Year 6, Day 36: Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists
- Ten Thousand Fists
- Just Stop
- I’m Alive
- Sons of Plunder
- Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)
- Sacred Lie
- Pain Redefined
About the Album
Ten Thousand Fists is the second studio album from American heavy metal band, Disturbed. The album released on September 20th 2005 through Reprise Records. The album peaked at number on the Billboard 200 and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Thoughts on the Album
There is power in numbers. Strength en masse. It has to be something to be a member of a band or a musical artists and see thousands upon thousands of people all united, fists in the air, rocking out to your stuff. That’s Disturbed‘s brand of heavy metal/nu-metal. It’s designed to unite everyone and exhilarate the masses. One of the first songs I heard by Disturbed was Ten Thousand Fists. I heard while play Madden 06 and I immediately thought… “I need to hear to more.” I bought the album, much to my old man’s chagrin. He’s not a huge fan of metal, unless it’s the 1980’s hair metal stylings.
You can say what you want about about Disturbed but you can not deny that Ten Thousand Fists is a great but uneven album. What the album does have is frontman David Draiman‘s best vocal work. He seamlessly and flawless blends together his screaming and singing as to not get too annoying and detract from the rest of the music. Songs like the titular track highlight his singing as well as tracks like Deify, Sacred Lie, and Forgiven. Take Deify, a political metal anthem that highlighted the band’s thoughts on then President George W. Bush and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This also noted on in Sacred Lie as well. If there was a message to seen/heard from this album, it’s that the band is trying to make a positive impact and change in the country as well as explaining their viewpoints on the wars in lyrical and poetic format.
Single, Stricken, was a massive hit and highlights some of the band’s best work. There is good reason for why this song was a massive hit. The chorus of the song shows off Draiman‘s harsh, but clean, and powerful vocal prowess. The main riff is instantly recognizable as well as a riff that is extremely fun to learn how to play. The guitars and vocals seemingly play of each other, perfectly harmonizing with each other. That’s a sign of an amazing song: when guitars and vocals can harmonize together. The vocals, guitar, and bass give off an epic vibe to them. Then there’s Overburdened, a six-plus minute, slow burning exploration of progressive metal. It’s one of the band’s best songs, blending together both clean and “dirty” guitar riffs and that menacing bass work/ It all comes to a head with the massive and excellent climax in the outro.
Then there is of course, my favorite track from the album, the album opener and title track, Ten Thousand Fists. A track that takes some electronic elements and uses them at the beginning to make it feel like you are sitting on a battlefield, waiting for the two armies to charge at each other. The track is a complete and total audible adrenaline rush. If you were to put the movie Die Hard into a song, this would the product. A total dynamo of a track that is fueled by pure, raw, unadulterated energy. The drums pound away with earthquaking ferocity. The crunchy and punchy guitar riffs and bass lines send out sonic shockwaves. Draiman’s vocals are awesome here.
While the filler in this album hurts it just a bit, some of the band’s best work is featured here. Ten Thousand Fists, Deify, Forgiven, Land of Confusion, and Stricken are absolute gems. Frontman David Draiman is at his best with his harsh and clean vocals powering the album. So grab your brothers-in-arms (or sisters-in-arms) and raises your fists, as Ten Thousand Fists will give you the adrenaline, exhilaration, and unity you need. One last thing:
If this disturbs you, then walk away