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Drowning Pool has officially announced fellow Texan Jasen Moreno as the band's new singer. Moreno began working with the group in the studio this past spring, after the departure of vocalist Ryan McCombs at the end of 2011, and recently made his live debut with the band at some low-key club shows. In a statement, Moreno said, "I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the Drowning Pool family. Everyone's been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can't praise them enough. They've made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn't have gone any better!"
Guitarist C.J. Pierce added, "It's been a pleasure working with Jasen. He's everything we hoped for in a singer and he jumped right in, stepped up to the plate and got straight to work. Jasen has brought not only a new voice but a new fire to the Drowning Pool sound and we can't wait to share the new music with everyone."
Pierce told us a short time ago -- after the band began recording but before Moreno's identity was revealed -- that he was thrilled with the way things were going for the group: "Man, I just can't wait to get the new music out, you know. We're in a great place, I've never been happier, songwriting's never been easier, when you have the right group of guys together. It's fun to see Mike (Luce, drums) and Stevie (Benton, bass) having fun with it again. And you know, when you're excited and you're happy about it, everything just flows, you know. The writing process just flows, as it should."
Drowning Pool's fifth studio album, its first with Moreno, is due out in early 2013. The album was recorded in New Jersey and will be finished in Dallas.
Moreno made his live debut as a member of the band on Sunday, July 8th at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
McCombs sang on two studio efforts by Drowning Pool, 2007's Full Circle and 2010's self-titled fourth album.
Original frontman Dave Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band's debut, Sinner. He was replaced by Jason "Gong" Jones, who also contributed to one record, Desensitized, before being shown the door in 2004.