Well, everyone’s favorite ‘sell-outs’, DISTURBED are back once again. Now whether or not you consider the band Metal or even good is within the eye of the beholder, but as a Metalhead that has followed the band since their debut album, “The Sickness”, I felt inclined to give this, their fourth album, a good solid listen and review. “Indestructible” has the band reincorporating some of the elements that made their debut album such a success.
I’ll give it to DISTURBED though, most bands that rise to fame as quickly as DISTURBED did tend to burn out in their own limelight, but this band truly seems to be ‘indestructible’ at this point in their career, as they roll out a very solid release. As I stated above the band are involving some elements that we haven’t heard in almost a decade. Back are very prominent synthesizers in the album (we heard touches of this on their last album) and there is a very dark undertone to the entire album that pleases me to no end. Is it angry like “The Sickness”? Absolutely not. “Indestructible” is just plain darker then their last few releases, which seems to work out well with the band.
The band is on top of their performances more than ever before with David Draimen pushing his vocals even further with his singing and his range. It’s amazing how much he has matured in his performance values. But most surprisingly is the addition to solos to almost every track on the album. “The Night” in particular has a pretty bad ass solo that most Nu Metal bands would never have touched in the early 2000s. And it’s nice to hear a better blend of the riffs and melodies for the band. There are still some of those very killer riffs but they continue to use the melody that the band has become known for in the last few years.
And yet one of the strangest aspects of “Indestructible” is the fact that the album actually gets better as it continues on. Most bands want the first 3 tracks to be the best on the album but believe it or not – most of the better tracks come after the half way point. Including a very harsh “Divide” that I foresee as a live staple for the band for a long time down the road.
So obviously, as a DISTURBED fan I was instantly pleased with this release. The band continue on where they left off with “Ten Thousand Fists” and push their music in a darker, faster, and generally angrier direction that is going to have those long term fans very happy while keeping enough melody and catchiness to retain those fans that came later with their radio hits. A definite buy for any fans of DISTURBED.
Songs to check out: “Inside The Fire”, “Torn”, “Divide”.
(Online June 23, 2008)