The fifth album from the Chicago metalers is as hard-hitting as ever... For a man so supposedly bemused by his oft-referenced ‘Mad‘ moniker, you’d imagine that David Draiman could rest upon subtler album titles than ‘Asylum’, but then Disturbed have never been the most subtle of metal bands. The fifth studio album from nu metal’s most unexpected survivors is more of the same, with Dan Donegan’s super-chuggy guitar work complimenting our Dave’s Hetfield-esque “eyah, eyah, eeeeyeaaaaaah”s, and the occasional surprise (some slightly off-tempo shredding making ‘Crucified’ noteworthy) providing a highlight or two.
There is no bigger band in hard rock right now than Disturbed. Over the past decade, they have helped to revolutionize the popularity of aggressive music, both in America and the world. From their stunning debut The Sickness to the thrilling masterpiece Indestructible, Disturbed is the face of heavy music for the majority of the world. They may not be the heaviest or most aggressive band, but they are the one that people will name most often when discussing the genre.
Global warming! Nazis! Werewolves! Disturbed pack their fifth disc Asylum with so much scary stuff it should come with a night-light. The Chicago metal warriors give Metallica pummel a modern-rock sheen, and frontman David Draiman operatically savors phrases like ”immortal sin that has enveloped me completely.” Unfortunately, Draiman isn’t a wild-man barker, he’s a lawyerly declaimer, convinced we need to ponder his Every. Single.