Disturbed’s quest to “Secure a legacy that will never die”, remorselessly exclaimed during the title track of their sixth album, has, surely, already been achieved over a fifteen year recording career that has seen them outsell all but a handful of their contemporaries, and with a stellar canon under their belt. But as they “feed on domination”, they’re back to prove that, despite a hiatus of five years, they’re still the top dogs.
No mistake is being made here: Immortalized (Warners/Reprise) further cements their status as pack masters of mainstream metal. There are few surprises, a tweaking and refinement here and there, an absence of “Wah-ah-ah-oh”’s, but Disturbed are back at bat and swinging for the fences with the same World Series winning technique and bluster they’ve always had, armed with a consistent and strong collection of anthems, an assembly that serves to showcase the best of everything they’ve had to offer throughout their career.
As cock-of-the-walk with inflated chest puffed out, assured, this is a release that shows strength in depth by having a tail that wags as strong as the top order hits and there is an excellence in simplistic execution prevalent throughout. Songs are punctuated by unashamed chugged fist-pump and head-bang inducing riffs, syncopated verses are rhythmically and melodically strong, bridges lift and escalate songs to powerfully delivered choruses that open out to epic anthems as, in a lot of ways, Disturbed call to mind Manowar in terms of style and structure. Tracks are based around the succinct pounding rhythmic guitaring of Dan Donegan with great vocals (and vocal lines) raising each track to the rafters. While the rhythm section may dependably underpin, once again, David Draiman is the star, his distinctive tones and melodies firing this album up.
Whereas Asylum and especially Indestructible (both Reprise) had a tendency at times to sound a bit rote and by numbers, when the melodious ‘The Light’ rolls in, ‘Open Your Eyes’ – a festival anthem in the making, crafted for a sea of voices to join in as (ten thousand) fists fill the air – stirs, the dark metallic ‘Save Our Last Goodbye’ powers by, ‘What You Waiting For’ lurches and bounces, ‘Never Wrong’ gets down with The Sickness (Giant/Reprise) and the piano-led inspired cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ brings gravitas and a change of emotion, all under the controlling voice of Draiman, this is an album with depth, angles and shades at each turn, all while remaining undeniably and unashamedly Disturbed.
And that’s without taking account of the more straight-forward stadium metal belters of ‘Who’, ‘The Vengeful One’ or the title track…
If they do indeed feed on domination, then there should be some full and sated bellies.
Disturbed, who are releasing their comeback album Immortalized (Warner Bros.) on August 21st have booked a headline tour of the US for next winter/spring. With more tour dates worldwide pending, the band have also booked a record release show for next Friday night in their hometown of Chicago at the House of Blues.
Disturbed tour dates:
Aug 21: House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Mar 11: Commodore Ballroom- Vancouver, BC
Mar 12: The Showbox – Seattle, WA
Mar 14: Roseland- Portland, OR
Mar 16: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Mar 17: The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Mar 20: House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
Mar 23: House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar 24: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar 25: House Of Blues- New Orleans, LA
Mar 27: Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Mar 29: House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
Mar 30: The National- Richmond, VA
Apr 01: Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
Apr 02: Theater Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 04: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 05: Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
Apr 07: St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Apr 08: Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 10: New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Disturbed announced today their new single, their first new music since 2011. ‘The Vengeful One’ was teased on the Disturbed website as well as the bands’ social media networks in recent days. Directed by Phil Mucci, you can watch the video at this link or below:
The track comes off of the anticipated new album Immortalized due out on August 21st. The band had been rumored to be in the studio record, but gave little in the way of hints or updates. Fans an pre-order the new album now at iTunes and also exclusive bundles. The following message was posted by the band:
The hiatus is over. Over the past year, we’ve been secretly writing and recording a brand new album. Today, we are excited to share a new song called “The Vengeful One” along with a new music video. It’s off our upcoming album called “Immortalized,” which will be released on August 21, and is available for pre-order today. This album had the arduous task of, in some way, justifying the hiatus; giving the fans something that made it worth our time away from one another. We hope that it succeeds in that task. Thank you for staying with us over the years.