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This was the first album I bought as well as the Second Album released by the Nu - metal band Disturbed and features their first single Prayer. The album is the home to twelve songs all of which offer some insight into the talent and capability of the band. The album was released in 2002 and was a stepping stone for Disturbed who have since produced a number of albums all of which getting increasingly better. Being their second album, it could be said that the band were playing it safe with a mixture of slower songs and some heavier, but not too heavy to put off the desired audience. Disturbed are renowned in the metal genre and any metal fan are sure to of heard of them. This album is a great start for any metal fan wanting to explore new artists. With songs such as Liberate and Intoxication living up to the genre and others such as Prayer and Believe being "softer" a great all round album with superb guitar rifts and solos with unique vocals. A great way to continue their career and a good way to get into the genre.
After hearing their first album and remembering two songs, Voices and Stupify in particular, I decided to this, which was at that point their latest offering.
The big song from this album came from the explosive Prayer and it is indeed one of the best here. It is about how David is losing or has lost his faith in God, the lyrics are crisp and concise and the thunderous guitar riff fits perfectly.
Intoxication is another song that stands out due to it's fast guitar and drums combination. Draiman's vocals are imposing and frenetic, the lyrics impact and the hook doesn't allow the momentum of the song to subside even briefly.
What is something of a definite contrast to these two songs is the sombre softly sung Darkness which illustrates that he can sing very convincingly when he tones things down.
The emphasis for this album is on heavy rock laden riffs which contrast with the relatively soft vocals of David Draiman. It is usually only during the hooks where he places more force on his vocals and this is surprising given the tone of the Sickness.
Draiman manages to pen thought provoking verses which capture his own sense of hopelessness, inner turmoil and bitterness.
If you like fast heavy tempo guitar riffs and songs with plenty of all round tempo from the singer to, then you will enjoy this album. There are certainly no particularly bad songs from the 12 songs on this album.
However there is a downside to this album because while the riffs certainly sound impressive, there is not a lot of variation and therefore while I can't state that you won't be able to identify one from another, they are certainly similar in tone. While having energy, some of the songs lack in direction and sound a little empty of heart and soul.
It's a good album and certainly an improvement on the Sickness but it could have been a lot better
In 2002 the Metal band Disturbed came with "Believe" as their second album to follow directly on from the success which came as they came with "The Sickness" as their debut Nu-Metal offering in 2000 as David Draiman once again takes control and leads them to come with more high-energy material.
The album gets underway in a powerful manner as they jump right into some rough material and what was the first single from this album where the content of the music concentrates around hardships in the Draiman's life (most notably the passing of his grandfather and the events of 9/11 as he comes with his half-raps, half-sung approach as he performs a prayer for a strong opening piece to the album.
Things move on as they move into another single and they make a massive impact as they get down to an experimental track which seems to really fit in with expectations of the band as they try to incorporate a variety of themes through the music to accompany the wide range of musical influences to come up with a hardcore track to keep up the high-energy which is often prevalent in their stuff.
This track seems to just burst out without any sort of prior warning and I felt that this was a strength in it as it allowed them to take listeners by surprise and unleash a raw tune to force them into their world. It is a banger of a tune from them as they allow the lead singer to just get loose with it as they unleash an empowering tune, which seems to work off the hype of the heavy drum line and Dan Donegan's guitar work.
The titular track to the album wasn't one of the singles to it, but I felt that it was one of the biggest tunes on the album as it sees them coming out with a song which seems to incorporate all the sorts of things which made their debut so big and also gets them refining their sound to match with the trends of the time (but to also move things on a bit to show that they still have a lot of originality in their music).
With this one they come with a dingy and grungy composition to take things to another level and I felt that it was really valued as you see that with it they are able to experiment even more. Much of this comes from the way that they use Donegan's riff as it doesn't guitar riff as it initially comes across as conventional, but suddenly takes on an erratic and unpredictable turn and takes a white longer to really feel.
This is a cluttered track and is a rather intense one form the band as they come out with a track which has them blazing through with an energetic display to power-out with another with seems to carry on all of the things which led to their initial surge in popularity when they dropped hits such as "Down With The Sickness", "Voices" and "The Game" with their first album to show that they are appealing to those who prefer they slight changes (rather than significant ones).
This is a song on the album which appears to undermine a lot of what happened at earlier stages in the album as they way that this one is composed has them taking on a format which seems to get them taking on something rather generic for them, but in fact is moulded to take on a style so that it is a lot more appealing to mainstream listeners, and this becomes extremely apparent in the vocals and specifically the arrangement in them.
In an attempt to recover from the fakeness of what came on the track prior to this one, you get a raw tune from them where they get back to the sort of typical stuff which you expect to get form them to show that it was only a momentary lapse from them and they aren't actually attempting to gradually work to that sort of thing with this album. It is arranged in an appealingly progressive manner and it leads o a big tunes being created.
They try out a few new things with this one as you hear them greeting listeners with wah-wahs in this one to show that their are really experimenting with this album and are seeing where they can take their sound. I felt that it was one which had the potential to do big things, but it didn't really ever reach the places where it wanted to be as they try out something new for the first time and nearly get it.
The pounding drumming from Mike Wengren is something which sets this track up to be a killer tune from the get-go as you see that from the simple display that they are down for a big change and they are going to come out with a banger of a jam to appeal to those who enjoy the intense pieces which take things a little step further than what is expected to a very strong effect as they lay out one of their biggest tunes.
They come with a cold one here and I felt that it was a nice inclusion to the album as it finds that they delve into new places with this one by trying out a track which has them using the typical things in their music and using them in an adapted manner to come out with more music which sees changes in what they are capable of, but once again it felt as though they were trying a bit too hard to implement too many new things at once and so it never really took off.
The album ends on a song which really takes things to a completely new place for the band as you find that they come out with a song which has them dropping all the Hard Rock and Metal in exchange for a cold Rock ballad which is based on acoustics. It is something which doesn't suit my tastes at all and I felt that it took from what they were best at to come out with a poor closing recording that I'm sure no one expected to hear.
His album is clearly not up to the stand that came of the highly-consistent debut from them and it sounded like a step down as although for the first half they kept to expectations and dropped lots of heavy tunes, towards the end they tried out a few newer things and basically flopped on most of them to lost what most enjoyed about their music in the first place.
Disc #1 Tracklisting