Loudwire brings you 6 things we love Disturbed‘s new album Divisiveout today (Nov. 18) The disorder has promised that this is a return to early form for them, a la “ooo-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh” Down with the disease form and we are happy to report that it does not disappoint.
Disturbed have been part of the core of alternative metal since they burst onto the scene in the late 90s. They have evolved and experimented with a variety of sounds in their eight studio albums since then and have always been successful in maintaining and expanding their fan base. But when the pandemic scuppered plans for their 20th anniversary tour to celebrate their debut album, Disturbed has refocused their signature sound, and it fits perfectly with their “wake up call” message to the world.
Let’s break down what’s inside the first new album in four years from Disturbed with 6 Things We Love About Divisive.
Non-stop Head Banging
From the opening track “Hey You” to the one ballad on the record, your neck gets a workout. There is no doubt that the guitarist’s battery Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren was on a mission to create a badass groove throughout Divisive. David Draiman noted that they went back to the “poly-syncopated” sound, which can best be described as a sense of the beat tripping over itself. That’s the beat in “Down With The Sickness.” But that doesn’t stop a bullet train-like momentum from taking over the record. If you make this your album you listen to at the gym, you’ll be wrecked after three songs.
Speaking with Loudwire Weekend host Todd Fooks, Donegan says Draiman improvised the chorus of “Bad Man” while playing the riff for him. Genius. It’s classic rhythmic scatting from their leader, and it might just be the catchiest vocal riff from the record. Whoever this “Bad Man” (who appears to be both an a-hole and searching for redemption at the same time) is, he gets the full Disturbed treatment and is a joy to sing along to.
The message of Divisive is problem-free with the music
We know this isn’t the first time you’ve heard a hard rock band come out with an “anti-cancellation culture” or “we’re killing each other on social media” or “politics is tearing us apart” since the age of COVID-19. On Divisive, Disturbed joins a number of groups that have done a pretty good job of channeling the suffering and frustrations of the pandemic era into song. But it never feels preachy here. Whether you agree with everything they have to say or not, Draiman’s lyrical message throughout Divisive adding the perfect point to an already sharp musical blade.
The way Dave sings “Me” as “May” on the title track “Divisive”
“You don’t want to listen to maaaay, you don’t want to talk to maaaay.” And then it rhymes reali-tay in the next line. Fantastic.
They got arguably the greatest female rock singer of all time to duet with David
Ann Wilson from Heart duets with David on the power ballad “Don’t Tell Me”. It comes as a surprise considering the brutality of the first six songs on the record, but it’s an excellent addition. Marking their first-ever guest vocalist on a Disturbed studio album, Draiman told Toni Gonzales in a recent Loudwire nights interview, “She’s the best. There’s nobody… I think… that ever lived that has the kind of voice that Ann has.” From the first brooding guitar notes of “Don’t Tell Me” to the climax, Draiman and Anne blend together for an epic downshift to Divisive.
“The Guy” is back
Disturbed’s fiery mascot is back on the cover of divisive, and it is a welcome sight. Tearing off the metaphorical chains of society-induced oppression, “The Guy” isn’t afraid to sacrifice a bit of his skin for freedom. Welcome back bro.
Listen to some of Divisive‘s excellent tracks below, and also enter to win a signed Schecter Diamond Series guitar from Disturbed here, signed by the entire band. And be sure to catch Dan Donegan talking with Todd Fooks on Loudwire Weekends tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m. ET, streaming here or on Loudwire app.
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