Chicago rockers roar on a debut that welds heavy metal to pop experimentation
Some artists arrive so fully formed, they make an instant impact. The 2000 debut album from this Chicago metal four-piece is a heavy classic, thanks to its masterful welding of catchy hooks and creepy sound effects to stomping power riffs. David Draiman’s dynamic vocals shift between clean, staccato rapping and harsh screams, pushing standouts like “Down With the Sickness” and “Stupify” into nu-metal territory. Meanwhile, the electronic elements on “The Game” and a bold remake of Tears for Fears’ hit “Shout” nail Disturbed’s experimental streak.