Disturbed
Immortalized


3.0
good

Review

by PostMesmeric USER (83 Reviews)
August 14th, 2015 | 43 replies


Release Date: 08/21/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mix of promising highs and dull-as-dirt lows, Disturbed's return balances itself out, putting the group right back where they left off.

Disturbed’s rise to power might have coasted off the shores of nu-metal with 2000’s The Sickness, but their steady move into a more traditional metal territory is where they became stars on rock radio. Since 2002’s Believe, however, this metal edge steadily showed its worn parts, as future albums did very little to evolve the band beyond that step from the debut to the sophomore. After three more albums running the gambit between “solid” to “mediocre”, Disturbed took a break. Disturbed’s hiatus brought about the side projects Device and Fight or Flight, neither of which reached Disturbed’s sky-high following. It’s made the anticipation, or at least the curiosity toward Disturbed’s return all the bigger. Immortalized marks Disturbed’s first studio LP since 2010’s Asylum, and despite some nice little breaks in character for the band, runs in place far too much to be anything more than simply solid, though that’s not entirely a bad thing.

Disturbed might have claimed its calling card on the nu-metal cruncher The Sickness (with its now legendary “Down With the Sickness”), but immediately after that record, Disturbed found a formula and stuck with it...13 years and counting. Immortalized follows in the footsteps of all four albums to follow, with a stronger focus on traditional metal features and Draiman’s mix of clean and semi-rough vocals. It’s a decent formula, admittedly, and Draiman’s clean vocals are still mystifyingly hypnotic. His rougher vocals still tend to suffer from an identity crisis; you never know if he’s trying to channel reggae-inspired rhythmic grunts or try to do something more melodic. That’s been something that’s earned Draiman both praise and criticism, but it’s clear that his voice is still instantly identifiable. The rest of the band sits just as comfortably as Draiman, for better or for worse. The heaviness hasn’t left, especially in slammers like the great “Open Your Eyes” and the lesser, but still solid “Fire It Up.” The latter also has a great guitar solo from Dan Donegan, something that feels noticeably lacking on Immortalized.

Sadly, Disturbed’s lack of invention has reached a fever pitch this time around. Even compared to the massive blur of Indestructible, this LP has some of the most criminally undercooked tracks ever written by the group. The triad of “You’re Mine”, “Who”, and “Save Our Last Goodbye” is absolutely pitiful, spiraling into each other without a trace of uniqueness. Immortalized’s singles like “The Vengeful One” and its title track fare better, but don’t even have the catchiness of Ten Thousand Fists’ “Stricken” or Indestructible’s title track. Draiman’s vocals spout all the corny, edgy metal lyrics he’s been pushing even into his side project, which take otherwise crowd-pleasing tracks into the territory of cringe. It comes to a head with a totally unneeded and out-of-place cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, which is driven by pianos and Draiman’s crooning. It’s not the worst cover of the song I’ve ever heard, but it’s a jarring inclusion that breaks the metal energy wide open, but in all the wrong ways. The lows of Immortalized are so devoid of invention and even perspective that you’d wonder why the band even went on hiatus in the first place.

But then there are the highs, which somehow, some way, shine. Brightly, in fact. “Open Your Eyes”, despite sounding simplistic, hits the ear right and delivers a festival-churning beat, while “Who Taught You How to Hate” has a fantastic chorus that takes from the better parts of Ten Thousand Fists. It’s sure to be a favorite for fans down the line. “The Light” is a shockingly uplifting track, channeling the same aesthetic as their cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, but with a much more refined composition while still keeping that metal sharpness. It’s a wonderful breath of fresh air from the band. “What Are You Waiting For"” is another solid track which overcomes Draiman’s terrible lyrics with smooth shifts into a faster rhythm. The moments where Disturbed perform best on Immortalized are either brief bits of intrigue or familiar demonstrations of ironclad tradition, but regardless of which, they work.

Disturbed’s return spins its wheels a bit too much to be a top-tier act in their discography, but if you’ve been convinced thus far of the group’s appeal, Immortalized is likely to satisfy. There are some really solid tracks on the LP, ranging from a startlingly proficient change in tone (“The Light”) to a stronger grip on the group’s resolve in radio metal (“Open Your Eyes”, “Who Taught You How to Hate”). It’s great to have Disturbed back in these moments, but their irritability toward keeping this invention going rears its ugly head just as much, as that brutally dull trifecta of “You’re Mine”, “Who” and “Save Our Last Goodbye” is a sore thumb in a sea of fan-pleasing rock. Lesser examples like “Immortalized” and “The Vengeful One” also turn out relatively underwhelming, and you might as well ignore the Simon and Garfunkel cover entirely (it’s better off that way). In the end, Immortalized is likely to give fans satiation. It’s Disturbed being Disturbed, for better or for worse. Let’s just hope that their next LP shakes things up at least a little bit more, but in the meantime, you might as well get down with the sickness once again.



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PostMesmeric
August 14th 2015


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Stream on iTunes FirstPlay: http://smarturl.it/disturbedfirstplay



I honestly expected to dislike this more. Not bad.

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Damnit, you beat me to the review again you cock! >:[



Will read later anyways.

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PostMesmeric
August 14th 2015


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't worry, dude. Your review will likely be featured over mine.

LepreCon
August 14th 2015


5428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is what I expected. After Indestructible I think they reached their creative zenith and Asylum proved it will surely be music by the numbers albeit enjoyable music by the numbers. Lost Children was better than Asylum.



Looking forward to this though all the same.

PostMesmeric
August 14th 2015


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I still think Ten Thousand Fists was their best. Indestructible was dull, but I liked Asylum.

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Post Depends on how mine turns out. Review is solid though so I pos.



And yeah the album is better than I expected it to be so far.

EvoHavok
August 14th 2015


7238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Album's fine.

Tunaboy45
August 14th 2015


15609 Comments


Great review.

Snoop Dogg should've featured on fire it up.

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Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I feel like there's going to be like 10 reviews of this later in the day. Mine is probably going to be one of them.

PostMesmeric
August 14th 2015


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It still boggles my mind that this album has a Simon and Garfunkel cover. Not a bonus track. Smack dab in the main tracklist.

UnderTheNorthernScar
August 14th 2015


551 Comments


Album art looks so dumb to me. is it just me?

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah that cover song should've been a b-side. I actually like it but it's so out of place.



The album cover on the other hand is kinda dumb but tbh it's their best artwork.

TheSonomaDude
August 14th 2015


5623 Comments


5/5 album I bet

PlatonicMushroom
August 14th 2015


728 Comments


yuh-muh-nuh-muh

nuh nuh

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2015


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

betting this is a forgettable 3/5 like everything else theyve done

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I might as well ask the same to you

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2015


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

arent you supposed to be an awful user oh wait

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you sure about that?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2015


24412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

your recent ratings are bad enough

Toondude10
August 14th 2015


11602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

oh god, review No. 2 is here



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