When Disturbed released their third album, Ten Thousand Fists in 2005, they took what was their now signature sound and solidified it. The final result was a very successful record, one that has held up quite nicely over ten years later.
By this point in their career, Disturbed's popularity soared and they were quickly becoming one of the biggest bands of their generation. From a listeners stand point, you knew by now whether you liked Disturbed or not. After all they were all over the heavy metal television channels and on the cover of every hard rocking music magazine of the time.
Ten Thousand Fists gained huge popularity with their charming animated music videos, one of which was the excellent Genesis cover, Land of Confusion. The other singles included were Guarded, Stricken and the title track Ten Thousand Fists. Like the rest of the album cuts, these singles were all nicely crafted songs with great hooks and some fairly well written lyrics, most of which were politically charged including a not so subtle dig at the then President of the United States George W. Bush.
In terms of production, Ten Thousand Fists is clearly a more slick studio job. The band have a very tight crystal clear sound, a lot more professional sounding than the albums raw predecessor, Believe. This production style has featured on every album since and has served them well for the most part.
Ten Thousand Fists is not a ground breaking album but it is a very well recorded one. This is a good solid record that gave the band a huge amount of exposure, most of which was well deserved.. Those who have a thirst for Disturbed should most definitely own this record, it is easily one of their best.
Brilliant album, if you know Disturbed then you should know this one even if you don't have it. Naturally some tracks will stick out more than others but overall an excellent album and worth adding to your collection, especially if you are a fan.
Disturbed still going strong on their third album. This is better than 'Believe' and on par with 'The Sickness'. Full of heavy tracks that will have you head banging in no time. This record MUST be played loud. Playing it quiet doesn't do it justice. Tracks:
'Ten Thousand Fists': The title track and in my opinion the best track on the album. It has a brilliant riff, great lyrics in the verses and a killer chorus that you can't help but sing along to. Classic Disturbed. One of their best songs ever. 5/5
'Just Stop': You have to give this track a chance. At first it doesn't sound too good, but it grows on you and becomes very good. 4/5
'Guarded': Another grower. Like 'Just Stop' give this a chance and after a few listens you will see how good it is. 4/5
'Deify': Great track that will be one of the most played on this album. Very good chorus. 4/5
'Stricken': Lead single off the album and you can see why. This is classic Disturbed. Killer riff and a brilliant chorus. A song that everyone has to play loud. 5/5
'I'm Alive': Great song and one of the best off the album. Great chorus and again another great riff. 5/5
'Sons of Plunder': This album just keeps getting better. Disturbed are not holding up. Another great song with another great riff and chrous. Amazingly heavy and a classic Disturbed song. 5/5
'Overburdened': Slower song but it works. 4/5
'Decadence': Great track and one of the best on the album. Again. Sorry I keep saying that, but this album is full of brilliant tracks! Another great riff. 5/5
'Forgiven': Only ok when you first listen to it but it really grows. Great start to this track. 4/5
'Land of Confusion': Genesis cover. Different to the original. Disturbed pull it off really well and I know some peopel that like this much more than the original. 4/5
'Sacred Lie': At first only ok but this song is actually really good. The album isn't letting up as it nears the end, the songs still coming out as heavy as ever. 4/5
'Pain Redifined': Great track that has a really good chorus that has to be sung. 5/5
'Avarice': Quick song that ends the album nicely. Good track to listen to when you want to listen to fast tracks that are blunt and get straight to the point. 3/5
Overall, another great album by Disturbed. These guys can't put a foot wrong at the moment. Wonderful stuff and I definately recommend this to anyone who likes rock/metal. It is a wonderful record to add to your collection. Buy now!