Disturbed - Indestructible

2008-06-21 07:33
They’ve learned the secrets of the human spirit, they understand your pain and they want to reach out and touch you. Which is fine… if you’re Def Leppard. Disturbed’s paranoid lyrics and distorted riffage haven’t gone anywhere, but now even their most rabid soundscapes are dotted with little pastures of melody and… sympathy? That’s not the way, guys. That’s panty metal (no offense to Rokkeloos).

Consider “Enough”, which starts with a thumping drumline and tight distorted touches in the best groove thrash tradition. Then, about a minute in, David Draiman goes Abba on us, letting his warmest tones come to the fore. But as soon as you start wondering if this is his audition tape for the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, he counters with an evil little passage, rasped like a sewer demon with bad lungs. Variation can be a sure ticket to songwriting greatness, but it’s not pulled off here. It’s confusing, and a little embarassing.
Thankfully, the band have made their mind up about guitar solos: they’re cool again! After testing the waters in their last album, Ten Thousand Fists, Disturbed give us the welcome treat of some proper solos and scorching lead guitar. This would be a good time for cynical listeners to ask why a band that helped kill the solo is jumping on the “bring ‘em back” bandwagon.

They’ve toned down and cheered up for the radio crowd, but Disturbed are still missing their place in the metal hall of fame. Greatness seldom follows when hard becomes soft.

- Niel Bekker
Nu metal is dead and it’s their fault. Disturbed, once the darlings of post-grunge metal, have taken a turn for the pink on the commercial come-get-me, Indestructible.

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