Disturbed

Ten Thousand Fists

There's a menacing edge buried somewhere beneath Disturbed's bludgeoning riffs and howling vocals; the group's latest, Ten Thousand Fists, packs enough of an aural punch to blindside a generation of mall rats too young to appreciate Black Sabbath and too fainthearted to embrace Slayer. But for all the screaming solos and brash boasts ("Power unrestrained/ Dead on the mark/ Is what we will deliver tonight!"), there is something decidedly tame about a production so slick, so derivative. "Guarded," with its frenetic licks and uncharacteristically soft-spoken chorus, plays like Tool Lite, while "Stricken" is a thinly veiled rehash of the band's biggest hit, "Down With the Sickness." This is nü-metal at its most generic. For all of its laughable bluster, Disturbed proves that even Ten Thousand Fists occasionally miss their target.

 
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