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Band Name Disturbed (USA-1)
Album Name Asylum
Type Album
Released date 31 August 2010
Music StyleNu Metal
Members owning this album370


1. Remnants 02:43
2. Asylum 04:36
3. The Infection 04:08
4. Warrior 03:24
5. Another Way to Die 04:13
6. Never Again 03:33
7. The Animal 04:13
8. Crucified 04:36
9. Serpentine 04:09
10. My Child 03:18
11. Sacrifice 04:00
12. Innocence 04:31
13. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2 Cover) 05:26
Bonustracks (Deluxe Edition)
14. Leave It Alone 04:07
15. Down with the Sickness (Live) 05:53
16. Stricken (Live) 04:17
17. Dissected / Down with the Sickness (Video)
18. Dissected / Stupify (Video)
Total playing time 52:50

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Disturbed (USA-1)

Review @ InfinityZero

07 October 2010
Disturbed is the reason I'm a metalhead. Their music did to me exactly what Disturbed wants it to do to fans: it makes me feel great, and back when I got the bejesus bullied out of me, I could listen to Disturbed and be able to pull myself together. In that way, Disturbed was really helpful to me. Disturbed is just as important to me now as they were then, although I'm proud to say I no longer get bullied by every prick wearing a 50 Cent hoodie and saggy jeans. Disturbed know how to communicate with their fans, and have consistently released pretty good albums, (Believe, Indestructible) and awesome albums (The Sickness, 10,000 Fists), each album with plenty of moments that make me feel like I'm able to knock down houses. This time, though, they've come out with an album that just barely scratches the metal genre. For the first time in my life, Disturbed have dissapointed me.

First off, let me just say that I don't like feeling like I've been deceived. I feel like this album, excluding the intro and title track, has deceived me, and mostly it's because of the album artwork. Look at it. It's vicious, it's agressive, it's right in your fucking face. I thought this album was gonna be a more progressive, well-constructed version of The Sickness. Heavy, hard-hitting... but it isn't. Of course, I never expected every song to be heavy or cutthroat; I knew there would be a few softies on this album. I did expect it to at least be a heavy metal album, though, and it just isn't. Now, while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, because I know a lot of bands who have transitioned from the heaviest metal around to being soft, slow and thoughtful, and I felt that they pulled it off magnificently. (Empyrium, Ulver, etc). This album doesn't seem to be the softest Disturbed album for experimental reasons, it feels soft because of marketing. That's just it. This is an easily marketable album.

Starting off the album, I just want to say that I love the first two tracks. Originally, Disturbed wanted to make the first 2 tracks be Asylum, but they seperated the instrumental intro section from the meat of the song, and let me just say that this pumped me up in a way that reminded me of my earliest metal experiences with Disturbed, Rammstein, and Powerman 5000. Not only that, but Disturbed has never gone so long in an album without using vocals. It lets the music reverberate, breathe, and grow on you before anything even starts. I felt that Disturbed was defenitely keeping their promise to deliver a darker album. After the synths finish, an acoustic guitar comes in, followed shortly with an electric guitar power ballad (WAY TO GO Disturbed!). Then the song kicks in, and I'm going insane with the anticipation. This album is gonna make up for Indestructible. I might even like it more than The Sickness. Let me tell you that this song doesn't dissapoint. Solos, bass interludes, great drumming, great lyrics. And the energy. This is what I got into Disturbed for. That feeling of adrenaline that makes you feel like breaking through brick walls... and no part of the song is weak. It's great. And after hearing it, I knew this album was gonna be amazing. God do I wish I had been right.

