The Disturbed Record Vault series is almost at an end.
“Music as a Weapon” is a series of concert tours created by Disturbed. All up this tour did the rounds seven different times.
In 2001, the first edition featured Disturbed, Drowning Pool, Adema, Stereomud and Systematic.
In 2003, which is also the tour captured on the CD, it featured Disturbed, Chevelle, Taproot and Unloco.
In 2006, the tour featured Disturbed, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Nonpoint.
In 2008, the tour came to Australia and New Zealand which I caught. It featured Disturbed, P.O.D., Alter Bridge, Redline and Behind Crimson Eyes.
In 2009, the tour featured a bigger line up, with Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, Suicide Silence, Spineshank, Crooked X, Bury Your Dead, Born of Osiris and After the Burial.
In 2011, the line-up was Disturbed, Korn, Sevendust, In This Moment and StillWell. It’s also the first time the tour had co-headliners with Disturbed and Korn. The Australia and New Zealand edition had Disturbed, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Forgiven Rival and These Four Walls.
But back to the “Music as a Weapon II”.
It was recorded at The Aragon in Chicago in 2003, and released in 2004.
The DVD also contains Disturbed’s video for their single “Liberate” and it was Disturbed’s last release with bass guitarist Steve Kmak.
On a different note, it was also Unloco’s final release before splitting up. But vocalist Joey Duenas did form a new band called “Anew Revolution” and released two excellent albums called “Rise” in 2008 and “iMerica” in 2010. But that band is also no more.
“Loading the Weapon” (instrumental)
An instrumental track from Disturbed that is not on any album. I love the mood that this track creates.
It then explodes into “Bound” from the “Believe” album.
This CD was my first exposure to Taproot. The live recording didn’t captivate me to listen any further.
It was written and recorded for the “Believe” album, however it didn’t make the final cut. But it was played live during the “Believe” tour and released as a B side to the “Stricken” single from the “Ten Thousand Fists” album, alongside “Hell”.
And it was finally released on “The Lost Children” album.
My first exposure to Chevelle and I was instantly a fan. The live recording isn’t the best, but the Tool like grooves into a concise 4 minute song was of interest to me.
“Fade to Black”
A Metallica cover. And how good is the whole intro with the acoustic arpeggios and lead break.
My first exposure to Unloco.
Taproot’s other song on the album. It’s like Staind and the track is more accessible than the previous one. But still not interested.
From the “Believe” album. The piano and acoustic guitar is haunting. Draiman’s vocal delivery is excellent.
From “Unloco”. This song was in “The Matrix” movies and various video games.
From the “Believe” album, the fast staccato riffing in the Intro isn’t as powerful as the album version, but I do like the slight increase in tempo which makes the fast staccato riffing even faster.
And Draiman delivers vocally.
David Draiman makes an appearance with Chevelle. Its pitchy especially when Draiman joins in with the harmonies but that’s what performing live is all about.
Song number three from Taproot. The riff sounded interesting and a bit complex, so from this song, I would go on to check out more Taproot eventually.
From “The Sickness” album, and Peter Loeffler from Chevelle and Joey Duenas from Unloco make an appearance.
In the end, it’s live with no studio overdubs and very different to the live albums I grew up with, (which were basically re-cut in a studio).
I also like how Disturbed put three unreleased songs on this album.