First Reaction: Disturbed 'Immortalized'
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:48:44
Chicago hard rock juggernaut ready to land back at the top with sixth album.
It's been five years since Disturbed unleashed Asylum, their last full-length album before taking a hiatus. So, when the news came that the Chicago outfit—David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass]—had readied a new body of work, it delighted the hard rock world exponentially. In their absence, nobody has taken that vacant spot at the genre's top, filling the shoes of the group whose last four albums all debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Of course, bands have vied for the crown, but none could claim the same arena-filling status.
Seemingly out of the blue, Disturbed announced album number six, Immortalized [Reprise Records], and now it's arriving on shelves Friday August 21. Immortalized stands out as 13 tracks of robust, raw, and real rock evocative of their breakthrough debut The Sickness but emblematic of the metallic precision and scope of Asylum. In that sense, these four musicians conjure the ultimate Disturbed album to date.
The clean guitar instrumental "The Eye of the Storm" tempers a bluesy lead with a stark hum, setting the stage for the drilling groove of the title track. Draiman's voice echoes with an orchestral prowess bolstered by Donegan's deft leads and jackhammer riffs. Each rhythm drives a near danceable bounce home that's perfect for the pit. It's an a propos opener for Immortalized.
Listen to "Immortalized" from Disbturbed: