Let’s get this out of the way right now…I don’t know jack about Disturbed except that:
- they’re playing Ozzfest this summer
there are no guitar solos on the song “Liberate”
they’re fricken’ loud
Not a lot to go on. I’m listening to the “Liberate” promo cd single (which lists Ozzfest dates on the back).
This is where I begin to feel old and start complaining about how today’s metal just isn’t the same as when I was a kid. I’m event tempted to visit with the “it all sounds the same” gambit.
But here’s the thing…is that being fair? Is it valid (useful, maybe?) criticism to say that I don’t like something just because it’s not like my old favorites? Maybe none of that even matters. Heck, the whole “not like it used to be” angle is kinda worn out in the entire world of arts criticism.
…and these guys are make a living grinding out this stuff (their last album, The Sickness sold a boatload of copies). So why would it matter if some old fart (who grew up on 70′s metal) can’t deal with the new (nu?) thing?
I don’t know.
What I do know is that I like the song “Liberate”. The rhythm section is scary tight and the guitar is crushing. I’ve heard plenty of stuff like this live (Mudvayne being the most recent) and it is fun in a cathartic sorta way. But if I had to listen to seventy minutes of it?….I dunno, it kind of lacks in the dynamics department. Sorry, but the slow/quiet-to-loud-as-hell transitions just can’t take the place of guitar solos.
So what I’m getting at is..well, I guess bands like Disturbed make me wonder what the future of metal is going to look like.
Is this it?
(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)