“The Sickness”, though nowadays considered to be a product of its day, was awesome.
“Believe” was awesome.
“10,000 Fists” was awesome.
“Indestructible”… Whew boy, you want to talk about a let down.
I hesitate to call it a bad album, because honestly, it’s not. However, after three albums of pure awesome from a band that seemed to get better and better with each new release, this was the point where things started to plateau. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, it was bound to happen. I also guess that it’s my fault for holding Disturbed in such high regard. By the time “10,000 Fists” was on single five, my own personal standard of excellence was so high for these guys that there was probably no way they could’ve met it.
That being said, time has passed, my mind has rationalized (sort of), and my standards are significantly lower than they were back then. And this album… Is still a bit of a disappointment.
Even if an album has no core concept behind it, it can still be good if it’s consistent. “The Sickness”, near as I can tell, had no core concept behind it, but it was still awesome because it was consistent. “Indestructible” doesn’t even have that going for it.
I suppose I’ve put this off long enough. Let’s put this album in and get it over with.
ALBUM ART: B
Hey, Guy! How’s it hangin’?
Dude, I support the troops as much as the next guy, but honestly, when this track came out, just about everybody was fucking sick of hearing about Iraq. The only thing Operation: Iraqi Freedom ended up doing in the longrun was bring us a threat twenty times worse than anything Saddam Hussein was capable of known as The Islamic State. I suppose “The Arab Spring” back in 2011 didn’t help matters, but back in 2008, who knew that was going to happen? Certainly not America, who was in the process of spiraling that much further down hill into a recession we’re still digging ourselves out of as of this writing.
But suppose you’re ot interested in politics. Suppose you wish I’d just shut the fuck up and talk about the song. Okay, let’s talk about the song. This song, despite being the title track, sticks out like a sore thumb. Not necessarily because of its ties to politics, but because “Indestructible” was supposed to be the single darkest album Draiman and friends ever produced. And yet we’re greeted with a jingle for the fucking troops? Again, I support our troops, but there’s a time and place for everything, and this clearly wasn’t it. Probably ought to have saved this for “10,000 Fists”.
2. Inside the Fire
Honestly, I like to pretend track 1 doesn’t even exist, and I consider this the true start of the album. Under that logic, this is a great way to kick things off. As is, it’s still a great song. I’ve heard Dan Donegan bust out guitar solos in the past, but there’s just something about the solo in this that screams game change. Well worth the listen. The song was written about an ex-girlfriend’s suicide, and the devil tempting Draiman to go with her according to interviews. Also, it’s pretty obvious if you… You know, actually listen to the song.
It’s not quite as epic as “Inside the Fire”, but it’s still pretty catchy.
4. The Night
I can’t remember if this was the second, or the third single, but either way, it’s pretty good. I suppose the opening guitar part, and the main riff of the song aren’t particularly inspired, but I’ve heard worse. Hell, I’ve heard worse from this album. It makes me think of werewolves. I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed the point entirely, but that’s what I think when I hear this.
5. Perfect Insanity
Interesting fact: this was ne of two tracks the band had been hanging on to since before “The Sickness”. It makes me wonder how it would’ve sounded if they had included it on their debut. I have a feeling it’d be a lot more techno-sounding. A lot more synth, a lot more industrial, you know. Definitely wouldn’t have a guitar solo in the bridge, I guarantee that much.
This was the other track they held onto, and only just then released. And unlike the previous one, I’m kind of seeing why they held off on it. It’s not bad, but honestly, it’s not holding my attention nearly as well.
Boy, they really love starting off with drums on this album, you know? This is the third track that does this! It isn’t until the actual song starts when it sounds a little more distinct. And even then, it doesn’t hold my attention so well.
8. The Curse
Here we go! Everything about this song grabs my attention, and refuses to let go. Maybe it’s not perfect, but it could’ve been a lot worse.
Much like the last one, we come out guns-a-blazin’ with this one. I was kind of expecting it to be like “Guarded” back on “10,000 Fists”, but once it gets past the intro, it kind of mellows out a little bit into the usual Disturbed fare.
Not going to lie, I forgot this was on here. Admittedly, it has a slow, unappealing start, but once things pick up, they pick up with a vengeance! I rather enjoy this song.
I’m surprised to find this wasn’t one of the hold-overs from pre-“The Sickness” era Disturbed. It seriously sounds like something they wrote back then, and have since reworked. Well worth the listen!
It’s a pretty heavy track in its own right, but while still pretty good, it’s difficult to lompete with the previous track. Still, it’s a good finisher track if nothing else.
OVERALL GRADE: B
I hear you over on the other side of the monitor. You’re probably disappointed to see I gave this thing a passing grade after promising how much of a dud it was going to be. You’re probably even on the verge of calling me a walking contradiction after reading the rant above. Well honestly, a B-grade album like this, after three A-worthy efforts in the past, actually is a bit of a letdown. Maybe not a monumental letdown, but a letdown all the same.
Still, I was willing enough to dismiss it as an off album. Maybe Disturbed were just experimenting with their awesome new independent studio and elf producing, and hadn’t quite figured out what worked and what hadn’t. Maybe the next album will have a more consistent direction.
Yeah, no. “Asylum” was Disturbed’s 2010 offering. I’ll save you the trouble of backtracking through four years of incoherent, poorly spelled babble, and tell you right here this album nearly killed my fandom of the band dead. Hell, it was so bad, I wouldn’t be surprised if the badness of the final product was what led to the band breaking up not too soon afterward!
Okay, I’m done with Disturbed month. Come back next week, and I swear, I’ll be talking about something different.
Oh yeah, and sorry the “10,000 Fists” review took so long. I had gotten a new computer that week with Windows8, and I’v still learning how everything works. Seriously, my laptop is a fucking lair. EVERYTHING has changed, and I have to learn a whole new control scheme. However, unlike a certain cover artist I know, I’m not about to throw a hisyfit after five minutes of failure, take my ball, and go running over to the altar of Steve Jobs to dawn a blue shirt and join the cult. I love challenges, and I’m enjoying learning how this new system works. Even if by the time Windows10 comes out, we’re going to go right back to the start menu.
I can’t guarantee this, combined with a sudden addiction to The Sims 3 that reminds me why I put the fucking game away in the first place, won’t delay future updates, but I’ll do my best to stay on top of things.