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The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band's imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band's messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn't been heard since the '60s--though there's little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed's world. Instead, Draiman laces the band's message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the "future of metal," and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they've lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with "Prayer," a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer's grandfather's death. --Jaan Uhelszki
I bought this CD for my son... he plays it non-stop. A little heavy for my taste, but a good quality product....more info
- One of the best metal records ever
Their sophomore release, Believe proves that Disturbed has the potential to last in the rock scene.
Both stylistically and qualitatively, Believe stands head and shoulders over the also-amazing The Sickness, their debut release. They trimmed the occasional but very awkward rapping from their songs, replacing it with more advanced concepts of melody and time. Perhaps largely because of this, Believe contains one of the best and most consistent song sets in modern heavy metal....more info
I got Believe when I heard "Liberate" on "Tony Hawk Underground 2".
I expected it to be heavy and angry like "The Sickness", but it turned out to be quiet and some songs almost sounded like pop!
If you let the entire CD play through you will find that after a while the songs begin to sound the same.
It does have it's strong points though. "Prayer" is one of those songs that echo through your head as you try to get to sleep.
The CD (Well the clean version anyway...) could propably be played at a church, as many of the songs deal with religion.
Just because you liked The Sickness doesn't mean you'll like "Believe". My advice would be to get to know two or three songs really well before you buy the CD. Thats my opinion anyway....more info
- Great Sophomore Album
Hands down, "Believe" is an excellent hard rock record that embraces metal influences and makes every song enjoyable (in contrast to their first rap-metal album). Their aren't really any true metal moments, and none of the musicians are off-the-wall extraordinary, but the music fits almost perfectly into a very well crafted album. On this album Disturbed doesn't try to be something they aren't (an industrial/rap-metal band) and the results are pleasing. Highly recommended to fans of hard-rock.
Bottom Line: Disturbed puts out a very solid hard rock record with this one with very little of "The Sickness"'s sound. Just wait until you hear the closer, "Darkness"! ...more info
After makeing a heavy cd like Sickness they release this garbage. They are becoming the next Staind, How you ask? Its simple they release this heavy cd and then they sell out by makeing this crud. If you ask me they turned their backs on the metal heads much like every other band is now a days i have never been more dissapointed in a band then i was in disturbed when i heard this album that has 1 maybe 2 good songs on it ...more info
- two stars for only two songs i liked
I only liked two songs on this album and thats prayer and liberate the rest i did'nt like, so this was a bad album from them....more info
- Disturbed CD
This CD is excellent! I had only heard a couple of the songs on there when I decided to purchase it. When I received it, I found that it was of good quality and loved it instantly. It's a great CD and band. I recommend it strongly....more info
- Not That Bad
I'm writing this review not as a fan & I don't hate them either. So this is what I think bout this album without being bias or prejudice.
First of all, this is the first album I've heard by Disturbed. At first listen I felt like all the songs sounds the same. But on the 2nd & the 3rd go, it just grows in you. When you get familiar with the tracks, the monotonous feeling will wear off to be replaced with possible addiction.
So listen to it over and over again until you get sick of hearing it. Then stop it & listen to something else for a change, you will feel satisfied.
As I told you earlier, this is a album, the more you listen to, the more it will grow in you & you'll end up liking it in the end.
The lyrics are not the greatest I've heard, but the songs are not that bad. 'Prayer' is absolutely the best track of the album, better than 'Liberate'. 'Intoxication' & 'Bound' are also some of my favorites & 'Darknes' is definietly a filler.
All in all not a bad second effort. Not the best album i've heard, but definitely does not fall in to the White Trash category either. (like Limpbiscuit or Paparoach)....more info
- Extremely different from The Sickness
Well, what can I say? This is a nu-metal album with little direction. The songs are very similar and Draidman's voice here is less than stellar. His voice is not as crisp and the songs follow a nu-metal structure. There is little originality that was present in The Sickness. And after 2 years of owning this, I never come back for it.
