Okay, okay, okay, so we're extremely late on this review! We've actually had the album since a couple days after its release -a psychical copy at that! Problem is, things like work, and life like to get in the way, and things get put on the back burner.
Basically, I've never once forgotten about Immortalized and I have wanted to review it, but fell completely behind. Luckily, the return of Disturbed is still highly exciting to many, therefor making this release still relevant even though the album is now almost exactly seven months old.
The world has lost its mind over Disturbed's "Sound Of Silence" cover. It was originally by Simon and Garfunkel in 1964. It was all happy-go-lucky sounding, even though its extremely dark, and Disturbed brought that to life in a beautiful way. They brought the darkness to the surface and made it sound so wonderful that many have said this is how it should have always been. Some didn't even recognize it as a cover, that's how good of a job they did! We completely agree, its beautiful and they did a fantastic job, but after finally sitting down and listening to the album, we realized the album's full awesomeness.
Obviously tracks like, "The Vengeful One" and "Sound Of Silence" are incredible, but is nobody going to talk about the title track?
"Immortalized" is all about doing something great with your life. So great that your story will live on forever, there for making you immortal. Things definitely change over time, but some things do stay the same. Somethings stand the test of time, and this encourages you to try to be one of those things. Music is immortal, so why can't you? We thought this song hands down was the stand out track. Pure and simple, without a shadow of doubt, it needed to be brought to the surface.
Other honorable mentions go to tracks like, "What Are You Waiting For", and "What taught you to hate?"
"What Are You Waiting For" kind of goes along with "Immortalized" in our book. It flat out asks what are you waiting for, and then encourages you to just go out and do whatever it is you are wanting to do. Fuck what other people are saying, and just prove them wrong and go do it. Songs like that have always been something special to us and this one is absolutely no different. Its powerful, and inspiring -what's not to love?
As for "What Taught You To Hate", it pushes the fact that hate isn't something you're born with. You're taught to hate, and this song pushes to figure out why. It points out how sad it is that people hate rather than love, and its just something worth listening to.
Ladies and gentlemen, Disturbed is back in action and they're hopefully not going anywhere ever again. They most definitely have become immortalized.
Don't forget that you can get this album wherever music is sold, and you can catch them on tour beginning February 10 with Saint Asonia, and then later at several festivals around the US such as Ufest 2016, 98Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. For further information, including exact tour dates, and international festival information, head on over to Disturbed's website.
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