Volume 96, Issue 19
Tuesday October 1, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Disturbed
Disturbing as ever

Disturbed
Believe
Reprise Records



Rundown: Disturbed emerged as one of the heavyweights of nu-metal last summer when the single "Down With the Sickness" exploded like a watermelon heaved off a 10 story building. Faced with the daunting task of creating a release that lives up to all the hype, Disturbed have produced an album that sounds exactly like their first.

Key Tracks: The opening track "Prayer" is also the first single, so it will probably be shoved down our throats in the near future. "Prayer" sets the lyrical tone of the album with its ridiculously depressing chorus: "Living just isn't hard enough/ Burn me alive inside/ Take everything away." The utterly moronic lyrics throughout Believe are the album's major downfall.

Sounds Like: Although Disturbed are generally categorized as nu-metal, they don't sound like all the other bands who have been jammed into that category. Frontman David Draiman has a very unique style of half-screaming, half-singing – mixed with a bit of monkey screeching – that takes the band into a category of their own. Unfortunately, this is a category the world might be better off without.

–Myles DeRosse

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