Song of the Week: Disturbed "The Vengeful One"
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:03:38
Chicago heavy metal heroes deliver massive first single from return album Immortalized out August 21
Disturbed returned at the perfect time. Heavy metal and hard rock greatly deserved an injection of the kind of energy that only the Chicago multi-platinum foursome—David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass]—can bring. It had been a quiet four years and the hiatus officially ends with the release of the single "The Vengeful One." It's the first track to be released from their forthcoming sixth full-length, Immortalized [Reprise/Warner Bros. Records], out August 21, and it's truly among their biggest and best anthems. It's got a stadium-size prowess that just can't be shaken, firmly solidifying them amongst metal's brightest voices Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Pantera with a big bang.
"The Vengeful One" commences on a menacingly catchy open drum beat from Wengren before Donegan's incisive and infectious riffing takes hold. Draiman sounds fierce on the verses just prior to delivering an undeniably entrancing bridge that leads up to the refrain, "I'm the hand of God." It's a muscular wallop of power that immediately punches at all the right spots. You won't be able to shake it after one listen, like all great Disturbed tracks.
This is an important moment for hard rock. Disturbed stood at the forefront of the new vanguard, and they've proven that they're just as vibrant, vital, and vicious as ever coming back. The response to the song illuminates the importance of this style of music too, as it's already garnered a staggering number of YouTube plays, and the band released it and returned as a total surprise. There's a passion and a fervor for heavy music out there. It's not something the media showcases enough and even as pop culture denies it, it only grows stronger. Disturbed is proof. They've returned with a vengeance and their strongest work so far.
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'Immortalized' from Disturbed is released August 21, 2015 on Reprise Records.