Disturbed
The Sickness


1.0
awful

Review

by Brain Dead USER (30 Reviews)
August 21st, 2007 | 45 replies | 10,438 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Contrived angst coupled with horrid instrumentals and derivative songwriting.

8 of 13 thought this review was well written

When I was into nu-metal a few years ago, the most important factor in determining what music I liked was whether or not the band in question had lyrics expressing the angst and anger that my imbalanced teenage mind felt. I liked Slipknot a ton because Corey Taylor was so graphic and misanthropic that it helped me alleviate my constant low level of fury a bit. Back then, I was into Disturbed, as almost all of my breed were. Even then, Disturbed's lyrics seemed superficial and contrived. It was hard for me to believe the lead singer was genuinely angry when he let out happy whoops every few seconds (the famous oooh-ah-ah-ah-ah, naturally). Normally I would've latched right on to a spoken word rant like the one that occurs in Down With The Sickness, but for some reason, I never did. Disturbed seemed superficial and fake, but I enjoyed their songwriting a bit so I listened to them occasionally, but never felt strongly about them one way or the other.

Fast forward to now. My mind has achieved hormonal harmony once again, and I can listen to music with a much leveller head and more objective criteria. Now, Disturbed sounds absolutely putrid. The instrumentals are despicable; the guitar playing consists of one or two power chords per song, with an occasional obscenely simple mini-solo/fill here and there. The drumming is easy and uncreative beats, and the bass is nothing remarkable in any way. As if that wasn't enough, Disturbed lack any real songwriting ability, and incorporate no variation into the song structures. Sometimes techno-ish electronics and turntable scratchings are included for a little extra melodic boost. These additions add a little bit to Disturbed's music on occasion, but mostly just sound extraneous and cheesy; an effort from Disturbed to make rap-metal a part of their musical aesthetic.

So, pretty much, the instrumentation on The Sickness is pretty darn terrible. Unfortunately, so is the songwriting. Disturbed take a stab at rap-metal with Droppin' Plates, using Korn-style, downtuned to fuck riffs coupled with incredibly lame white boy rapping. Numb is an utterly tepid and insincere ballad that is unable to stir any emotion within the listener. Shout 2000 is a totally serious cover of Tears For Fears' famous pop hit, done in horribly generic heavy metal style. Stupify, despite being one of Disturbed's more well known songs, is packed chock full of annoying melodies (actually, it's pretty much one recycled melody) and tepid hooks. The Game and Fear are the only two songs that I can accept as good, because they have the best riffage on the album and manage to maintain a tense mood throughout. Down With The Sickness has a pretty godly hook, and Meaning Of Life manages to be a decent closer despite the use of alien-themed electronic melodies. Other than that, the rest of the tracks on The Sickness are different enough to be distinguishable but still unrelentlingly boring.

If Disturbed are nothing more than decent to the ears of a prototypical superfan (read: unbalanced teenage boy) and horrid to the ears of a serious music listener, who the hell do they hope to appeal to? Avoid this, as this is nu-metal at its generic worst.



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Brain Dead
August 21st 2007



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah, I realize this is obscenely short, but this album needed a negative review.

robin2220
August 21st 2007



569 Comments


I really like David Dramein's voice. Aside from that I could care less about Disturbed. Pretty good review.

kalkal50
August 21st 2007



2386 Comments


Pretty good review, very forgettable album.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2007



16301 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Certainly not Disturbed's best.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

Shattered_Future
August 21st 2007



1540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Prayer is better, and although this one has a few good tracks, there's almost twice as many bad ones.

Brain Dead
August 21st 2007



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Imo there's five times as many bad ones.This Message Edited On 08.21.07

masscows
August 21st 2007



2236 Comments


Draiman's voice on Believe and Ten Thousand Fists was awesome. This one doesn't even have that redeeming it from crappiness. They're actually a decent rock band with their most recent album, but this one sucks alot.

I would say anything Korn did is worse than this album by a hell of a lot, though.This Message Edited On 08.21.07

MeowMeow
August 21st 2007



662 Comments


I like Meaning of Life. Other than that I haven't found a Disturbed song I find better than mediocre. Good review, although I don't think this is "haunt you in your nightmares" bad.

Brain Dead
August 21st 2007



1150 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Meh, I like Korn's greatest hits all right.
I should probably delete all of my reviews before, like, a month ago because they all give the impression that I like this kind of stuff (which I did). Maybe a new account is in order.

HotSalvation
August 21st 2007



258 Comments


damn I feel bad for the 40 people who said this is a classic.
nu-metalwhitenigrapcrap.
what a joke, I laugh everytime I realize people like this can sell cd's and be called an artist.

http://www.myspace.com/riflesatrecessmusic

hail some talentThis Message Edited On 08.21.07

Willie
Moderator
August 21st 2007



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this albumn except for maybe a couple songs near the end... its the second one that is almost entirely bad. Their new one is really good though, no matter what genre people want to stick it in.

ValiumMan
August 21st 2007



493 Comments


I dunno, I wouldn't say the instrumentals are bad because they're "simple". Seriously, who really needs long-winded guitar solo masturbation, except for people who hang around guitar shops? I think the point is that the instrumentals are absolutely generic and studio-musician-like.
I pretty much agree with the "superficial and fake lyrics" thing though.

ToWhatEnd
August 21st 2007



3172 Comments


[quote=BRAIN DEAD]My mind has achieved hormonal harmony[/quote] :lol: I remember being into Disturbed awhile back. Mainly just their singles because that's all I ever really looked into. Yikes...

SylentEcho
August 21st 2007



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I loved this album back in 2002 till around 2005. I dont listen to Nu Metal nowdays...like once in 2 months. :P

and this album is way better than ANY slipknot album!

Altmer
August 21st 2007



5652 Comments


Their next album was better than what I heard off this one.

masscows
August 21st 2007



2236 Comments



I dunno, I wouldn't say the instrumentals are bad because they're "simple". Seriously, who really needs long-winded guitar solo masturbation, except for people who hang around guitar shops? I think the point is that the instrumentals are absolutely generic and studio-musician-like.
it's not the lack of solos, it's just the overall simplicity and lack of talent evident in the riffing.

It's not like they're trying to be minimalistic, so don't use that as an excuse.

Otisbum
August 21st 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, great album (the last time I listened).

astrel
August 21st 2007



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

their second album is better.

LaidToRest329
August 21st 2007



158 Comments


Thank you sir, for this here review that pretty much completely describes my feelings on disturbed

a couple of my friends like this band to death
I'ts pretty sadThis Message Edited On 08.21.07

WARPATH_88
August 21st 2007



514 Comments


Cant stand these guys.



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