The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band's imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band's messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn't been heard since the '60s--though there's little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed's world. Instead, Draiman laces the band's message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the "future of metal," and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they've lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with "Prayer," a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer's grandfather's death. --Jaan Uhelszki
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(evilsmiley) from CALDWELL, ID
Reviewed on 9/9/2011...
Love this cd. had to hide it from my daughter. lol
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(3.5 stars) Definitely not their best album, but a nice slab
William Dorfer | 07/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being a huge fan of both "Ten Thousand Fists" and "Indestructible", it's interesting to compare how Disturbed has grown with those albums in comparison to this one, "Believe". I think that the band grew a lot since this album, but all in all, "Believe" is still a good hard-rock album.
I'm glad that I decided to listen to this album all the way through, because about halfway through I thought that all the songs were beginning to sound mediocre. Never mind that they were beginning to sound similar, because Disturbed songs can tend to sound similar to each other. However, I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars because even though the middle, 4 songs were weaker than the first and last 4, the first and last 4 were indeed good.
"Prayer" and "Liberate" are the two big hits off the album, both containing catchy rock grooves, nice melodies and heavy guitar riffs and drums. "Awaken" has some nice heavy guitar riffs throughout, with softer verses that build up, showing the band has skilled songwriting. The title track, "Believe", has a 3/4 rhythm, which gives the song a nice swaying feel to it and David's vocals are absolutely beautiful and melodic! But probably the biggest and certainly most pleasant surprise is the closing song, "Darkness". With most of the album being quite heavy, this ballad, featuring a strings section and a piano, with some of David's absolute best vocals ever...this song is a true work of musical art!
So while this album isn't Disturbed's best, it's certainly got quite a few songs on it that will be a great listen! Thanks for the time, and peace."