Disturbed
Evolution


2.3
average

Review

by Scuro F. STAFF
October 20th, 2018 | 118 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If asked to choose the weakest Disturbed album, this would be the natural selection.

Cashing in on the radical commercial success of their 2015 Simon and Garfunkel cover ‘The Sound of Silence’, Disturbed have decided that an over-saturation of sappy ballads is the next step in their so-called Evolution. Genetically engineered for mass-appeal, soccer mums everywhere will rejoice as they jam the latest Disturbed tracks alongside their angsty teenage kids. Without exaggeration, this latest release consists mostly(!) of forlorn acoustic dirges, stripped back to showcase David Draiman’s clean singing and newly naked chin. I'll be the first to admit the frontman has vocal chops - he sounds good - but this softening move comes at the expense of everything that makes Disturbed, well, Disturbed. Generally speaking, Evolution consists of two halves alternating in a trouble-helix, each of which can be addressed collectively since every ballad is pretty much the same ballad, and every non-ballad is pretty much the same non-ballad. Albeit, there are superficial differences here and there, but for the most part these tracks stick to predictable structures and similarly bland tones. How fun.

Let’s begin, as the album does, by analysing lead single ‘Are You Ready’. I was ready. This opener is possibly the most clichéd collection of Disturbed tropes put to tape. If a Disturbed cover band went rogue and started mashing up their rehearsal material for the purpose of churning out on-the-spot “originals”, this is what I imagine the result would sound like. It almost comes across as a parody. The first ballad, ‘A Reason to Fight’, doesn't fare much better either. It's pleasant enough, but it's also completely forgettable, boring, safe, and just disappointing in general. This unfortunate pair of songs can be taken as a microcosm of the full collection; this is about the extent of what is on offer. The frustrating desire for something daring or interesting is never satiated. To be blunt, Evolution is essentially a blander version of Immortalized, which was the flavourless porridge version of Asylum, which was the graham cracker version of Indestructible. Even the song titles are uninspired. ‘Hold On To Memories’ is an ironic reminder that you’re unlikely to recollect a solitary riff or lick from this utterly unmemorable album, while musically it adds one more to the pile of disposable ballads.

Surprisingly, there are some decent moments here and there. ‘The Best Ones Lie’ features some of the vitality that made Disturbed appealing in the first place. It doesn't stand out much from the general catalogue, but it's a gem by comparison to everything else featured. Hell, there's even a tasty solo halfway through. Similarly, ‘Already Gone’ is superior to every other ballad here, with some intriguing compositions, glassy guitar lines, and a soulful performance by Draiman. Unfortunately, both of these songs are buried at the back of the album, emerging far too late to save the experience and standing severely outnumbered compared to the remaining dredge. With the triumphant position of the weakest songs, it's a little too easy to call it “survival of the shittest” in honour of the nonsensical album title, and while I usually dislike being crass and transparently facetious in reviews, this performance hardly merits a formal critique. Better to keep myself amused in the face of this disappointing regression into banality than to dwell on it, seeing as how it has continued since Disturbed’s return, and arguably began a little earlier than that.



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    Are you ready?...

    Mason Pearmain (1.5)
    If by "Evolution" they meant becoming completely bland and unmemorable, then an evolution ...

    dodoKhan (2)
    "Come on, can't you just leave it alone? It doesn't have any soul. Just find a thing of yo...

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  • William21 (3)
    Some good moments, but still proof that "evolution" isn't always a good thing....


Comments:Add a Comment 
ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2018


11663 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

Kinda saw this coming given the singles but it still sucks that they couldn't turn things around after Immortalized and went even further off the deep end.

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GhostB1rd
October 20th 2018


2627 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

It's 2018.



Why?



Why would you listen to Disturbed?

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2018


15089 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sweet rev as always my man, but my opinion is miles away from this. i hate this album. lol

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GhostB1rd
October 20th 2018


2627 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

You guys are masochists.



ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2018


11663 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

Thanks dude. I don't find this offensively bad, just super boring. Admittedly it's a lot worse than I was expecting, which was Immortalized 2.0. This one is really recycled and lazy.

Zeuzo
October 20th 2018


1983 Comments


Great review my man

Dettlaff
October 20th 2018


193 Comments


Album cover looks like some kind of default template for an old Windows OS background

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2018


9295 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This album is about to have a full page of sput reviews... and not one over 2.5

Boris K.
October 20th 2018


156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It’s great, really.

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Toondude10
October 20th 2018


13661 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

worse than a 2.3 tbh



that being said I really do agree that this is fucking boring more than offensively bad.

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William21
October 20th 2018


370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"This album is about to have a full page of sput reviews... and not one over 2.5"



I might have something to say about that

Toondude10
October 20th 2018


13661 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

it'll probably be negged to all fuck tho

vermillionZ
October 20th 2018


192 Comments


They're trying sooooooooo hard to get another single that's played constantly on radio stations, jesus christ..
Must feel bad when your biggest hit is someone elses work.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 20th 2018


11663 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

@Toondude yeah maybe, I sorta base 2.5 as my threshold for stuff that is dull and boring, but listenable. This loses some more points because it’s suoer lazy and repetitive to boot. My 1s are unbearable garbage so perhaps my tolerance is high for stuff that sucks without being actively irritating.

Toondude10
October 20th 2018


13661 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

fair enough

TundraL5Z
October 20th 2018


2292 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Rating is too high

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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2018


835 Comments


this review was hilarious, well done Scuro

SrpskiCekic
October 20th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Darwin is rolling in his grave.



Also, who the fuck would give this 5 stars?

AsleepInTheBack
October 20th 2018


5917 Comments


That summary is perfect

GreyShadow
October 20th 2018


2850 Comments


i expected this to be especially bad but it's just a Disturbed album with ballads. it's average. no bite, but nothing offensive. nothing even close to as cringey as Fire It Up on the last album. the acoustic tracks were fine, Draiman sounds nice. Overall, nothing crazy but nothing terrible. I feel like they'd be doing better if they were a bit more instrumentally distinct. I'm feelin a 2.8 but I probably won't listen to this again so might as well just 2.5 it.

Listening to the bonus tracks now and This Venom is better than the rest of this.



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