Dark, driving and heavy are just a few words to describe the music you will find on Disturbed albums. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, the heavy metal quartet burst onto the music scene with their debut album “The Sickness” in 2000. The album immediately gained recognition, catapulting the band into the limelight. “The Sickness” peaked at number 29 on the Billboard music charts. Four more albums followed, and thanks to the success of their first album, each debuted at number one on the charts. One of heavy metal and hard rock’s most consistent bands, Disturbed never seem to disappoint with each outing.
- “The Sickness”. Opening with the track “Voices,” Disturbed’s debut album introduces you to a new chapter in the history of heavy metal. All the ingredients for a stellar metal album are present. Thick, crunching guitars slice through heavy bass lines and explosive percussions. Tracks like “Stupify” and “Down with the Sickness” display the amazing duality of David Draiman’s vocals. Soaring and powerful one moment, growling and razor-sharp the next, Draiman navigates the band’s freshman release with “golden god” confidence. Album standouts include an updated cover of the Tears For Fears classic “Shout,” “Fear,” and “Droppin’ Plates.”
- “Believe”. Avoiding the “sophomore curse” that usually plagues bands that have such successful debut albums, Disturbed’s second album only helps to secure the band’s place amongst metal’s heavyweights. Songs like “Prayer,” “Remember,” and “Believe” show a growth in songwriting while sticking with the formula that makes the band’s music enjoyable. Chock full of fire and brimstone, Disturbed pull no punches on their second offering, delivering blast after blast of great metal. The album closes with a quiet, melodic song featuring Draiman’s voice, softened and almost sweet, singing over an acoustic guitar and a flutter of piano keys. “Darkness” is a nice cool down after the intense battering of this amazing album.
- “Ten Thousand Fists”. “People can no longer cover their eyes. If this disturbs you, then walk away. You will remember the night you were struck by the sight of ten thousand fists in the air.” With those lyrics, Disturbed announce their return with this monster of a third album. Never missing a step, the band keeps up the barrage of heavy guitar-driven metal. Draiman’s lyrics focus heavily on politics and the state of world affairs on songs such as “Ten Thousand Fists,” “Deify,” and “Sons of Plunder.” And to compliment the album’s theme, “Ten Thousand Fists” features a superb rendition of the Genesis classic, “Land of Confusion.” This album is yet another impressive outing from the Chicago quartet.
- “Indestructible”. The first single from Disturbed's fourth album, “Inside the Fire,” is the first time David Draiman touches on the subject of a past girlfriend’s suicide. According to the lead singer, “It’s about me standing over the body of my girlfriend, who just killed herself, and the Devil is standing over me, whispering in my ear to kill myself.” The song also assures fans of Disturbed that the band has no plans in slowing down. Driving and powerful, “Indestructible” contains notable tracks such as the “The Night,” “Perfect Insanity,” and “Torn.” There’s no cool down on this album, though. “Façade” kicks off with a galloping double bass and heavy, chugging guitars, and doesn’t let up until the final cymbal crash.
- “Asylum”. The opening track, “Remnants,” is a slow, moody instrumental that slowly builds from eerie ambient synths to wailing electric guitar leads. The songs seamlessly transitions into the explosive second track, “Asylum,” with the insidious laughter of the band’s front man. Having touched on his feelings with his past girlfriend’s suicide on Disturbed’s last album, Draiman focuses many of “Asylum’s” songs on the traumatic part of his life. “Another Way to Die” and “The Infection” are songs that continue to showcase the band’s signature sound, while revealing a continued growth in songwriting. Disturbed show they can still have fun, too, with a cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For."