Disturbed
Asylum


2.0
poor

Review

by Oneiron USER (10 Reviews)
August 29th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe it's finally time to admit that maybe they're just not a good band anymore.

Two years after I was let down by Disturbed essentially re-releasing Ten Thousand Fists with a slightly darker bent, I'm let down by disturbed again. Last time I was upset because of what they were hyping, a good return to the form found on The Sickness and Believe. I thought the album came off as Ten Thousand fists with some watered down Sickness mixed in to keep things fresh in the sound. It seems now I've gotten my wish. Asylum is the closest the band have come to their roots so far in their career, in a slightly darker version of Indestructible. The problem is that this is just a bad album.

Of the bands strong points on Indestructible, two of them have gotten weaker. Mike Wengren's drumming has regressed to Ten Thousand Fists style of simply playing with the music in simple, effective beats. On Indestructible he had taken great strides to standing out from the band; here his playing fades into the background without any any unique flavor of its own.

On the other hand Dan Donegan is still doing a great job coming up with riffs. His playing is still much more than the average palm chords and recycled riffs everyone else is using. They're the recycled riffs he's been writing since Believe. On Ten Thousand Fists and Indestructible they were injected with enough feeling and energy that they were still entertaining; this time around they lack that soul and come off feeling overly polished and sterile.

But in reality, all of this was just written for David Draiman to put his vocals over. As the only member in the band to have made any progress on the album, he saves it somewhat. His harsher barking vocals have lost the more melodic edge that they gained on Ten Thousand Fists and have mostly reverted to the darker, more sinister sounding vocals on The Sickness. His cleans here are also better than ever, hitting highs and lows with better precision and more evidence of emotion and technique than he's shown so far. But really his style is just absorbing the style he used on Believe. His note choice and timing on several songs (Never Again, Serpentine, Another Way to Die, Sacrifice) sounds like it could be ripped straight from the earlier album, and what isn't is stock leftovers from Indestructible.

In all the band have finally made the album I wanted them to make, a smooth amalgamation of everything they've done so far. It's the darkest, broodiest album they've released in their career. As such I'm left with a difficult question to answer: Why isn't this a good album?

Everything here is polished to the point of being soulless. The guitars lack any emotion or energy at all. The tone is so squeaky clean it sounds almost smooth. The little bit of crunch the guitars have leave it sounding like a mass marketed product, like the result of careful marketing research and commercial planning by a label intent on generating radio play. Everything here is completely inoffensive and sterile. Draimans barking is used seldom enough to keep them from overpowering the record and never once does he sound genuinely angry. He comes across as a spoiled child, petulant he must perform and starts throwing a tantrum.

And where it's not ruined by a lack of soul or commercial polish it's ruined by unoriginality. Asylum apes Inside the Fire pretty hard, preventing what would be the standout track from really standing out. The opening riff of The Infection is stolen from Decadence, the verse of Serpentine is very reminiscent of Awaken, The chorus to Crucified resemble a mix of choruses from The Night and Haunted. And while it's all small similarities it gives the album enough of a "been there, done that" feel that it's difficult to really enjoy.

Altogether this is a very disappointing release that I tried very, very hard to really love. It's a band I grew up with that helped form my opinions on and general taste in music. And maybe it's finally time to admit that maybe they're just not a good band anymore.



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RosaParks
August 29th 2010


14936 Comments


K nobody else review this.


Thanks
-Sputnik

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010


28705 Comments


5 reviews isnt THAT many... i don't know why you're so pissed.

i mean, it's a new release from a pretty big band. why be an ass about it?

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Counterfeit
August 29th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

shit. this is shaping up to be another attack attack incident

Counterfeit
August 29th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

and look how big of an ass she was about a seat on a bus.

loveisamixtape
August 29th 2010


6124 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah 5 reviews in 24 hours is way too much

Counterfeit
August 29th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nah, we still need a 5 review.

Maniac!
August 29th 2010


26250 Comments


I'll write a 5 review

Counterfeit
August 29th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

right now.

Oneiron
August 29th 2010


195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

People posting reviews on a review site? How dare they! At least I didn't add another 3 rating saying that they're good but repeating themselves on this album.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

An interesting, well-written review. Although I don't entirely agree, you have many things right. This is quite a conventional Disturbed album. Have a pos.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah pretty good review, though a bit awkward at times (like the Donegan part, where you first say he does a great job, and then quickly add that he is actually not doing as great of a job as on previous records). I'd also reword the fifth paragraph, as it makes little sense as it reads. I do get what you're trying to say, but it reads like "I wanted them to make this album but now that they did I don't like it".

That's just minor nitpicking of mine though, overall, good review.

Oneiron
August 29th 2010


195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks for the advice, I'll probably go back and edit it later

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You go do that. I have faith in you! Gonna pos this already so I don't have to bother later

Blazing6Shooter
August 30th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've got to say that I really love this album. It has everything you could possibly want in a disturbed album; melodic vocals akin to 'Believe' (serpentine, crucified etc.), it's got some aggressive songs that sound like more frenetic versions of something released in the 'Sickness'-era, like the warrior. The album also has it's fair share of 'Ten Thousand Fists' (Never Again, Infection) and 'Indestructible' (Asylum) songs. I really don't see whats to hate, I think Draiman sings more passionately than he ever has on this album, and Donegan has become an even more proficient guitarists, sure the drums are on autopilot for a majority of the songs but Wengren is still keeping good pace...honestly people need to stop complaining, i feel while this album isn't a huge step forward, it still shows a lot of progression. It's got a very different feel, and many of the songs just sound genuine compared to those of Indestructible, which now feels a bit soulless in comparison.

porch
August 30th 2010


8459 Comments


lol

sexpoi
August 30th 2010


599 Comments


this is really just rehashing of all of disturbed's earlier hits. I will admit that i enjoyed their songs in the Sickness days, but when a band can't progress whatsoever and forget how to make a somewhat creative song, i stop listening. I heard some of this and tbh the vocal ranges don't ever vary. he uses the same notes and used the same barking gimmicks a million times over. also, donnegan recycles a lot of his older material and tries to make it sound fresh by putting solos that last 2 seconds over it. It's almost as if when the band started out, they came to an agreement that they would come out with two original albums and then just ride on the coat tails of there own success for the rest of their careers.



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