When one thinks of the 2000’s and the music associated with that era, one cannot miss out on Disturbed. They date back to the mid-90’s as Brawl but real recognition came to them with open arms of success when they released 2000’s ‘The Sickness’. It cemented them as a juggernaut in an atmosphere saturated with the might of nu-metal. With consistently strong releases following their debut, they gathered an endearing fan following and their new effort that they have recently put out is a return to power after a hiatus that began in 2011 and ended with the pre-production sessions for ‘Immortalized’.
The guitar sporting instrumental intro“Eye of the Storm” sets the precedent for what is next to follow, a mammoth of a title track. “Immortalized” with its chuggy guitar work and a head-bobbing groove give a gallant take off for the record. David Draiman is back with his signature vocals. The RnB influence is very prominent and the sound is a trip down memory lane. The glory of nu-metal hits you again and again and forces you into a grin. The deluxe edition of this record is a long treat with 13 songs to enthrall you. “The Vengeful One” is sure to become an arena rock favourite with its catchy chorus and very reminiscent of ‘The Sickness’. Things turn for the heavier side with “Open Your Eyes” but I do feel the shout-out-sing-along chorus steals the brutality.
“The Light” is an unexpected treat because it is something different from their usual formula of song writing. It sounds a bit like Nickelback decided to mash up with Linkin Park to release a single. Now that may sound like the worst thing ever to a lot of people but for people who are well invested in this kind of music, it is indeed a great marriage of two approaches to sound. It’s very radio friendly and most accessible song off the record. “What Are You Waiting For” has a very thick pre-verse riffs but the rest of the song sounds a lot like songs you’ve already heard and the chorus is weak. The experimentation continues with “You’re Mine”taking a sample saturated disco approach with obligatory metal guitars. While it may not sit will the metal elitist folks, as a song it is a nice attempt to channel their inner CREED.“Who”continues larger than life choruses and leads into “Save Our Last Goodbyes”where the experimentation comes back into the mix. Using samples of conversations over telephone or otherwise has been used on many albums; Lost Prophet’s ‘Start Something’ comes to mind on the track “Last Summer.” “Fire it Up” allows Mike Wengren to take charge and drive the song forward with a heavy drum groove.
“The Sound of Silence”is by far the most intriguing song off the record as it is a slow one, and very smartly done. It breaks off the slightly repetitive routine that had been building up and introduces a new dynamic. “Never Wrong” and “Who Taught You How To Hate” do not differ from how the rest of the album sounds like and to me that was a letdown. Catchy melodies give the guitar-interplay a lot of space to play around and Dan Donegan does a very good job at incorporating minimalistic effects to maintain a evened out sound. With John Moyer on bass and Mike Wengrens drumming in check, the entire bottom end gets thicker and denser. But this record suffers from repetitions which makes the listener expecting patterns in the songs. It takes a few listens to get cozy but one cannot ignore the fact that in order to make all the songs sound consistent; the element of surprise is lost. I love the fact that David Draiman sounds exactly the same as he did on their debut record and is very good with how he sings the melodies and his trademark vocal effects that are better than any electronic circuitry that does a shoddy job.
This album is more like a clay-figure than a sculpture, but it is a catchy record nevertheless and will make a place in the hearts of fans that have supported the band for decades.
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