The good news is, I have the promo for Ten Thousand Fists and it seems like the songs are very catchy and Draidman's voice does shine here. It's still nu-metal but its something I'd much rather listen to. I suppose its just taste, but Disturbed is indeed a unique band with some kind of talent. Let's just consider this a sophomore slump.
One more thing, this is a good nu-metal album. If you are into nu-metal this is good. If you are a critic like me, this is not up to spar....more info
I am rather disappointed in this album. When Sickness came out I loved it. It was the best thing I've heard in quite a while (to my ears anyway). But when this came out it didn't have that gruff, heavy edge, which is exactly WHY I listen to Disturbed. Without that, they're just another clone of the pop-rock bubblegum crap you have to hear on the radio every time you turn it on. And, to add insult to injury, every song sounds exactly the same. Same cords, same drone-on guitar playing. Bleh....more info
- 2nd (?) CD
Mostly good stuff, nice video inlay on the CD. Not as good as CD's 1 and 3. I think they were feeling themselves out on this one....more info
- A Great Follow Up
I listen to this CD every time I go to lift... This CD really gets you in the mood with great vocals, guitars, and lyrics. This CD is for any music fan... it is a must have the cd shocked because I didn't excpet them to do as well as the first, but I see that Disturbed is here to stay!...more info
The Believe album is great for any Disturbed fans or rock fans. It's great quality and you hear the other songs aside from the big ones the band makes that are also just as good....more info
- Believe in the power of change...
`Believe' has to be one of my favorite rock albums ever released and I truly believe it to be one of the greatest albums in circulation today. When `The Sickness' was dropped Disturbed found themselves a large fan base. I was one who devoured their debut album and raved its potential. With `Believe' I feel validated in my praise for Disturbed morphed into a mature and brilliantly talented band. If you are expecting `The Sickness' redux then you are in for a shock. I think that was the problem with its lukewarm reception at first. I will admit that even I was a little put off by the abrupt change in the bands delivery. `Believe' is so much more polished and advanced than `The Sickness' it almost feels like a different band altogether. David Draiman confessed to taking singing lessons in order to unleash his true vocal potential and in attempt to savor his voice and not destroy it. This brings new life to `Believe' for his vocals are so smooth, so melodic and utterly beautiful to listen to that I'm fully convinced Draiman has one of if not the best voice in the industry.
`Believe' has a much more passionate approach than that taken on their debut album and it works beautifully here. On songs like `Remember' and `Mistress' the vocals, lyrics and musicianship bleed forth with dedication and devotion, engulfing the listener in a sea of emotions. Lyrically this album is much more mature than the preceding album, broaching deeper subjects and poetically maneuvering itself through the melodic brutality of each track.
The best tracks here embrace this newfound sound with ferocity. The most effective at this is none other than the goliath known as `Remember', a song that redefined the band known as Disturbed once and for all. Musically the track is flawless, with catchy riffs and that mind blowing double kick drum, but it's within the vocal delivery that `Remember' becomes more than just another song for Draiman's vocals are so overwhelmingly intoxicating one can't help but become absorbed. `Mistress' is another track that embraces this melodic side of Disturbed especially as the track comes to a close. The bridge is beautifully orchestrated and delivered. The title track `Believe' runs in this vein as well and works beautifully. It's `Devour' though that stands as one of the best tracks on the album, infusing the melodic overtones with some intricate guitar work and a chill inducing bridge where the vocals alone cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand.
The opening track `Prayer' is a good mixture of what they once were and who they have become. It carries the same power and intensity of heir work on `The Sickness' but appears more polished in its delivery. They do a superb job of staying balanced with quite a few tracks here. Following in this vein is `Awaken' which feels tailor made for radio play in attempt to draw new fans while keeping the old ones satisfied. Tracks like `Liberate' and `Intoxication' serve as the heaviest on the album, `Liberate' especially proving brutal and vulgar (in fact `Liberate' is the only track to sport the F-word, a word used in heavy rotation on their debut...yet another sign of their rowing maturity). `Intoxication' is probably the only track that sounds as if it belongs on `The Sickness'. Draiman resorts back to his grunts and crazed vocal style. To me it doesn't fit or mesh with the balance of the album but it's far from a deterrent.
