DISTURBED – Divisive (2022)
Since first arriving in 2000 with their debut album, DISTURBED has been a major force on the US alt-metal scene pumping out aggressive albums and scoring major success along the way. While modern-rock in song structure, the band always try to add some classic hard rock – their major influences – riffs into their music.
Some people say the sound of DISTURBED is the path Metallica should have taken two decades ago.
Now the band is releasing their eighth studio album, a record titled ”Divisive” exhibiting that signature Disturbed sound: churning guitar riffs, pounding drums and vocalist David Draiman’s unmistakable presence.
”Divisive” also features ‘Don’t Tell Me’, the first Disturbed song to feature a guest artist — and it’s none other than Ann Wilson of HEART!
Recent Disturbed albums were hobbled by the overabundance of softer tracts and ballads. With “Divisive” the boys are back and are bringing on the anthemic metal of their origins. Starting with “Hey You”, there are a lot of agressive, modern metal tracks here that are what Disturbed want.
Now are they breaking any new ground here? Not really. If you are a fan of the band you will like this. If not, perhaps you like it. There’s effective, short songs.
And if you don’t like this type of modern metal at all, give it a try just for one song alone: ”Don’t Tell Me”, a duet with Ann Wilson, singer of legendary Seattle rockers Heart, gives the casual listener a reason for repeat visits. It’s a great ballad, and Wilson shine, as usual.
01 – Hey You
02 – Bad Man
03 – Divisive
04 – Unstoppable
05 – Love to Hate
06 – Feeding the Fire
07 – Don’t Tell Me (feat. Ann Wilson)
08 – Take Back Your Life
09 – Part of Me
10 – Won’t Back Down
David Draiman // vocals
Dan Donegan // guitar / keyboards
John Moyer // bass
Mike Wengren // drums
Ann Wilson (Heart) // vocals