Believe

Believe

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by Disturbed
     
 

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From the moment the jagged riffing of "Prayer" begins to pour out of the speakers, one thing is quite clear: Disturbed has learned to cut the fat. Their first record was a massively heavy affair, but at times the music was mired in somewhat needless passages. But on Believe, Disturbed takes the sort of jump that their heroes in …  See more details below

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From the moment the jagged riffing of "Prayer" begins to pour out of the speakers, one thing is quite clear: Disturbed has learned to cut the fat. Their first record was a massively heavy affair, but at times the music was mired in somewhat needless passages. But on Believe, Disturbed takes the sort of jump that their heroes in Soundgarden and Pantera made after their respective breakthrough records. No longer depending on the choppy tempos and percussion-based riffing of the past, guitarist Dan Donegan has made great strides in expanding their sound to include more varied guitar work all around. Take the title track, which moves from a brutal chug to a sweeping chorus that suddenly stops in its tracks and turns into a winding riff that recalls the work of vintage James Hetfield. It's great stuff, the kind of audible theatrics that makes good heavy metal so visceral and potent. Draiman makes an appreciated and notable effort to stretch his vocal boundaries as well, and his performance is one of the most improved of the band. His clear wail is a more emotive vessel this time, while his gravel-throated bark still adds the trademark harsh element to the sound. All of this adds up to a deeply melodic, at times even beautiful treatment of the genre; the kind of record that makes a metalhead proud to be a metalhead. Highlights include the epic and slightly tragic "Remember," Draiman's savage yammering on "Liberate," the dynamic flip-flopping between razor-sharp aggression and spiritual contemplation on "Rise," and the understated power ballad "Darkness." Certain songs do sound a bit too much like other bands for their own good, but this is out of hero worship more than a lack of originality and doesn't affect anything significantly. In the end, Believe is a satisfying slab of aggression from front to back, filled with enough muscle and brains to render the minor faults irrelevant. Where many of the bands that came out at the same time have proved to be one-album wonders, Believe is proof positive that Disturbed is a force of metal that's here to stay.

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Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
Believe represents a skillful, if calculated, variation on the melodrama-meets-mayhem formula that has been driving the most commercially successful new metal in recent years... At last, new metal has its answer to Depeche Mode's Black Celebration.
Entertainment Weekly - Josh Tyrangiel
No nü-metal sounds on this Chicago band's solid second album, just old-fashioned drum bombs and Master of Puppets-era guitar fuzz. (B-)

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Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624832027
catalogNumber:
48320
Rank:
4013

