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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Disturbed's new album: hopes and concerns

Disturbed's new album is dropping next week, and I'm not sure if I'm more concerned or excited for it.  On the one hand, it's Disturbed, and they're fairly dependable when it comes to good hard rock.  They can be formulaic, but it's a formula that works, and David Draiman's vocals are always superb.

On the other hand, from the tracks I've heard so far, there's nothing too special about this album.  "Another Way to Die" (below) comes off very preachy and lyrically blunt, and sounds like every song on Ten Thousand Fists, while Asylum sounds more like something off The Sickness but still doesn't do anything to really keep my attention.  Maybe my musical tastes are changing, maybe Disturbed is just staying the same too much.

One positive that I've heard, especially considering that I'll likely be seeing them live when the Uproar festival comes to town on October 4th, is that their live show has gotten even better on this tour.  Utilizing massive LCD screens and more pyrotechnics than a monster truck rally, early reviews of Disturbed's live show are very impressive.  So I'm definitely looking forward to the live performance, if not the CD.

This is the video for "Another Way to Die," which despite sharp visuals and high production value, adds little to a song that is, in my opinion, rather boring to begin with:

Do you agree with my take on Disturbed?  Think I'm an elitist dick that can't tell a good song when he hears one?  Let me know in the comments.


  1. At the very least, the album art is cool.

  2. I should specify: I have nothing against the album as a whole (because I haven't heard it) and I would give Another Way to Die a B-. On top of that, despite the preachiness (sp?), the video did reignite my second biggest fear of lack of water in the future--I'm hoping I'm dead before water becomes scarce :).