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Old 04-26-2006, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Disturbed

9/20/2005

Tracklist:
1.Ten Thousand Fists
2.Just Stop
3.Guarded
4.Deify
5.Stricken
6.I'm Alive
7.Sons Of Plunder
8.Overburdened
9.Decadence
10.Forgiven
11.Land Of Confusion
12.Sacred Lie
13.Pain Redefined
14.Avarice


Nu-metal act Disturbed comes back with their third release in six years. Their first was The Sickness (2000), which was entertaining for maybe a one time listen, but extreme repetitiveness kept it from being anything that people would listen to more than just once in a while. Believe (2002) was an improvement over The Sickness with greatly improved musicianship, including some great lines from former bassist Fuzz. However, that album still failed from many songs being fairly weak, and was still slightly repetitive. In 2005 Disturbed returned with a promise of having a spectacular album that would unite the peoples, to stand up against anything that threatened them. It sounded promising, but would all the hype end up disappointing with an album that once again suffered from too many weak songs? The answer is in fact no. Disturbed fulfill the promise they made, creating a record full of angst. Angst is most likely a word that some would cringe at, expecting something that would reminisce of bands such as Linkin Park, or Papa Roach, two highly overrated nu-metal acts, not here though. This is an almost hour-long, mature record that has obviously been developed with care, lyrically, as well as musically.

Two major things have changed for Disturbed since the release of Believe.The first is the fact that bassist Fuzz is no longer a member of the band. He left right before the band started recording Ten Thousand Fists. With his departure, something else was lost; Fuzzís wonderful bass lines are no longer a part of Disturbed, and are rather simple, particularly evident on political rager Deify. This is something old fans of Disturbed will most likely not be happy with, but sadly will have to deal with that fact for this record. The second huge change that is noticeable on this record is the fact that axe man Dan Donegan has included soloing into his repertoire, plainly evident on the second single Stricken. This is actually perhaps of the fact that Fuzz is gone, and Dan felt the need to step up. Will, he made a wise choice, as all of the solos he has on this record are all superb.

The second single, Stricken, features Dan Donegan at perhaps his best. For the most part he plays basic straightforward riffing, but his solo is stellar, and the best one on the whole album. The entire song just pulls together with the drums, and guitar working with Davidís voice, which showcases some of his best vocal work ever. ďYou walk on like a women in suffering. Wonít even bother now to tell me why. You come alone, letting all of us savor the moment. Leaving me broken, another time. When he opens the song up with that verse you can tell this was a wise choice to be a single. The title track Ten Thousand Fists was an overly hyped song by several magazines, and the band themselves as an classic anthem that is dedicated to the fans of Disturbed who buy their albums. Well obviously one would expect great things of the song, but it fails to deliver. Itís not a bad song, but it is like most of Disturbedís other works, and fails differentiate anything special about it. If any track on the album meets the hype both the media, and the band themselves gave Ten Thousand Fists, that would be Iím Alive.

Iím Alive is easily the best song Disturbed have ever written, and is the anthem that the title track should be, and is equally representative of the whole album with the message of rising up from oppression. Upon hearing the chorus, many would mark that as one of the most memorable things that Disturbed have ever done. ďThe thing I treasure most in life, can not be taken away. There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your read lies. To change myself, Iíd rather die, no they will not understand. I will make the greatest sacrifice. You canít predict where the outcome lies; youíll never take me alive. It is catchy, but also full of anger, and defiance at the same time. This song is another example that David Draimanís voice is the main highlight of the band. Plus, Disturbed cover the Genesis song Land Of Confusion, which they turn into something that would easily sound like something they would write, both musically, and lyrically. One song that sticks out lyrically is Sons Of Plunder. David basically attacks bands that only write songs to become a hit to the point where it ďdoesnít have any soulĒ.

Ten Thousand Fists has many great things going for it. Davidís voice is at the top of his game. Hardly any songs would qualify as filler. The whole concept of the album being about rising up, and not being pushed around works within Davidís well-written lyrics. Mike Wengren has nice drum fills, and Dan Donegan has finally stepped up to the plate with the inclusion of a few nice solos on some songs. The only bad things about the album is that Fuzz is gone, as well as his groovy bass lines, and the disappointing title track, which was supposed to be the ďanthemĒ of the album. This is an excellent album, but it may take some to listen more than once to fully appreciate it.

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Old 05-05-2006, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent review and has made me check out "I’m Alive." I'll get back to ya when I listen to it. I used to like some Disurbed songs, in particular: "Remember," but I got sick of Draiman's voice.

Edit: yeah, it's a great track, but I don't think I'll buy/download the album.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Another good review Kripes...Keep it up
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Old 05-05-2006, 05:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bloody good review mate. I bought this album for my sister for christmas, she's right into them, and also just went to a concert of theirs. "Best time of my life".

I haven't heard the album really, I got bored with them after 10 listens of Believe and then haven't found the desire to listen to them again. I honestly think they are a solid band, as much as I try to steer clear of nu-metal, but like most nu-metal acts theres no real substance to keep you addicted. It's all hard hitting but once that rush wears off, you're left hanging.
Disturbed have good musicians, I wish they'd push the boundary's a little more though, lyrically and conceptually.
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Old 05-05-2006, 06:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I really like the album. If I didn't know the Album after your review I would go out and get it. It was really good. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-31-2006, 04:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nice review dude. i love the album, even though the old ones were better.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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great cd........glad they made it.
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this album. Love the vocals, guitar sounds, excellent album!
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Old 06-24-2006, 08:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I love Disturbed, though I only have their album Believe I was thinking of getting this one the other day but it was 25 bucks, so I said I go a Rise Against album instead.

Anyways, I'm hopefully getting it very soon because it sounds excellent BTW great review
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I hate this ****ing band.
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