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Believe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
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DEMONTHE7TH More than 1 year ago
Disturbed finally developed it's own sound instead of sticking with one similar to the likes of Korn and numorous heavy metal bands. They have deeper lyrics compared to last time around. No longer are we dropping plates on anyones backsides or mentioning being in the house like some forgettable 80's rapper. Thank god. I wasn't too thrilled with the rap rock portions of "The Sickness." Plus, as another listener mentioned, Draiman had a surgery on his vocals so that he can actually sing now and not just growl. I'm in love with the songs 'Awaken' and 'Remember'. Their newest album, "Asylum," is also legendary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Distrubed's new Disc is not nearly as good as the Sickness. This one is a bit to bubble gum and I think they are trying to go after a bigger audience with this one. Where are the songs that made Sickness so great? I am disappointed in this and wanted something a bit more harder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
just got the album and if you think "the sickness" was great, just wait'll you hear this one. the new one from disturbed is way better than before, every rock fan should buy it. it will be stuck in your head forever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I was not wheater to buy the CD or not but when I did, one word sums it up: AMAZING. Many different sounds and great rythem make this CD a must buy for anyone, espcially fans of Disturbed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before reading anything else, you need to know that this CD is definitely worthy of the Disturbed name. However, being, in my opinion, one of the best heavy metal bands to come around in years, I was expecting Disturbed to give us an album with as much high-power, raw energy that The Sickness had. I found myself somewhat disappointed in this area, as many songs on Believe, while definitely heavy, just don't have that extra "oomph" in the guitar that put The Sickness over the top, with a few exceptions, such as Liberate. For the most part though, the anger driven energy present in The Sickness has subsided, and in its place is a band evolved. David Draiman's already impressive vocal skill has improved, as is evident throughout the entire CD, but especially in Darkness, where Disturbed proves that they too can do mellow. There is more variety in Believe than there is on The Sickness, which, depending on your taste, may be a good or bad thing. The "flaws" that I have pointed out can easily be attributed to the simple evolution of the band (look at what Korn has done - Untouchables isn't nearly as heavy as Life Is Peachy), and I doubt that many people will find it a problem. Traces of The Sickness can still be found, just not in the obvious screaming, gutteral manner that Disturbed's first album boasted. All in all, this is a CD that is more than solid, and well worth the money you'll dish out for it. Fans of Disturbed, while maybe a little surprised, will not for the most part be disappointed, and fans of the genre will find that this is a CD that is worth keeping in the CD player for a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good album but not a patch on their first which is a stunning record
Guest More than 1 year ago
Believe is very thin.. As much as the pre-hype touted how hard the band rocked, this CD is like a half deflated balloon.. I don't know what the hell the singer was thinking on this one.. He turned into an attempted vocalist instead of the screamer we all liked on "The Sickness" Chicago music rocks, but this one is a letdown..
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great album. im only allowed to give it five stars but i'd give it eleven out of ten. all of the songs on this cd are are just like the songs on the previous cd but better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sickness was great for what it was. Disturbed decided to take a turn at putting out a more structured CD, shedding a lot of the raw power present on the first release. If you really have any sort of appreciation for deep lyrics, melodic vocals and music, you will find this to be one of the better releases of this year. If you expect more screaming and heavier riffs, stick with The Sickness, otherwise you will be disappointed. You can't really blame a group for wanting to evolve and put out something a little different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reason I gave disturbed four stars because the rock was better than the first one. My top three songs from the CD were Prayer, Awaken, and Rise. And once again 4 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder where Metallica's edge and rage went? We've found it! The things that made Metallica stand out from the crowd are what Disturbed has in its possession. Passion, originality, rage and a knack for delivering a subliminal message about the state of our society. "Prayer" is a solid opening track, but the standout song here is "Remember". While more polished and refined than "Sickness", what we see here from Disturbed is a natural progression of a good band becoming great! A powerful, compelling, hard to resist jackhammer of an effort that will leave you sweating and out of breath at it's end. Prepare for the onslaught!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not a bad album, but not the best. It has it's good points ("Prayer", "Remember"), but some of the songs I just can't get into. My favorite song is the slow but sadistic, "Darkness." It rocks without being heavy at all. I had this album burned for me, I wouldn't buy it. Thanks for reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is worth your money
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, i am going to have to disagree with the other reviews of this cd, because it is simply unbelievable. It shows incredible versatility that was missing from The Sickness, while also remaining true to the band's hard-core roots. Draiman's vocal ability is absolutely amazing, and in "darkness" particularly, he shines. With this much talent, the band would not be true to themselves if they didn't explore different sounds and allow their sound to mature, which is what they've done, and they have done it VERY well. Every song is amazing, so you should definitely check this out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sickness was filled with songs that you can STILL hear on the radio such as "Down with the Sickness" and "Stupify". This CD, Believe, was quite different. Disturbed went from nu metal to alternative metal. David's voice had certainly gone very vocal, but the change in genres made this CD not as good as the first. It could've been so much better if they used the mix of alternative and nu metal like in The Sickness. There are so many spots where shouting could've made it better, especially "Bound". Basically, its a good CD but could've been better if Disturbed went the Sickness direction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album suprised me when all the songs on here were good unlike other albums where the majority of the songs were not so good
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't hear anything about this CD. I just ran into it in the store. I liked the first a lot so I took a chance and bought the second. I haven't stopped listening to it yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bought this cd and it rocks! i dont regret buying it at all. the best song ever is "bound" but every song is awewsome!!! BUY IT NOW OR DIE
Guest More than 1 year ago
whoops i meant the song "breathe" but bound is chill too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disturbed is a very cool band. the best part is they're unique, and in the second album they don't scream all the time, not to say that screaming is a bad thing, but it makes it easier to listen to around weary parents, lol. Unique Drums too, I am a drummer of 2 years, and love it. an inspiring CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs on the album were good, which wasn't the case on The Sickness. All the songs are heavy, some with a little peacful elements, like Awaken and Darkness. All around great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always been a bit picky when it comes to music; And it is a rare thing when I find a CD that I can listen to from beginning to end, and not feel the need to skip to the next song. This CD is one of the rarities, that shows us the flexibility and capability of Disturbed to put out an amazing album. This is a must have, even if you're not a big Disturbed fan; it does not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had this CD for two years now and it is still my favorite!! Awesome sounding singing and not much really harsh screaming or electronics, which were the two things that dragged Disturbed's decent first album, "The Sickness" down. Awesome guitar, awesome vocals, awesome everything. I seriously suggest picking this one up.