I was listening to this new album by Disturbed and told my firends: ”I’m listening to the new Disturbed album and it sounds pretty good”. The immediate reply was: “well, there’s a sentence I haven’t heard in a while”. And to be fair, he did have a point! Although Disturbed are one of the most reliable acts in the rock/metal world, there has been a tendency of same old, same old here and there. This time around, they have taken a longer hiatus between the albums and I was a bit curious to know if that had made any difference.
From the start it is clear that this is a Disturbed album. After the instrumental intro we are off and it is a quite heavy but yet melodic journey. The vocals are, as always, 100% recognizable as David Draiman, you just know that it is him, although I cannot hear any trademark “wah-ah-ah” anywhere.
One song that stands out directly is a ballad. Not just any ballad either, it is a cover of Sound of Silence. I am not really sure what to say about that but in my ears it is not a perfect match. There are other, better songs on here. One example is Light, also a slower, softer song. Other than that I like What Are You Waiting For and Save Our Last Goodbye, with plenty of nice riffing to go around. Who is another good song and Never Wrong sounds like a classic Disturbed song.
Overall, I think there is a bit of a freshness and variation among the songs this time around, with some highs as well as some lows. This might not win them millions of new fans, but if you normally like Disturbed, this will go down a treat as well. For better or worse, they are back in business once again.