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Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists (7/10) - USA - 2005

Genre: Nu-Metal
Label: Reprise Records
Playing time: 56:22
Band homepage: Disturbed

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
Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists

I’m normally not much of friend to Nu Metal. In fact, I find the majority of it either really annoying or really boring. But, as is the case with most genres I don’t care much for, there are a few artists I can tolerate and even like a bit. DISTURBED is one of those, along with MUDVAYNE and NONPOINT. And on “Ten Thousand Fists”, DISTURBED seems to be making an attempt at appealing to the Real Metal crowd.

 

Vocalist David Draiman is using a bit more of his range and, at times, his vocals really soar. I assume he’s trying to make good on his comments from a few months ago, when he compared himself to Halford and Dickinson (though he doesn’t come close, of course). I applaud him for the effort nonetheless. Guitarist Dan Donegan has begun to break out of the Nu Metal mold of simple chugging by adding solos to several of the songs, including “Stricken” and “Forgiven”. Drummer Mike Wengren breaks out the double bass on “Guarded” and “Avarice” and fill-in bass player, John Moyer, even gets to shine on the TOOL-like “Overburdened”.

 

Other tracks of note include the Eastern-influenced title track and the cover of GENESIS’s “Land Of Confusion”, where Draiman does his best Phil Collins impersonation.

 

“Ten Thousand Fists” is DISTURBED’s most mature offering to date, providing a seamless mix of their two releases. While it is still Nu Metal, there are Real Metal elements to be found. So open-minded Metalheads may find something worthy here. “Ten Thousand Fists” is not outstanding, but still pretty good. (Online September 11, 2006)

Eric Vieth



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