Regular readers of the reviews at dangerdog.com already know of my reluctance to review modern American rock and metal. When I heard glimpses of Disturbed's new album 'Indestructible' I was just a little bit intrigued. I heard great melody, interesting vocal harmonies, and, if you can believe it, some thrilling guitar work. All this is uncharacteristic of mainstream American rock and metal. A band that actually has a guitarist that can play a solo? I almost fell off my chair! Before you (or me) get to enthusiastic, you must remember that 'Indestructible' still tends towards the current musical trends in America. However, there are some moments of hope here.
Those moments of hope revolve around the aforementioned characteristics. David Draiman's vocals, though mostly raw and staccato, are incredibly clear and reverbant. In tune with the rest of the band, Draiman and company add some very good vocal arrangements. This especially notable on 'Inside The Fire' and 'Enough.' Disturbed definitely verges upon melodic rock and metal, though very heavy at times, throughout 'Indestructible' as found on the title track and also 'Inside The Fire,' 'The Night,' 'Haunted' and 'Facade.' What is of particular interest to me is the fine guitar work of Dan Donegan; he can actually play a guitar solo. And he does it with acumen and skill. But all is not perfect on this work. As you move along, there is a certain repetition. Count as Disturbed's signature and listen on.
'Indestructible' is an unexpected accomplishment from Disturbed. They venture into melodic hard rock and metal wrapped in a heavy motif. I remember a coworker years ago who went on and on about their 'Believe' album, a horrid and homogenous work of music and religion. 'Indestructible' is far better. And Disturbed finally is getting it: you can bring modern rock, but bring the melody and the solid fret work too. Can I say it: recommended.
American rockers Disturbed are finally getting it even if their peers are not: you can bring modern and heavy rock with melody and genuine guitar work to the stage. Yes, there are clean vocals and true guitar solos and great vocal arrangements on 'Indestructible.' Maybe there is hope for modern American rock and metal.