`Rise' is a fast paced adrenaline rush but the bridge once again breathes a new kind of life into the track, elevating it to greatness. As Draiman asks "am I precious to you now" before the song breaks I found myself becoming attached to the song more and more. `Bound' runs along these lines too, staying heavy and fast paced but allowing the melodic apparel to familiarize itself with the track. `Breathe' sounds unlike any other track on the album. The guitar work is not like anything I've heard Disturbed offer and I must admit that at first I didn't like the track that much but the more I listen to the album (I always listen to this album straight through) I found myself really loving this track.
The closing track `Darkness' is beautiful. There is really no other way to describe it. Serene maybe, but simply put it is beautiful. It really shows the power behind David Draiman's vocals, the extraordinary talent he possesses.
I find myself a little saddened by their third album '10,000 Fists'. If it had been released as their sophomore album then maybe I would have enjoyed it much more for I would have only had `The Sickness' to compare it to, and both albums are similar in delivery. The problem for me is that Disturbed transcended the `nu-metal' genre and entered greatness with `Believe' and so to follow up this masterpiece with a backward step was painful for me. It's not that I don't enjoy the other side of Disturbed (in fact I gave their debut a 5-star review) but I just loved the advancement they made with this album and only wish they had built on this solid foundation instead of conforming to what was initially expected of them and returning to their original sound. Alas, there is always album number four. Until then `Believe' will be the album that defines this band for me....more info
- Believe its pretty good!
The lyrics are terrific in my opinion it has a somewhat spirtual message with edge. The songs are pretty deep and I love them!...more info
- keep takin your paxil
PAXIL MOTIVATED FOOLS WILL FALL FOR THIS CRAP METAL B.S. IF YOUR ROOTS ARE IN METAL AND ROCK OF THE 70S, THIS STUFF IS SERIOSLY SECOND RATE. BUT IF YOU ARE A PAXIL DRIVEN NU ROCK LOVER YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS. THOSE OF US WHO GREW UP ON NUGENT, SABBATH, KISS AND THE LIKE WILL LAUGH OUT LOUD. ...more info
This is probably the best cd i own.i love every song on here.my favorite song is liberate...more info
- best cd of them
After listening to all their Cds( including their last album indestructible) i can totally say this is the best Cd of them.
Songs like Believe, Remember, and Darkness have so much emotion and show a softer side, the singer can totally rock it without screaming ( doesn't he?) on he other hand songs like Prayer and Liberate have strenght and power on their sounds.
Buy it, good lyrics and sounds, Disturbed is a great band and this album shows their excellence.
- No sophomore slump for Disturbed
After "The Sickness", I'm not sure if anybody saw this album coming as far as the sound. David's voice really matured between records and it shows in the hits "Prayer" and "Remember". "Liberate", "Intoxication", and "Rise" are probably the most fast paced and heaviest songs you'll find on this record. One thing that I think probably shocked many people around the world was the closer on this album. "Darkness" has such a depressing lyrical meaning to it but at the same time is one of the most beautiful songs written. It gave me goosebumps when he reached the chorus. Very strong record. Although it is a new sound for Disturbed after "The Sickness" it proves to be a good change as this sound has stuck with them ever since and has brought them noting but success which is well deserved....more info
- One of the best ever
Great rock music mix with a great voice!!! Couldn't be better
You should get it....the sickness(disturbed first album) is also very good. Can't wait for the next one!!...more info
- To let them know
Disturbed were my very first concert, Music As A Weapon II, before the bassist Fuzz departed from the band, and this album sold them as my favorite band along with that amazing performance. The fact of the matter is, songs like Prayer have an eerie beauty about them, but you'll never get the experience until you hear an entire arena sing along to the chorus.
