Disturbed: Asylum

The mad, bad, slightly sad world of David Draiman.

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Long past the nu-metal trappings of yore, Disturbed’s fifth

Here we have madness, death, betrayal, grief, war and global warming all spewed forth to a churning, battering riff-fest that is impressive in its focus and ferocity. Despite the odd glimmer of hope here and there, a happy and feelgood slice of singalong metal this ain’t. All of which would be fine in a downbeat and, ahem, mature kind of way were it not for the distinct lack of truly memorable tunes.

When the hidden cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For assaults your ears the stark contrast in songwriting quality makes you breath a mental sigh of relief – even if you can’t stand Bono and his pals.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.