I'm not a big fan of Nu-metal. Generally speaking these are immature bands with a whining singer screaming on top of his voice, forgettable guitar-work, no bass, simple beats, and repeating every cliché KoRn originally came up with.
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.