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Year of Release: 2010

track listing
  • Remnants
  • Asylum
  • The Infection
  • Warrior
  • Another Way To Die
  • Never Again
  • The Animal
  • Crucified
  • Serpentine
  • My Child
  • Sacrifice
  • Innocence
  • Ishfwilf

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    The band Disturbed marks their debut as our Album Pick of the Week, with their most recent #1 album from 2010, Asylum. Merging into the title track, it's hardcore/speed metal grabs your attention. Their musical style is defined as heavy metal, Alternative, hardcore, speed metal -- LOUD. (Some define their music as "nu metal," "alternative metal

    The band formed in Chicago in 1994 (as bandname Brawl), then changed their name to Disturbed in 1996, after the hiring of new vocalist, David Draiman. Of the five albums they've released, four reached the #1 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

    Alternative bands such as Disturbed, Godsmack, Korn, Staind (to name a few), have been dominating the Billboard 200 lately. I'll admit, the hard rocking style of these kinds of bands may not be rated high on my musical lists, but listening to Asylum, there is a sound here that is definitely worth listening to. Older bands such as Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam have been favorites of mine, but as years pass, their music tends to be less fortunate. Then there are the new bands, that produce their "own sound" so to speak. And as most would say "it all sounds the same" (and technically, this is so true) -- We all have to give these bands an open ear (especially when their albums hit the #1 position.)

    Taking Asylum with full force, one term can easily be said: All of the songs easily "gets your attention." Vocalist David Draiman definitely has "the voice" for this kind of music. (I think if Chris Daughtry went into the harder rock, he could sound like this; although I'm a big fan of Daughtry, what he has done with his career is phenonmenal.)

    Asylum starts off with an instrumental, which could be set to a movie soundtrack. It kicks into the title track, with a Metallic-ish sound. "The Infection" would have to be my favorite track, as it fits the Alternative hard rock format. "Warrior" is good, but not as the previous "Infection." The band Staind comes to mind on the beginning of "Another Way To Die," then it kicks into another hardcore/speed metal track.

    "Attention grabbers" -- "Never Again," "The Animal" "Crucified, "Serpentine" -- They all have the components of Alterative Rock, speed metal, heavy metal in general, 21st Century updated. "My Child" keeps on rocking, as does "Sacrifice." The album's closing tune, "Innocence" is another fine Alternative Rocker. The album officially closes with an "untitled track" -- "Ishfwilf" -- which stands for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Yes, it's a remake of the U2 classic. It takes about a minute to start, if you set your CD player to "track 13" from the CD. (Of course, if you create the mp3s for this album, you can easily delete the silence from the beginning with your favorite mp3 editor program software.) It has a more Alternative hard rock sound, compared to U2's original. Very impressive!!

    There is no doubt -- Disturbed's Asylum is a fine rocking album. It grabs your attention, from start to finish. The U2 bonus track should bring a smile for everyone who remembers it well. Three star rating for this album, many of the songs should get repeated listens. The band described Asylum as an album with a "darker" sound than previous albums -- "still idenitifiably Disturbed, but showing more maturation." There will be more of Disturbed albums to be reviewed -- if this is "dark," I'll be curious how each album leads up to this one. For the harder rock Alternative fan, this one will get your attention. Disturbed is currently on a hiatus since the release of Asylum. The bandmembers have planned on achieving solo projects.

    Their Decade of Disturbed DVD was released in 2010, as for those who purchased the Asylum CD, receives a key (code) for a free download and/or stream to the documentary of the DVD. The 60-minute-plus documentary recalls 10 years of history of the band.

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