The next song, The Infection, comes in with a heavy enough riff, bouncy, upbeat, but it's a pretty cool riff. And then, 20 seconds into it, the song breaks off, and it's like I was listening to my ipod and shuffled the songs by accident. The song suddenly transforms into a rock song, soft vocals, soft everything. I'm a little confused that the song just turned into something else so suddenly, but I don't care. I love songs like Overburdened, Remember and Darkness by Disturbed, and I was sure I would like this one. It's a really nice song, perfect for holding up a lighter and swaying with the music... and I think, "Wow, this album is only on the third song and already there's a lot of range." There's a nice long solo section in there, followed again by the chorus. Despite the mainstream rock feel to it, I still enjoy the song. When the song ends, the album is pretty much over. It really pains me to say this, but by the end of the third song, the album runs out of fuel, which to me is a huge letdown. There are one or two good songs after this, but the rest are either generic, or they feel like they've been done before. And after The Infection, every chorus to every song feels very, very similar. It feels like a new song has started, and a good example of this is the choruses to Warrior and Another Way to Die. It feels really out of place, and, most importantly... I don't feel much listening to these songs. Another Way to Die would have been pretty good if it hadn't been for the chorus, too. I really don't like it when some little thing like that wrecks a song that would have been great otherwise. It's wierdly upbeat, too, for a chorus talking about us ravaging our planet earth, and DYING.

Aside from a few gems, there just isn't very much emotional punch, either. Sad, happy, angry, none of these emotions really come across. Yes, I'm saying this album comes off as bland. Individually and out of context, every song is alright. Some are good, Asylum is awesome, and that's about it. Not to mention that every chorus after track 3 has that syrupy-sweet feel to it. That's 9 songs with choruses that take the same tone. That isn't good. To make this worse, at the end of at least half of the songs, the chorus is sung twice in a row, to put emphasis on it.

Another thing that bugs me is the impression that Disturbed has repeated themselves. This only occurs on a few songs, but it just bothers me to no end. Let me explain what I'm talking about. The opening guitar riff in 'The Animal' sounds a Hell of a lot like the beginning of the guitar solo in Disturbed's cover of 'Land of Confusion'. Check it out yourself and tell me I'm wrong. Also, the riff at 2:45 in 'Innocence' sounds like the riff in 'Warrior' when Draiman starts singing: "Broken down till your hope has died/Beat down till victory's mine". And I defy you to listen to the part where David starts singing in 'Cricified' and tell me it doesn't sound like when he starts singing in 'Torn' from Disturbed's album Indestructible. My mind actually tricks me into thinking David's gonna start singing the chorus to Torn every time I listen to Crucified.

Now, about the bonus material. I bought the deluxe edition, with different packaging, a few bonus songs, and... A 75-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON Disturbed. While I don't care much for the 'bonus' songs (just Disturbed's 2 biggest songs, 'Stricken' and Down with The Sickness' played live), I really like the documentary. It shows everything Disturbed has done as a band, from forming Brawl all the way to the recording of Asylum. This alone makes the bonus edition worth getting. If you're a Disturbed fan, you'll love it.

So, while the album is not bad, it's still really dissapointing for a Disturbed album. Remember that I'm okay with a band who wants to try a softer album, but when it comes off flat, with no emotional punch and just not many interesting moments... it isn't the soft that comes off well. Asylum just feels like a toned-down, accessible metal album, and whatever agression there is (outside of the title track) just sounds very average. The instrumentation is great, though. We get to hear a lot of cool guitar work, some soloing, and that drummer... God, Mike Wengren's drums in this album are really, REALLY good. In fact, it's enjoyable to just put on Asylum and put all of your focus on the drumming. David Draimans vocals are great, too, although as this is a softer album, he uses his soft vocals 80% of the time. Songs that I like the most are Asylum, (I already explained that one enough) The Infection, and Serpentine, which are the two songs where the softer approach works. I still have not lost hope in Disturbed. I feel that they can still make great albums... all the evidence for Disturbed being capable of making great stuff is right in the title track. Let me just say that Disturbed has done MUCH better in the past.


