Sound — 8
Dan Donegan's recent review with Ultimate-Guitar.com incontrovertibly sheds some light on the mindset with which Disturbed approached this album sonically. Attributing the album's darker vibe to singer-David Draiman's-'string of bad luck', songs as ominous Haunted certainly corroborate such claims. Having said that, Donegan's assertion is hardly maintained throughout the album; Disturbed continues to retain the pop sensibilities that were first employed on Ten Thousand Fists. Somehow, guitarist-Dan Donegan-is able to write drop-C tuned riffs that are heavier than the lead of a somewhat nuclear-resistant container, while retaining a great sense of melody, not to mention a substantial awareness of what the rest of the band is doing. It is he, alongside Draiman, who provides much of the melody to Indestructible. In a peculiar manner, the melodramatically down-picked guitar riffs retain 'metal' credentials on songs such as the title-track, Inside the Fire, and even the eerier songs such as Criminal. Despite some teething problems regarding song structure, Disturbed still manages to convince the listener by playing with the conviction of a tight rope walker. The problem is that in places, the band truly is walking a tight rope, playing dangerously with clichd choruses; a further criticism could be that Dan Donegan treats his guitar too much like a percussion instrument in that he does somewhat over rely on chugging along to the beat. However, it is this steam engine chugging that gives Indestructible it's groove, and with Donegan having the licence to solo this time round, Disturbed pummels the point home that the band has some serious staying power. Although not as immediately accessible as Ten Thousand Fists, Disturbed's hooks are not limited to the vocal aspect of the band; Disturbed is one big fishing lure, and with the new album featuring on UG, it could yet catch the biggest fish in the pond.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrically, I have always been a critic of Disturbed's somewhat clichd topics of discussion, and my immediate thought upon reading the track listing of Indestructible was that the songs titles leave a lot to be desired. I stand by that statement, and with generic titles such as Indestructible-yes, even the album name has been done before-and Haunted, one is immediately 'stricken' by the potential for disappointment. With lyrics that would not be out of place in a young teenager's diary, one does grow tired of Draiman, particularly when it comes to this atrocious excerpt: Another reason, another cause for me to fight; another fuse uncovered, Now, for me to light. There is nothing remarkable about such long-winded gibberish; but regardless of what Draiman is trying to convey, the sentiment certainly isn't evocative enough to inspire the listener. Draiman's talent rests not with his lyrical capacities, but his vocal aptitude; his voice is arguably unrivalled in modern rock. Unlike various other bands that fall under this genre, Disturbed has a singer; and his sense of delivery, timing and rhythm epitomises the flair Disturbed has to rapidly coruscate and brighten the hours of darkness.
Overall Impression — 7
Disturbed has not come on in leaps and bounds since the release of Ten Thousand Fists, and despite exploring more sinister territory with Indestructible, the formula remains largely the same. Consideration should be given to whether or not Disturbed has the sustainability of bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Pantera. Paramount to unremitting success is for Disturbed to persist with creating a niche in the market. However, the next album shall have to supersede both Ten Thousand Fists, and Indestructible for Disturbed to really fulfil what is, to an extent, still latent potential.