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