3/5/2003 - Review by: Guest
Disturbed released the follow up to their 2000 double platinum debut, "The Sickness," with "Believe," a record which shows the band has greatly progressed and has shown that Disturbed are a force to be reckoned with in the world of metal.
"Believe" hit shelves in September 2002 and went platinum within a couple of months. The album has quite a few contrasts in comparison to its predecessor, "The Sickness." Quite a few electronic and processed sounds were evident on the first LP but on "Believe," that sound is almost completely abandoned leaving the four members of the band to pound your ears with their choppy riffs, brooding bass, thunderous drums and a vocal styling that can best be described as passive agressive.
David Draiman, frontman, shows that he's more than just the "monkey sound" with range, melody and more. Additionally, his aggression comes through in many of the songs on the disc. The blend of which is perfect. The disc itself has an underlying theme, and that theme is belief. Belief in mankind, the world, faith, etc. The idea of unity is heavily portrayed in songs like "Prayer" and "Believe." Other tunes range from a warcry for peace in the Middle East ("Liberate") to what the band likes to call their metal anthem in the song "Rise."