Written by Alex Mrkonjic
Are You Ready
A Reason To Fight
In Another Time
Stronger On Your Own
Hold On To Memories
Saviour Of Nothing
Watch You Burn
The Best Ones Lie
The Sound Of Silence (Live) (feat. Myles Kennedy) (Bonus track)
This Venom (Bonus track)
Are You Ready (Sam De Jong Remix) (Bonus track)
Uninvited Guest (Bonus track)
Release Date: October 19, 2018 Label: Warner Bros. Music
David Draiman - Vocals / Dan Donegan - Guitars / John Moyer - Bass / Mike Wengren - Drums
The album kicks off with the strong lead single “Are You Ready”, a typical Disturbed song with an amazing solo from guitarist Dan Donegan. Any fan of classic Disturbed will instantly like this song, except for the constant repeating of the phrase “get up!” at the beginning of the song. If you are hoping for a repeat of previous albums, you will be greatly disappointed, however there are plenty of heavy hitters on this record to please you. Aside from the lead single, we also have “No More”, “In Another Time”, “Stronger On Your Own”, “Saviour Of Nothing” and by far my favourite song on the album “The Best Ones Lie”. The aforementioned “Saviour Of Nothing” is particularly interesting. The pacing is good and features drummer Mike Wengren at his best with an awesome drum fill during the bridge, and immediately afterwards, another great solo from Dan Donegan.
Now, I don’t mind ballads, but there comes a time where there is just too many on one album, and sadly that is the case here. “A Reason to Fight” is a very powerful song about addiction and depression, and easily the best one on the album. “Watch You Burn” is also a good one as well, however for me, the song title was very misleading. I figured at first I would get another heavy hitter and amped myself up for it, but was a little miffed that it was another ballad. However, I grew to like the song, so it made the sting a little easier. After a while though, I was getting tired of "heavy song - ballad - heavy song - ballad" pattern. I felt like they could have done an acoustic EP instead and maybe have one or two ballads, but that is just my opinion. I also can’t tell you how many times I had to look at the name of the song again because after a while, they started to sound the same. I'm not saying the songs suck because most of them are quite good, with a few that I pass over.
If you buy the deluxe version of the album you also get a couple new tracks in “This Venom”, “Uninvited Guest”, a remix of “Are You Ready” and a live version of “The Sound Of Silence” which features Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge fame. Honestly, there isn’t much here. “This Venom” and “The Sound Of Silence” are worth the listen, but the other two, I passed over because the remix of “Are You Ready” was just awful and “Uninvited Guest” is (you guessed it) another ballad!
If you are hoping for something different from this new album, then you will not be disappointed. However, while I don’t mind ballads on an album, I have to admit, I don’t want four or five of them. I feel like that would have been better suited as an acoustic EP. Evolution is definitely an appropriate title for this new record. Whether you like it or not is up to you. Look for Disturbed coming to your city in 2019 with support from Three Days Grace.
Final Rating: 7.8/10
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