Review Summary: Disturbed have evolved into one of the greatest rock bands of all time!
I don't think you understand how amazing this album actually is. Disturbed have only capitalized on everything they've done in their career up into this point. They have truly evolved into something that is better than any of their contemporaries among any genre known to man. Taking influence from Nickelback and Five Finger Death Punch, Evolution
is an album of both aggression and melody, resulting in music worthy of critical acclaim and all the radio play in the world. In fact, Disturbed have taken their formula from "The Sound of Silence" and have fulfilled the desire of every fan: make an album of ballads with rock mixed in. Who wouldn't love music that sounds the same as their favorite band's biggest hit?
From the first uttered words, David Draiman shouts "are you ready"
, making the listener actually question if they are ready for the power contained within this masterpiece. Speaking of Draiman, he really expresses the meaning behind the title of the album as he never really uses his signature 'oh-wa-ah-ah-ah', showing the evolution from ape to man; truly poetic. Furthering the immense lyrical talent, Evolution
is chock-full with phrases like "we will no longer be their wh***"
and "you're the saviour of nothing now"
proving Disturbed's ability to destroy every story telling skills any band has in a matter of just over 43 minutes! To perform these lyrics, Draiman takes on the personas of Myles Kennedy and any aggressive psuedo-tough guy vocalist to display some of his best vocal work ever, showing his ability to remain one of the best in the genre; maybe even the best in the world.
Musically speaking, this album is god-tier. The drums are so manufactured sounding, that they declare the evolution of music as an attack to the music industry itself, an absolutely genius move on their part. Towards the middle of "Saviour of Nothing," there is a drum solo that would make even Neil Peart wet himself, proving the band's sheer musical talent. In the same song, the guitars use effects that make it sound so futuristic that it just oozes of musical technicality. Speaking of the guitars, they sometimes even copy other artists as a tribute to them, just to make them feel better about the fact that their music is being portrayed in a masterpiece. "In Another Time" uses the same guitar pattern as Seether's "Burrito" and some of the same sounding tones as Breaking Benjamin's "Home," showing the band's love for their fellow contemporaries. Even the strings of "Watch You Burn" have a similar sound to Led Zepplin's "Kashmir," declaring the band's love for other people's influence. Why not their influence? Well that's because Disturbed is on a completely different level. Why is that? The production is just absolutely phenomenal. Everything sounds so futuristic and ahead of its contemporaries, with guitar tones that sound so flat that it's good, bass that's almost inaudible (good move on their part, who even needs bass?), and drums that sound like a drum machine which is truly infectious.
If you couldn't tell, this is by far one of the best albums out there and will definitely be one to remember for years to come. Even if it may not seem like it to you right now, you will soon realize that this is better than anything out there right now. Some day, you'll look back on this and think, "Wow, tyman was right, this is phenomenal." Just remember, Evolution
is, will be, and always will be a monumental foundation in rock music for years to come. Heck, maybe for all music out there!