It's been a while since I was fervently listening to Disturbed
's music. Don't get me wrong, I like their music a lot, and they were one of the first bands I got into, I still lean towards music that I'm not familiar with to get me into new things. I know that I'm still a Disturbed
fan because, at any given time, I can get into listening to Disturbed
. Just today, I bought the 10th anniversary of the Sickness
in colored vinyl. It was great hearing those songs again; they brought back a lot of memories. Now, because of the new Disturbed
album that's on its way, I'm reviewing The Sickness
's debut album.
is, compared with Disturbed
âs more recent albums like Ten Thousand Fists
, is more primal and simplistic, but that doesnât prevent it from being heavier and probably the most diverse Disturbed
album released so far. It opens up with Voices
, which has become one of my favorite Disturbed
songs, and continues on from there. Quickly the album sets itself apart from the other Nu Metal bands around by having a unique front man, David Draiman, who can do a lot more with his vocals than have a soft tone and a scream. At this point in their career, Disturbed
's hilight was definitely Draiman. He adds a lot of interest into the songs by having a great vocal range, and, unlike the other Nu Metal frontman Corey Taylor
of Slipknot, he can actually perform live. Another thing Iâve always liked about this album is the way the songs can make you feel. Theyâre strong and get you pumped up (âThe Game
â is a good example of what I mean) and even though the songs have a simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus pattern, devoid of guitar solos, thereâs still a certain appeal to this album that I love. Best of all, The Sickness
doesnât fall into the Nu Metal crowd with songs about how bad your life is and sit around whining. It concentrates more in strengths rather than weaknesses and trivialities of every day teen life.
Some of the better songs in this album include Voices
(âare you breathing, do the wicked see YOU?â), Violence Fetish
(though it desperately needs a solo somewhere in there), and Numb (it doesnât need to be fast to be heavy). The weaker songs are âWantâ (nothing interesting really happens in it) and âConflictâ (again, not much going on, but I do like that quiet interlude around 3:03 because it shows that a slow and quiet section can really make the song feel more interesting). Now, since I am reviewing the 2010 edition, letâs talk about the bonus songs. Iâve heard both of them before, so I knew what they were like before buying the vinyl. They were originally B-Sides, so naturally they arenât as good as the rest of Disturbed
âs stuff. God
of the Mind is cool at first, but itâs blatantly repetitive and just doesnât pack that much of a punch, musically or otherwise. A Welcome Burden is better, although it is considerably slower. Again, it doesnât do to much. So those bonus songs really arenât too big of an improvement; I personally think the album is better when it ends with âMeaning of Lifeâ, but thatâs just my opinion.
So, thatâs my review of Disturbed
âs debut. Not my favorite brand of music, but it still has a crunch that reminds me of Rammstein
âs first album. It really is quite different than the other Disturbed
albums, and I recommend it to any Disturbed
fan that hasnât heard it yet. I still enjoy listening to this album, (it sounds great on my record player) and I get nostalgic memories from when I first heard Disturbed
whenever I listen to it.