also includes a cover of Billy Idol's song "Rebel Yell".

The album was self funded. Ryan McCombs explains "Yeah, we fought for a while to get off of our former record label, Wind-Up. Nothing personal against them, just they came right out and even said they didn’t really want to be in the metal business anymore. They wanted Drowning Pool but they didn’t want us to sound like Drowning Pool. So, it was just time for us to split ways, and we fought to do that for a while. We also ended up splitting ways with our management, too. We just decided that we wanted to start over with a completely fresh, clean slate. So, by doing that we didn’t have any backing whatsoever. So we went into the studio and we cut the album ourselves. We’d go up and play a show here or there every weekend if possible to help fund it. Yeah, we funded the album ourselves, and then used it to go shopping."[4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Full Circle"Drowning Pool3:18
2."Enemy"Drowning Pool3:26
3."Shame"Drowning Pool3:10
4."Reborn"Drowning Pool4:09
5."Reason I'm Alive"Sixx3:50
6."Soldiers"Drowning Pool3:31
7."Paralyzed"Drowning Pool3:42
8."Upside Down"Drowning Pool4:18
9."37 Stitches"Drowning Pool3:50
10."No More"Drowning Pool4:35
11."Love X2"Drowning Pool3:25
12."Duet"Drowning Pool3:21
13."Rebel Yell" (Billy Idol cover)Idol, Stevens4:22
Total length:49:04

PersonnelEdit

Drowning Pool
Production
  • Produced by Ben Schigel, Except "Reason I'm Alive" Produced by Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba
  • Recorded by Ben Schigel at January Sound Studio, Dallas, TX Assistant Engineer Tye Robison
  • Mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (except "Reason I'm Alive"; engineered by Mikal Blue)
  • Artwork by P.R. Brown
  • Live Photos by Michelle Overson
  • Executive Producer: Allan Kovac

ChartsEdit

Album
Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[5] 64
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[6] 7
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[7] 9
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[8] 19
Singles
Year Title Peak chart positions
US Mainstream Rock
2007 "Soldiers" 20
2007 "Enemy" 20
2008 "37 Stitches" 5
2009 "Shame" 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Full Circle - Drowning Pool". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Hasty, Katie (August 15, 2007). "After Five-Year Absence, UGK Scores First No. 1 Album". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Drowning Pool Schedules Washington D.C. Press Conference". Roadrunner Records. September 12, 2007. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "Drowning Pool Vocalist Ryan McCombs on Thieves Liars". Archived from the original on 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  5. ^ "Drowning Pool Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Drowning Pool Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Drowning Pool Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Drowning Pool Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 2, 2019.