Some bands get better with time, they mature, like good cheese, evidently DISTURBED is one of those bands. ‘Indestructible’ is the latest offering from the Hard Rock quartet and it lives up to it’s title. ‘Indestructible’ contains all the hall marks of DISTURBED albums of the past without growing stale. It shows the band have learnt their strengths and really raised the bar in terms of complexity and maturity. David Draiman’s vocals have been honed to provide the savage edge he is known for, as well as the melodic semi-sweet soaring style he has perfected through time. But that’s not where it ends. There is something else this time around, dificult to put your finger on but there it is, he has learned to use his voice as an istrument to guide a song rather than just acompany it. In addition his lyricism seems to just gather momentum and move from strength to strength.
Once again Dan Donegan has been stretching his legs on guitar and shows his flare on tracks like Torn, Facade and of course the monster single Inside The Fire. He shows he isn’t just a run of the mill metal-head but an acomplished composer, and lets face it, he can shred with the best of them and just plain kicks arse!
Not to be overlooked is the progression behind the drum kit. Mike Wengren keeps it tight and driving from start to finish with powerful and catchy hits. The surprising technicality of his timing also strikes you imediately as he shows his class once again.
Last but certainly not least is the melodical bass lines thrown down by relative newcomer John Moyer. He was credited as bass tracks on the previous album but this time around he is a fully functional memeber. He has found his place perfectly in the band and brings a fresh sound that was missing on early albums.
For my money ‘Indestructible’ is the best DISTURBED album yet for its melody, heaviness, power and passion. It is evidence of a band that started off on the verge of cheese-rock and has walked that line and learned the lessons. If this is the future for DISTURBED, the future looks good.
Review by Darryl Kemp