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Demogorefest - 08 October 2010: i used to be a HUGE Disturbed fan back when i just started getting into metal, i can safely say that 10,000 fists is probly the first "metal" album i listened. it was also the first album i ever bought. over time though, i sorta "outgrew" them though
InfinityZero - 08 October 2010: To Demogorefest, does it surprise you that I'm still into Disturbed? xD I dunno, I just feel like I can't forget the bands that got me started, and while it isn't like I completely ignore when Disturbed does something I don't like, I still hang around and listen to their new material the first chance I get. I know what it's like to grow out of liking a band though.
Demogorefest - 11 October 2010: yeah man, it doesn't surprise me at all, i still have their first 3 albums (actually, i think i sold the Sickness awhile back, not sure though). i tried listening to "Believe" again, but it just didn't "do it" for me. i was kinda hoping i'd get back into em. "I'm Alive" is still probly my favorite song by en though
InfinityZero - 11 October 2010: Well, I saw them live and that helped rekindle my interest in the band; it was incredible. My favorites are Voices, Overburdened, Hell, stuff like that.
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Review @ Within_Hysteria

10 October 2010
Since his birth, The NEO never made the unanimity. On the one hand, judged too soft or weak by someones, or even completely denied by others, this style have nevertheless known how to make a place relatively important in the Metal ranks for himself.
Many groups are frequently ignored just because they play such kind of music. Rare are those who knew how to please the large public in the world of Metal, we can quote KORN, DEFTONES, SOAD...
Disturbed belong also to them.

After the excellent « Ten Thousand Fists » and the « Indestructible » that are the most percussive, the group pretend to be at the top of his art. Therefore we are in law to expect much of this new Opus. But when you reach the top, aren't you scared of the fall? This « Asylum » is in an extension of his two predecessors?

One more time we discover the same character on the jacket of this new opus. It seems that this man without any face became the mascot of Disturbed because since « Ten Thousand Fists » he doesn't leave the covers of their albums.
Although less worked, this new drawing is beautiful too, as the rage and the anger are there visible. But do not judge an album in its cover and let's look at the music.

Are You Ready for Asylum?
For the first time since their beginnings, Disturbed open with a instrumental track. « Remnants » wants mysterious in the first part, but especially melancholy.
We knew already the tracks « Asylum » and « Another Way to Die » ( that was the first track available on their Myspace ), so it wasn't a surprise anymore , but it's with pleasure that we listen to them again. « Asylum », with his catchy riffs and his heavy percussion, reminds the preceding album. Always using hysteric screaming and this grave voice simulating madness but also a simple chorus but effective, this song is the right type of what can better identify Disturbed in question of power and efficiency.

Strangely the album pretend to be divided in tree parts. The firsts tracks are perfectly linked together without slowing down. Choruses are simple but catching and quickly Remembered (« The Infection »). David Draiman always use his voice technical of « accelerated singing » so particular (« Warrior », «  Another Way to Die »). The battery is heavy at will and the guitars debit riffs more that catchy (« Warrior »). In Short what could we ask more? It continues...

Unfortunately, little by little tracks are fewer and fewer touches of. Despite some original introductions (« The Animal », « My Child »), tracks seem rather be out of the alum «  Believe ». David Draiman use increasingly a clear voice, as if the « animal » witch usually breaks out was held in cages. « Crucified » has the feel of « Remember ». The Riffs are less sharp.

But in the moment we're almost resigned, implacable guitars and a heavy battery are again heard in the end of the album. But the voice does really become aggressive in the explosive « Innocence » where reappears the voice of David Draiman asking with a grave way « Who is innocent? » like to interpret the madness. In short a Disturbed as we love!

It's almost a tradition, after Genesis in « Ten Thousand Fists » and Tears For Fears in «  The Sickness », Disturbed starts in the remake of a song of an another worship group of the 80s: U2 and « I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For ». Although this version is tougher than the original, this remake is worse than the group has made so far... don't the song correspond to their styl? Because contrary to the version of U2, this sound «  empty ». What a shame...

And Finally, Americans showed some novelty even if they're not really big. We'll regret the progressive loss, as the albums pass, the hysteria whose David Draiman demonstrate (screaming, madness...).
« Asylum » is still a very good album, unfortunately, one notch below its two predecessors, but we must admit that the bar was placed very high. This new album is simply disturbing by the fact you start out in force to choke a little later and finally finish so high again. But this does reassure ourself about the future of Disturbed, the fall is still far!

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