Having owned every Disturbed album the day it hit the streets, I can say The Sickness was a very good album, but fans of it will find a shocking change in Believe. Media critics will of course state that the album is identical to the last, and you can safely leave their opinions where they say the album belongs - in the trash.
The album overall takes a very complicated turn where The Sickness relied more on brute force, there are bursts of aggression, but the melodic swirling is most pronounced over the album. Whereas other bands remained in line with their original debuts, and then died down into obscurity, Disturbed amplified themselves into something new, in fact, Believe could be considered their concept album.
The reasoning behind this change, judging by statements from the band, is the death of the Singer's Grandfather and 9/11, which taking into account the music video for Prayer, is very likely true. The album places a large amount of focus on religion, the album art itself is a blend of symbols. This philosophical approach gives Believe a lyrical strength not many other bands can match, but it can get too absorbed in itself.
The songs cover more topics than religious philosophizing, swirling metal ballads like Rise speak to the listeners, and thundering songs like Intoxication roar about, oddly enough, it's title, with a broader meaning. Disturbed's choice of singles, unlike Ten Thousand Fists, speaks to the greatest strengths of the album, my favorite song "Remember", included, and I feel is Disturbed's best effort to date.
I'm going to summarize this, it's already very long, I'm a lifelong Metal fan at the age of twenty one, but Disturbed is literally the only recent metal band that I like. I think efforts like Believe solidify Disturbed as an influence on the future, and their talent never takes a break during this intelligent effort.
Highly recommended to older metal fans and even The Sickness fans who wanted a little something more....more info
- Nowhere near sickness but still outstanding
This album is nowhere near the aggresion and anger of sickness. But none the less its still great.
The best songs are Rise, Believe, Awaken, and Prayer. Theyre all pretty good except for Darkness.
Overall if you liked "The Sickness" go out and try this album.
MAKE SURE TO GET 10,000 FISTS SEPT.20TH...more info
- An AWESOME sophmore release
I have to admit the first time I listened to it I was very disappointed. I felt like they were losing their edge and turning into the next Staind. I didn't listen to it for a while till one day I came acrossed it again as I was going through some of my cds. I figured what the hell so I popped it in the player. The cd basically grew on me and now I appreciate it a lot more than I did. I have to agree with a reviewer on here, "The Sickness" had heavy music with an edge, but vocals weren't as deep. As far as "Believe," the vocals are very deep and meaningful, but the music isn't as edgy as the debut. The thing is though with bands you do need diversity so you are not putting out the same tunes as the last release. You may lose fans, but the true diehards will stay with you and you'll also pick up new fans too. I feel as if "The Sickness" built the foundation and this album is definately expanding on that foundation. I can't wait for their new release, heard sometime Spring 2005. Anyways definately pick this cd up, it's money well spent. It may take a couple of spins but I believe you will appreciate it for the masterpiece that it is.
My fav. tracks= Prayer, Liberate, Remember, Breathe, Devour, hell I like them all :) ...more info
- Good CD.
Much better than the first album, but lots of the songs sound the same.
1. Prayer 10/10
2. Liberate 9/10
3. Awaken 6/10
4. Believe 7/10
5. Remember 9/10
6. Intoxication 6/10
7. Rise 8/10
8. Mistress 6/10
9. Breathe 6/10
12.Darkness 8/10...more info
- Great Music
This is much more mature than their previous release. The lyrics and music are much better. If you want a CD thats nothing but pure testosterone, with sloppy chords and sloppy playing this probably isnt for you. If you want to hear the artsier side of disturbed, you may want to give this one a listen....more info
- David is a rock GOD
I should have written a review for this a long time past, but I was just listening to this CD this weekend and it got me thinking that I really need to do this now. This CD is a big step in another direction from their debut CD 'The Sickness' and I feel that it was a step in a good direction. Don't get me wrong, their debut was mind-blowing, and it still is, but this CD shows much much much growth as a rock icon. The opener 'Prayer' is classic Disturbed. 'Believe' is the start of the growth. You can see the difference here than in their previous work. Davids odd screams are gone, which may lose some of their origonal fans, but if you think about it this is a way for David to showcase his voice, and what a voice he has. My favorite track is 'Remember' which I feel is the anthem for this band. If they take that song and say, this is our sound, they will rock their third CD. Other highlights are 'Mistress'. Great song, especially the bridge which makes the hair stand on my neck. Coming in close second in my lists of favorites is 'Devour'. The bridge to this song, the whole "Run!" part is just briliiant. David took voice lessons before recording this album. It shows. This is one amazing album, from open to close. It's a must have for any fan of rock music, period....more info
- Disturbed claims title as best metal band on the market
If The Sickness was true artwork, Believe is their masterpiece. Deeper, more personal, and with broader themes than the debut, Believe challenges the listener to do just that. But more importantly, it asks, why?
Draiman has toned down his primitive hunter act, but is still very emotional. He seems more focused, more contemplative. This almost makes him scarier, because his not so obvious about his emotions. The rest of the band has improved as well, with bigger and more varied instrumentals.
Prayer-beautiful song. Is it a reaction to Sept. 11? A conversation between Draiman and God? It's both. Draiman attaches you emotionally to the song early and holds that attachment until the final power chord. "Another dream that will never come true just to compliment your sorrow. Another life that I'm taking from you, lost in time on the edge of suffering." Pure poetry. "Let me enlighthen you. This is the way I pray. Living just isn't hard enough. Burn me alive inside." How many of us have felt that way? By the way, MTV wouldn't play the video because of its violent (?) content, and Disturbed refused to edit it.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERS! APPLAUSE AND CHEERS!
Liberate-right wing America, now hear this. That's all I got to say.
Believe-the heart of the album. Haunting vocals and images with an emotional explosion at the end. Challenges the listener to act on their beliefs and not just believe ("All you believe, cannot atone your sins.") and really makes you think, do I REALLY BELIEVE what I have been told all my life. "You reap your life, like you want to, recognize all you've come to. Reap your life, live in shadow. Recognize, faces of the crucified." Whoa.
The Darkness-Death is the theme of this song. Very sad and utterly beautiful. A song anybody who's lost someone can identify with this song. "Don't turn away. I need your strength to get me through this." You truly feel sympathy for Draiman.
An awesome and inspriring CD. Now, turn off that Nelly and listen to some real music! ...more info
- Could have been better
Disturbed seems to have lost their aggression here. Much different than The Sickness, Believe is a much softer album, and really that is all I can say about it. I got bored with it after the first two or three songs. It is by no means bad music, it just does not live up to the standards Disturbed set for themselves with The Sickness....more info
- Believe-Disturbed Review
This song will confuse you. I came across the song while going through the whole CD, and decided it was the best one on it. The writer of the song, David Draiman, has written many others that have a deep meaning to them. He was never very connected to his family; so most of his songs are sad or angry. In this one it seems that he is tired of the way his life is going and wants to connect with someone. To others the song might seem suicidal, or a plee for help. It's not. The song has nothing to do with that. The song is about his past and what he thinks of it. Clearly, this song isn't for everyone, but people need to hear it. People, everyone, can relate to it in some way. Everyone should know how he feels and what this song is about. You need to realize that you really are standing on the brink of your own demise, and that you're in a nightmare. You need to have that told to you, but also be told that everyone else is in the exact same spot as you, everyday, in some way. You need to listen to this song to realize your own predicament in life. This song means more than it seems, even if it seems confusing. David had a purpose in writing and singing it, and anyone who listens needs to know that....more info
- In ur face rock!
Disturbed rocks. They have a weird style of music and thats what makes them a little bit cooler than other bands. But dude, The singer seriously needs to lose the stupid chin rings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info