Retroactive Classic: Disturbed 'The Sickness'
Wed, 06 May 2015 11:20:47
Why the 15-year-old metal debut from the Chicago titans is a landmark…
Disturbed's major label debut The Sickness [Reprise] just turned 15-years-old this year. Its influence continues to reverberate throughout hard rock and heavy metal to this day, and that's why it's a classic for this century. The Chicago outfit, featuring vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren at the time, burst out of the Windy City with an edge of their own. Their explosive aural concoction was bolstered by the radio success of "Stupify," which merged an industrial snap, heavy metal grit, and funk bounce into a bona fide modern anthem. The group seamlessly fused influences as sparse as Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, and Pantera into a succinct, slick attach of their own, eventually reaching quadruple platinum status and hitting OZZfest multiple times as well as tours with Korn, Slipknot, and more.
When you take a closer listen to The Sickness, which we are suggesting you do immediately, you'll find a deep, dark, and definitive body of work for the genre. It helped elevate producer Johnny K too, showing a sonic richness and ability to merge textures. An ominous clean guitar strum ignites opener "Voices" before the group's striking and soon-to-be signature bounce begins. Draiman steps up to the mic with the confidence of a true metal god announcing, "Someone is gonna die when you listen to me." You can't help but believe him.
This record had the same game-changing impact of Korn's debut. The "Dan Donegan Orchestra," as Draiman likes to refer to it, was in full effect during the trippy synth intro to "The Game," while that immortal Mike Wengren drum beat at the beginning of "Down with the Sickness" is a hard rock landmark.