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Disturbed: Asylum

Album Review

The mad, bad, slightly sad world of David Draiman.

Long past the nu-metal trappings of yore, Disturbed’s fifth album is, nevertheless, a dark and foreboding collection of tunes – the sheer grimness of existence in general still fuels vocalist David Draiman’s world view.

Here we have madness, death, betrayal, grief, war and global warming all spewed forth to a churning, battering riff-fest that is impressive in its focus and ferocity. Despite the odd glimmer of hope here and there, a happy and feelgood slice of singalong metal this ain’t. All of which would be fine in a downbeat and, ahem, mature kind of way were it not for the distinct lack of truly memorable tunes. 

When the hidden cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For assaults your ears the stark contrast in songwriting quality makes you breath a mental sigh of relief – even if you can’t stand Bono and his pals.

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