DIS­TURBED eye up the mass mar­ket with Evo­lu­tion.

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Arena-both­er­ing met­allers ex­pand their hori­zons

It was an un­likely suc­cess story. For years, Dis­turbed had been cov­er­ing the likes of Gen­e­sis, Tears For Fears and U2 on their al­bums, so when they recorded Si­mon & Gar­funkel’s

The Sound Of Si­lence for 2015’s Im­mor­tal­ized, they never ex­pected it to blow up so big. Through main­stream ra­dio play and an af­fec­tive per­for­mance on US talk show Co­nan, they con­nected with a new au­di­ence and as­cended to a higher level of fame. Sub­se­quently, fol­low-up and sev­enth al­bum Evo­lu­tion is a Jekyll and Hyde record of two con­flict­ing per­son­al­i­ties, which feels like it’s been writ­ten to show­case David Draiman’s rich voice. At one end of the spec­trum, there are the big, arena-fill­ing rock songs we’ve come to ex­pect from Dis­turbed. There’s lead-off sin­gle,

Are You Ready – which al­ready sounds like it’s been around for years – the stompy, mil­i­taris­tic No More, and the sar­cas­tic Sav­ior Of Noth­ing. On the other, there are some mas­sive, fuck-off bal­lads. Hold On To Mem­o­ries is a sac­cha­rine, lighter-in-the-air mo­ment that will make Down With

The Sick­ness fans vomit, while Al­ready Gone is like Dis­turbed’s own per­sonal Sound Of Si­lence, full of low notes and

drama. In An­other Time bridges the gap be­tween styles, but sounds way more wist­ful and cin­e­matic than it de­serves given it’s just about the days be­fore the in­ter­net.

By split­ting their al­le­giances, the risk is that Dis­turbed won’t please ei­ther type of fan. The good news is that, de­spite their over­wrought qual­i­ties, each slow song is boosted by David Draiman’s im­pres­sive vo­cals, while the heav­ier ones boast cho­ruses as hooky as his for­mer chin pierc­ings (he’s re­moved them as he feels too old for them).

This is with­out doubt the most di­verse record in Dis­turbed’s cat­a­logue, and it re­mains to be seen whether it’s a tran­si­tion into a new, ‘grown-up’ ca­reer, or an in­ter­est­ing ex­per­i­ment.

Dis­turbed: split per­son­al­i­ties

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