Written by Alex Stojanovic
Love To Hate
Feeding The Fire
Don't Tell Me (feat. Ann Wilson)
Take Back Your Life
Part Of Me
Won't Back Down
Release Date: November 18, 2022
Label: Reprise Records
David Draiman - Vocals / Dan Donegan - Guitars / John Moyer - Bass / Mike Wengren - Drums
Getting into the album, right from the get-go with the one-two punch of "Hey You" and "Bad Man", Disturbed's classic sound comes punching through with David Draiman's signature staccato vocal style, giving old-school fans a wave of nostalgia. The man is clearly a master of creating some of the most memorable vocal hooks of all time, and being able to go from mesmerizing cleans to the aggressive gritty snarl. Dan Donegan also never fails to deliver on the riffs that get heads bobbing in bodies moving in some form. It goes without saying that one of the album's brightest spots is "Don't Tell Me", the album's power ballad, which also features guest vocals from the one and only Ann Wilson of Heart. Hearing two of rock's greatest voices harmonizing always turns on the shiver machine, and it runs into overdrive.
Now, the only issue is that it can get a little difficult to tell some songs apart, particularly from the intros. There's nothing wrong with the songs themselves, but once the intros start, it can be a little difficult to distinguish them from other tracks until the vocals kick in. Examples include "Unstoppable", "Love To Hate" and "Part Of Me". All great songs, but the intros in these songs sound similar to each other. Disturbed are obviously not out on a quest to convert any detractors, but 25 years later, the sickness is still rolling strong. I'll always be a fan, and the first five records will always hold a special place for me. While their post-hiatus output seems to have a slippery grip on me, Divisive is the one that seems to have one that's slightly tighter, though not as tight as Believe, Ten Thousand Fists, Indestructible and Asylum do. That being said, Divisive is a welcome return to their traditional roots, even if it doesn't quite hit the bulls-eye, but Disturbed still have plenty of fuel in the tank.
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