Disturbed's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks


Disturbed has by no means fairly slot in. 

When the Chicago alt-metal foursome broke onto the headbanging scene in 2000 with its debut LP, The Sickness, it was lumped in with the day’s prevailing nu-metal motion, although blistering vocalist David Draiman didn’t rap, the band bore no discernible hip-hop affect and apart from guitarist Dan Donegan’s drop tuning, Disturbed’s music shared few aesthetic similarities with main nu-metal outfits Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot. 

And for almost twenty years since “Down With The Sickness” launched the band’s profession as a hard-rock stalwart, Disturbed has existed as a gaggle too saw-toothed and doomsaying for the typical rock listener, but too melodic for true thrashers who would possibly worship its predecessors Metallica or Pantera.

Still, droves of followers have embraced the band’s outlier standing, boosting the final 5 Disturbed information to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and helped the group notch eight No. 1 singles on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. They are the identical supporters who will scoop up the band’s upcoming album, Evolution, when it drops Friday, Oct. 19. 

As the band prepares for its subsequent album cycle, kicked off by the pounding lead single “Are You Ready” in August, we now have chosen Disturbed’s 10 finest songs: monstrous fashionable steel jams that compel you get up and scream, as Draiman does on the conclusion of all dwell performances: “We all are DISTURBED!” 

10. “The Sound Of Silence,” Immortalized, 2015  

You higher imagine we’re opening this rating with a canopy! Disturbed has a historical past of killer tributes to non-metal songs, from Tears For Fears’ “Shout” in 2000 to Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” in 2005, the latter of which notched them a No. 1 Mainstream Rock winner. Yet 2015 noticed the most effective revamp so far: a triumphant, orchestral and mesmerizing therapy of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1964 dirge “The Sound Of Silence.” Not solely is it a window into Draiman's clear baritone vocal means — a few of his patented serration comes later within the tune — but it surely unexpectedly earned Disturbed its highest Billboard Hot 100 chart place ever (No. 42 in 2016).

9. “Stricken,” Ten Thousand Fists, 2005 

If you had been swept up by the Guitar Hero online game wave of the late ‘00s, you should still undergo stress desires the place you’re attempting to completely nail the distorted licks and searing solo of "Stricken” on Expert mode. But when you can handle to go away these anxieties behind together with your XBox 360, you’ll acknowledge this single off Ten Thousand Fists as a well-measured reduce that signified what was seemingly Disturbed’s most accessible album. This was a formulaic jam that obtained loads of MTV play in ‘05 and might need been the tune to convey your little brother aboard the S.S. Labret Piercing. “Stricken” was the only Ten Thousand Fists monitor to crack Hot 100 (No. 95).

eight. “Inside The Fire,” Indestructible, 2008 

While a lot of the Disturbed catalog is anchored by vaguely apocalyptic or violent motifs, the lead single off 2008's Indestructible is autobiographical, impressed by the real-life suicide of Draiman's teenage girlfriend. It's an exceedingly darkish and aggressive monitor that bounds with each fists thrusting ahead, advised from the angle of Satan, chatting with Draiman about his deceased love, “Devon,” and the way he himself ought to be a part of her in hell. Draiman’s shouting is boosted by Donegan's stellar fretwork, which finally outlined Disturbed’s first album produced solely by Donegan, and scored "Inside The Fire" a Grammy nomination for finest laborious rock music in 2009. 

7. “The Game,” The Sickness, 2000 

Sure, different tracks from The Sickness have developed extra speakable legacies over the past 18 years, however no tune from the band’s seminal debut is kind of as free-swinging a wrecking ball as "The Game." It's an offended, electro-infused thumper that portrays Draiman as a scorned lover, wailing at his ex for her obvious dishonesty. This is perhaps Disturbed’s most nu-metal jam, with its bits of digital programming and staggered, mega-distorted riffing. The mania inside Draiman boils scorching within the verse and explodes within the syncopated refrain. Go to a Disturbed live performance and look ahead to the band to slide in "The Game" — old-school followers will lose their freaking minds. 

