Disturbed
Asylum


2.5
average

Review

by PatrickMulvihill USER (3 Reviews)
October 9th, 2011 | 20 replies | 2,807 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite several standout tracks, Asylum is an average, predictable effort.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Insanity is the big theme of the hard rock band, Disturbed's most recent album: Asylum. Surprisingly, the songwriting is far from insane. It feels calculated and reserved. I expected a thrilling experience when I saw the album cover of Disturbed's mascot breaking free…but the music takes few chances. Let's take a listen track by track.


Track List:

1-Remnants
An ominous instrumental to open the album. After a minute of gritty synth pads, we hear a proficient yet short guitar solo. Builds up tension for the next song nicely.

2-Asylum
A very strong track which fits the savage mood of the album cover. The guitars and drums quickly lock in sync with the trademark Disturbed staccato effect. The lead vocalist, David Draiman, delivers a gritty, animal-like vocal performance and a catchy chorus hook: "Feel you die! In Asylum! I live a lie."

3-The Infection
This next song seems to drag. David Draiman's vocal melodies sound emotionally distant, completely devoid of pain or anger like the title track. The chorus plods with a forgettable hook and a lagging drum pattern.

4-Warrior
A more solid piece in the vein of the title track. Though it doesn't pull any surprises, it's a catchy, radio-ready song. The chorus lyrics: "I'm one with the warrior inside/My dominance can't be denied" emote a feeling of raw invincibility reminiscent of their song, Indestructible.

5-Another Way to Die
A plodding song that doesn't speed up until sixty seconds in. The slow part's guitar work sounds muddy and gloomy. When it speeds up, it seems energetic at first but the chorus quickly anchors it down with the same tired plod of the "The Infection". I wanted to like this one but the hooks couldn't draw me in.

6-Never Again
A generic track that tries to add intrigue with its lyrics about "A generation that was persecuted endlessly/Exterminated by the Nazi war machine." The rhymes try to tackle the vast issue of genocide…but they just don't succeed. They give little insight into the matter beyond the typical high school student's opinion.

7-The Animal
The last great tune on the album. David Draiman is electrifying with his blend of crooning and growling styles. This is a perfect example of Disturbed's blend between radio rock and metal. The instruments are also unified and powerful.

8-Crucified
The most obvious filler song. The gloomy, melodramatic verses and chorus are forgettable and dull.

9-Serpentine
This is a decent track but it doesn't reach its potential. The guitar work is strangely discordant and clashes with Draiman, especially in the verses. The lyrics about vampiric beings are not particularly enthralling, either.

10-My Child
Another song that doesn't reach its possibilities. The lyrics are actually very intriguing: It's about a baby that Draiman's girlfriend lost in miscarriage. Sadly, this personal and deep song doesn't have enough melody or power to carry its message. It is instantly forgettable.

11-Sacrifice
Hm…did I say Crucified was the most obvious filler song? This one is a contender. It's bogged down by a slow tempo and monotonic guitars.

12-Innocence
Another unremarkable song. Like many of the filler tracks on Asylum, it has little appeal in its hooks or instrumental parts.

13-ISHFWILF (Hidden Track)
Disturbed has made a few great cover songs, (Land of Confusion and Shout 2000 come to mind), but this one was a big misstep. It takes U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and tries to Disturbify it, resulting in a discordant, unpleasant sound. Minor scale guitars don't mix with Bono's melodies. . .

Pros:
-David Draiman delivers a strong and mature performance on many songs like Asylum and The Animal.
-Some of the hooks are catchy and fit the crossover sound of Disturbed.
-The guitar work has a tight, staccato sound.
-The production quality is usually clear and satisfying with full bass resonance.

Cons:
-Many of the songs are filler with forgettable choruses
-Disturbed tries few new ideas. Nothing is surprising about the album.
-The energy gets bogged down and moody too often.


Key Tracks: The Animal, Asylum, The Warrior


user ratings (870)
Chart.
2.8
good
other reviews of this album
1 of

Comments:Add a Comment 
Asiatic667
October 9th 2011



4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Asylum is an average, predictable effort.


Average, predictable track by track Noob review

bloozclooz
October 9th 2011



1770 Comments


someone's upset that not everyone loves disturbed

jdsanca
October 9th 2011



54 Comments


"Average, predictable track by track Noob review"

Thats not very nice

XfingTheSullen
October 9th 2011



2455 Comments


I don't know what's to love about this band. Whenever their circus clown of a vocalist starts quacking, I want to grab the nearest heavy object and throw it at my monitor :P

dammets
October 9th 2011



2035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This used to be my favorite Disturbed Album. Now it's next to last. I still love this band though.

XfingTheSullen
October 9th 2011



2455 Comments


I used to think of myself as a considerate person, but it turns out there are some people I'll never understand after all

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011



7163 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

TAKE UR PLACE INSYD THE FYR WITH HURRRRRRRR

keyserfunk
October 9th 2011



281 Comments


I don't think I've had the patience to listen to this album twice. Boring.

Gyromania
October 9th 2011



15460 Comments


Tepid album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011



6987 Comments


Painful to read review....

bloozclooz
October 9th 2011



1770 Comments


you actually read it?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011



6987 Comments


Yeah, actually I want the 4 and a half minutes that it took to go through it back.

Gyromania
October 9th 2011



15460 Comments


You know, you guys could offer some constructive criticism from time to time, instead of bitching about how the review sucked without saying why and helping him/her improve.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2011



6987 Comments


I'm not especially good at that, so it's probably better to leave it to someone that can Gyro, but I'd start with "try not to t-b-t".

themetalpig
October 10th 2011



37 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

No wonder they went on hiatus. This album sucks balls.

krig9412
October 10th 2011



794 Comments


*sigh* One thing that pisses me off Sputnik is that you can never help people improve, hence reducing the amount of "suckish n00b reviews" you detest so much.

Anyway reviewer, this site hates tracks by tracks. So don't do that. Also you want to make general points about the album as a whole, not individual songs. The points you made weren't bad, but rather uninformative of the album. Make your statements have meaning that would convey the sound to someone new to Disturbed (as unlikely as that would be)

Just remember that most of your early reviews will suck, but keep going at it. Believe me, my early reviews are utter garbage so just keep hacking away at it.

PatrickMulvihill
October 10th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@krig9412 I won't do track by tracks if they're so hated here.

FlakMT
February 2nd 2014



132 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha I like "8-Crucified
The most obvious filler song. The gloomy, melodramatic verses and chorus are forgettable and dull." most

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014



20749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is just disturbed doing their thing

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

miketunneyiscool123
June 17th 2014



399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This guys are terribly generic. Listen to some REAL metal:

Annihilator, Slayer, Anthrax, Black Sabbath, Shadows Fall, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, and much more.

Digging: Metal Church - Masterpeace



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy