Believe Explicit Lyrics, Enhanced
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After the double-platinum, Top 30 success of Y2K's The Sickness, the Chicago metal quartet Disturbed is back with a much-anticipated sophomore album. Believe is more of everything that made the band's debut album such a phenomenon - more melodic, more intense, more metal, even more powerful. Says the band: "In an age of nothing, at a time when we stand at the brink of our own destruction - strengthen your belief, in yourself, in the future of humanity, in the things of this world which cannot easily be perceived...When it seems that all you have left are the dead remnants of the fabric of your life - Believe." The enhanced portion of the CD includes the video for the single "Prayer," which you WON'T see on MTV!
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
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"Believe" is NOT a reprise of "The Sickness"; in fact, some of the songs sound so different from those of the first album, it is almost shocking. "Devour" was such an instance of utter surprise for me, and not an entirely pleasant one at that: it is, after all, a ballad (yikes!), and it seems so completely at odd with the rest of the album, I'm still debating on whether or not I like it at all.
Generally, "Believe" does not have quite as hard a sound as "The Sickness" did, but that does not make it any less powerful. What the album lacks in sheer aggressivity, it compensates for with more maturity: the anger and darkness are still present, but in subtler tones and shades of grey. David Draiman's vocals are more melodic and, without much of the rawness that characterized "The Sickness", give many of the songs on "Believe" a more melancholy feel.
Overall, "Believe" is an excellent album that is sure to please the most discerning alternative / nu metal fans.
This album, however, is a very pleasant surprise. It stands high above the majority of nu-metal bands. Unlike most bands, Disturbed has a clear own sound. They allready showed some of this with their debut "The sickness". Now, with "Believe", they expand and improve on it.
Guitars, drums and bass (yes you can actually hear the bass!) are all quite good, together creating their own, unique sound. Don't expect incredible firework or solo's though.
However, the thing that takes Disturbed to a higher level are the vocals of David. He's without a doubt one of the best singers in today's music scene. Not only has he an amazing voice, going from thundering and majestic to very soft and tender, he also comes up with beautifull singlines and powerfull lyrics. Just compare Davids majestic voice to the singer of Linkin Park blurting out "I wanna heeeeeal I wanna feeeeeel". There's no competition.
The combination of these 4 elements result in some iron-strong songs such as "Prayer", "Breathe", "Rise", and the beautifull song "Remember". Especially the latter sounds very epic and haunting, despite the fact it's running time is only 4 minutes. After 11 songs, varying from heavy to more melodic, the album ends in a perfect way with the beautifull acoustic "Darkness".
"Believe" proves that not all Nu-metal is immature crap, as long as the musicians are ready to expand their horizons and stop repeating all cliché's over and over again (like Linkin Park did with Meteora).
I really recommend this album, even if you're not into metal. The strong melodies will surely get you hooked.
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What Is This? When I bought this CD, I thought that there was perhaps another band, also called Disturbed, unfortunately no. This is a shame. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2006 by Joey
j'ai les 2 cds de disturbed pis cé du criss de bon beat ca buche en tabarnack pis ldernier y va etre malade tete aussi hey hey!!Published on Sept. 16 2005 by LiL_mag_beer
another good headbanger but this cd does not live up to sickness but its still very goodPublished on March 9 2005
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!!
First thing: I LOVE this band. Can't call it metal, but can't call it light, either. I'd definitely say it's alternative. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by dee electric penguin
I'm a big Disturbed fan and I have a lot of respect for David. The point is that this cd sucks. In the first cd, the sounds and guitar work gave Disturbed a dark, creepy edge. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Embry
One of the best work out cds ever. If this doens't get you pumped up I don't know what will.Published on June 21 2004
The first Distrbed CD was a new sound on the scene that really kicked butt. It was very heavy, hard and crunched. It was also quite dark. Read morePublished on June 16 2004