6. “Voices,” The Sickness, 2000 

The music that technically began all of it for Disturbed, 2000’s propulsive opening monitor “Voices,” stays a fan and band favourite for good motive: it rips by way of your audio system like a grizzly bear. Talk a few music that by no means lets off the fuel, from Draiman’s primal growls and shouts to the sludgy breakdown that doubles down on the music’s themes of madness: “Can't you think about how good going by way of this may make you are feeling?” Draiman speaks beneath the melody, an evil mantra keen somebody to violence. Oh, the great outdated days (about 10 years in the past) of Draiman being wheeled out on stage in a straitjacket Hannibal Lecter-style after which breaking free to sing this music earlier than arena-sized crowds. 

5. “Liberate,” Believe, 2002  

Not a tune for the prim and correct — Draiman drops at least 17 “motherfucker” bombs on this jam off Believe — however a colossal reduce nonetheless. The staccato verse, which fully cuts out all sound for a couple of jarring moments, is a sonic bulldozer giving approach to one of many band’s most anthemic choruses. If you wore JNCO denims and went to Ozzfest within the early ‘00s, don’t act such as you didn’t scream the hook “ready on your fashionable messiah!” whereas driving round city, shunning those that Draiman had deemed “so narrow-minded.” 

four. “Ten Thousand Fists,” Ten Thousand Fists, 2005 

Disturbed typically preaches unity — earlier than the “we’re disturbed!” chant on the finish of each Disturbed live performance, Draiman refers back to the viewers as “my brothers, my sisters, my blood.” The band’s perception in conviction and neighborhood is encapsulated right here in “Ten Thousand Fists,” the titanic title monitor from an album that noticed the band loosen its sound a bit to permit extra types — and even a couple of guitar solos — whereas nonetheless harnessing its booming drums and crunchy guitar shreds. This monitor carried out dwell is one thing to witness: hundreds of fists thrust skyward, mimicking Draiman. Epic for certain. 

three. “Stupify,” The Sickness, 2000

Oh, “Stupify,” the economic funk-inspired hellraiser that was, as some have certainly forgotten, Disturbed’s very first single. This music gave headbangers a brand new band, a brand new groove that to at the present time Disturbed has by no means actually bested, and for these with no dependable web connection in 2000, a world of surprise surrounding the non-English phrase Draiman hauntingly sings within the music’s bridge (it was “tefached,” Hebrew for “be afraid,” by the way in which). “Stupify” stays one of many band’s loosest jams and a staple of the early ‘00s hard-rock sound, loaded with experimentation and ferocity. 

2. “Remember,” Believe, 2002 

Any diehard is aware of there’s extra to Disturbed than simply its razored yells and gloom, and my god, the sheer drive behind “Remember” — the group’s best ballad by any stretch — is a beaming spotlight. Draiman has beforehand anointed “Remember” as his favourite music from the band’s first two albums (fairly the proclamation) by way of melody and energy, and it's actually up there, significantly in the way in which the preliminary refrain unfurls right into a second, even grander part halfway by way of. On tour, when the band strips this quantity right down to a lone acoustic guitar, it’ll blow your hair again. 

1. “Down With The Sickness,” The Sickness, 2000 

Ooh, wah-ah-ah-ah!  Was there ever any doubt? “Down With The Sickness” is, after all, the quintessential Disturbed music, harnessing all of the band’s seethe and its now-famous tribal beat and guitar chug into three and a half minutes of alt-metal mayhem. It’s menacing, it’s rhythmic, it’s rebellious — as Draiman has defined, the spoken “abuse” part within the prolonged bridge isn’t meant to be literal mother-on-son home violence, however society’s assault on particular person freedom. It was the band’s first platinum-selling single, and for many followers, the psychodramatic harbinger of all that was to return for a band that thrived within the nu-metal craze however may finally couldn’t be contained there.