Trees Deep Ellum –  The 7th annual Toys for Tots featured Dallas’s own Drowning Pool headlining a special event to collect toys for needy children in the area.  It was a night full of Christmas cheer with heavy metal fans lined out the door with unwrapped toys. A small brigade of Marines were on hand greeting and mingling with fans while receiving toys for children in need for Christmas. This wasn’t just for the mosh pit, beers, and metal for these fans, it was about giving back.

While a small mosh pit swirled most of the night with opening acts Mothership and Adakain, the entire floor turned into a pit once DP took the stage. Jasen Moreno hits the stage challenging the crowd to rock, starting off with “Step Up” a song from their 2004 “Punisher” album.


DSC_7199-EditC.J. Pierce, lead guitarist, mesmerizes the crowd with his looks and smiling antics while bassist Stevie Benton hammers at the bass with his more serious grunge look. Drummer Mike Luce is heavy on the sticks and engages the crowd between songs. They all put on a heavy-hitting and precise performance without missing a beat.

DSC_7224-EditDrowning Pool, a national act started in Dallas, Texas, back in 1996 has experienced many changes over the years. Most notable was the loss of the original lead singer Dave Williams in 2002. After all these years and 4 albums later, DP has finally stabilized with lead singer Jasen Moreno and will soon release their 5th LP “Hellelujah”.

Fans enjoyed hearing Drowning Pool’s hit single “Bodies”, which help put DP on the map. This song also became the mosh pit anthem over the years and closed a great evening of metal.