If you're looking for something along the lines of "Down with the Sickness", you're going to be disappointed. If you're looking for a band who have grown, experienced life in all it's ups and downs and reflect it in their music you're in for a treat. Disturbed have evolved.
Disturbed have explored music from their "standard" fare (which is in no way a bad thing) to "Hold on to Memories" which could be released by the likes of Lady Antebellum with equally good results, a live recording of "The Sound of Silence" featuring Myles Kennedy which takes an already spine tingling version of this classic song to an entirely new level again and even a cover of the opening track "Are You Ready" which takes one of their "standard fare" tracks and remixes it to something that all the little pop luvvies will think is pretty cool (it really is pretty cool by the way).
David Draiman said this is Disturbed's "Black" Album and I can see no reason why it shouldn't be. As a tribute to Chester Bennington and Vinnie Paul, the Band have poured their hearts into this incredible album. Even after listening to the pre-release tracks several times, and having this on repeat since I downloaded it, it's different, varied, does not get tired and has something for almost everyone.
In my humble opinion, having listened to them for over a decade now, this is Disturbed's best album yet.
I grew up in an age when heavy rock (or now classic rock) was regularly in the top 20. Bands like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Saxon, Whitesnake and many would have us pounding our air guitars and shaking our now vanishing hair as we rocked the night away.
I love many genres of rock, but for me personally Evolution is the perfect balance of what I like best ... great rock ballads and good rock music. I don't see this as a sell out for a band, it is "evolution"; I had never heard of Disturbed before Immortalized, and may never have heard of them if it hadn't been for the Facebook exposure of Sound of Silence, so I was pleased for the change in their music with that album; for me Evolution is a continuation of their new style which came with their reinvention.
It is inevitable that bands will change their style as they get older, it's just growing, plus artists of all types want to push their limits and change their styles. Evolution is a great album, if like me, you loved Immortalized then I think you will enjoy it. I have listened to this twice consecutively now on Amazon Music and will be buying it very shortly.
The good thing is, none of us are right or wrong, music is very personal; I love this album, you may hate it ... but you may love it too. If you are uncertain look it up on You Tube or one of the music streaming services and see what you think before you buy it.