Sound — 9
The sound of a teenager's hate never hit so hard, so quickly. Disturbed debuted with a bang. The Sickness is one of those records where the songs grab you and don't let go until the message has been drilled into your brain. From heavy and crunchy guitars and thumping bass to electronic beats and sound and vocal effects, this album's sound is original yet familiar.
Lyrics — 9
David Draiman's lyrics express exactly what anger, hate and frustration should sound like. His lyrics seem to always tell a story of someone on the borderline of psychosis. Lyrically speaking, the songs that seem to stick in your head are those of "Down With The Sickness", "Stupify", "Voices", "The Game" and "Violence Fetish". The guitar always compliments Draiman's vocals in presenting the hate that fills this album. His vocals range everywhere from singing to shouting/screaming and his trademark bark. The most angry vocal for Disturbed may lie in the track "Conflict". Near the end, Draiman sings, in an eerie voice, the word "Enemy" and then all of a sudden he shouts "Enemy!" followed by a voice track echoing him which gives the listener the feeling that they might be being stalked.
Overall Impression — 10
Comparing to a lot of debut albums from this period, The Sickness sticks out from most of the pack due to it's originality and catchy songs. As a music and Disturbed fan, my favorites would be "Stupify", "Voices", "Conflict", "Meaning Of Life" and "The Game". If there is anything to dislike about it, I would have to say that it would be that the songs really bring you in and seem to end just when you are in full-out jam mode. I already have had this album stolen from me and I must go out and buy it again and again.