Album number 2, released in September 2002. David Draiman is on vocals, Dan Donegan is on guitar and keyboards, Steve “Fuzz” Kmak is on bass and Mike Wengren is on drums. It’s also the last album to feature original “Fuzz” before he was booted from the band in 2003.
It’s also produced by Johnny K and the band members. And the mix from Andy Wallace is excellent.
The lyrical focus is different this time around. While “The Sickness” dealt with violence, “Believe” is more of a spiritual album.
As soon as the opening staccato riff for “Prayer” starts off, in syncopation with the kick drum, I was hooked.
One thing that was clear to me when I played it, was the anthemic melodic rock Chorus in which Draiman soars, and this vocal style would appear across all of the songs on the album.
It could have come from the first album as the verses follow the staccato singing with the catchcry of “liberate your mind, motherfucker you’re so narrow minded, narrow minded”.
The Pre-Chorus has Draiman doing fast spoken vocals on one track and on another he’s doing middle eastern ohhhs and ahhhs.
But the Chorus. Anthemic.
Wengren on the drums deserves special mention here. Its percussive and frantic.
It’s a heavy rock song with a foot stomping groove and as Wikipedia tells me, it deals with America’s never-ending obsession with “wallpaper music”. I didn’t get that impression from the lyrics but…
The vocal style from “The Sickness” is prevalent here as he spits out the words like a machine gun.
Check out the outro riffing and how the bass drum is in unison with it.
Another staccato style riff in the vein of “Prayer”.
The Chorus. Brilliant.
All your belief cannot absolve your sin
Check out Donegan’s multi-layered guitar parts after the second Chorus.
At 2.36 it goes into a Tool/Deftones style groove. Instead of head banging, you sway.
One of the best Disturbed songs. The opening riff grooves and man its heavy.
And vocally, David Draiman really announces himself here as a force to be reckoned with.
The Chorus you don’t get to hear until half way through as the song goes, Verse, Pre, Verse, Pre and then the Chorus. But when it comes in, it explodes out of the speakers and totally worth the wait.
Wikipedia tells me that “Remember” delves into the cutthroat nature of the music industry as well as Draiman’s resistance to indulgent partying. But I don’t get that view by looking at the lyrics.
Check out the multi-layered guitar parts in the last Chorus.
It’s more of the same style from the debut album, with the vocal line and guitar line and bass drum pattern all syncopated in unison.
The Chorus is massive and it rhymes vilify with sanctify and I like it.
The intro riff is metal at its best.
There is another riff in the song which I always called the Chorus riff, but I think it’s played just after the Chorus.
The riffs are cool to jam on.
At 2.09, a change of groove comes in, with slightly distorted arpeggios. It percolates before it crashes back in to the main riff.
The intro/verse riff is a great riff to jam to. And checkout the bass riff which compliments it.
At 2.56, this Tool “Schism” like groove kicks in and I’m jamming it.
A flanged/phased wah riff kicks off the song, before the effects are taken off and its good old distortion cranking through.
You can call this a relationship song.
At 2.33, the song goes into a few grooves which they use for an interlude. No solos are allowed on Johnny K produced albums.
Great riffs in this song, especially the riff just before the anthemic Chorus.
At 2.35, a simple riff kicks in which they build back up into the Chorus.
And for the fans who said Disturbed sold out with their cover of “The Sound Of Silence” must have forgotten about this song, which is just acoustic guitar, piano and strings. And one of their best.
In Australia and Canada, it went Platinum. In the U.S it went 2x Platinum. In New Zealand and the U.K it went Gold.
Crank it and believe.
6 thoughts on “The Record Vault: Disturbed – Believe”
I think this is where I discovered them. Some really great stuff. I like David’s vocals and the songs were heavy, but still accessible for me.
I agree it’s a melodic metal type of album.
This is the Album for me!, can clearly remember the CD being in the car for like two months straight and for some reason I think SOAD Toxicity was also out and those 2 would’ve been in the car for 6 months. What struck me from this album to the next was the bass, soon as Steve Kmak was out the music got very one directional IMO. I then saw them live and was very disappointing lol
Great albums to have in the car. I also had a Creed mix CD as well and Tool. Lol.
I did see Disturbed live as well. The first time was on the Believe tour and they rocked the Metro in Sydney. The second time was on the Ten Thousand Fists tour and all of that precision riffing was lost in a terrible mix.
Amazing how these guys could pile up the sales. Maybe I’m missing the boat on this one lol
Add em to the list.