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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the Chicago heavy metal band led by David Draiman was produced by Kevin Churko.
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Are You Ready
Get up, get up Get up, get up Get up, get up Get up, get up Get up, get up Get up, get up Well, are you ready now For the revolution For too long... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 18, 2018
    80
    Their most convincing album since 2000's sickness. [Nov 2018, p.80]
  2. 67
    The heavy songs on Evolution should please longtime fans, with a couple harkening back to the dynamism of Disturbed’s first couple of albums, but the glut of softer tracks may have been served better on a separate acoustic EP.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    60
    Wwhile it's hard to argue that Evolution lives up to its moniker, the familiarity of the architecture is lent considerable gravitas by the overall execution, which as per usual, leaves nothing but perspiration in its wake.
  4. Kerrang!
    Oct 18, 2018
    60
    They might have over-egged the acoustic balladry here, leading to their airiness unbalancing the syncopated beefiness elsewhere, but it's delivered so slickly and confidently that few fans will care. [20 Oct 2018, p.55]
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    46
    The frustrating desire for something daring or interesting is never satiated. To be blunt, Evolution is essentially a blander version of Immortalized, which was the flavourless porridge version of Asylum, which was the graham cracker version of Indestructible. Even the song titles are uninspired.
  6. 40
    'The Sound of Silence', the Simon & Garfunkel cover, is easily the best song on the record, despite Draiman singing his parts like he’s The Count from Sesame Street.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    40
    Evolution certainly doesn't sound like anything they've done before. At best, Evolution could add a few more bangers to their roster and slip by unnoticed. At worst, it could knock the band down to Creed levels of self-parody.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 21, 2018
    9
    I feel like this album gets some undeserved criticism. Disturbed chose a different path this time around, hence the name Evolution. ItI feel like this album gets some undeserved criticism. Disturbed chose a different path this time around, hence the name Evolution. It features a lot of smaller experimental elements, which adds a deeper musical layer to the tracks.
    Most of the songs are calm, but with a lot of power behind the lyrics and feelings involved.
    Meanings delivered through songs on the album feel genuine and fit quite well to the musical tone of each respective song.
    David Draiman's voice really shines though and he delivers a wide variety of vocals throughout the album.
    My personal opinion is that Evolution is better than their last album Immortalized. Even though they took a step in a different direction, it feels like the right one.
    A band cannot keep doing the same if the want to evolve.
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  2. Oct 19, 2018
    9
    No es perfecto, pero creo es de lo más consistente desde aquel Ten thousand fists.
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    9
    I am a longtime fan of Disturbed and love their earlier ,harder albums but maybe because of getting a little older I really enjoyed theI am a longtime fan of Disturbed and love their earlier ,harder albums but maybe because of getting a little older I really enjoyed the variety of hard and softer tracks on this album. Great album! Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2018
    8
    This album will upset neckbeards that are only able to enjoy one narrow and specific type of music, but I absolutely love the ballads on thisThis album will upset neckbeards that are only able to enjoy one narrow and specific type of music, but I absolutely love the ballads on this album. It's great to hear something fresh from Disturbed after their last few albums yielded far too much samey tripe. Expand
  5. Oct 19, 2018
    8
    This album is going to be divisive, because it's different to what Disturbed has done in the past.

    There are some heavier songs, but there
    This album is going to be divisive, because it's different to what Disturbed has done in the past.

    There are some heavier songs, but there are several ballads too. Which means we get a nice mix of David Draiman using his "hard" voice AND his "soft" voice, which actually reminds me a bit of his vocal work on Believe, Disturbed's second album. If you're like me and your favourite thing about Disturbed is the vocal work, you'll love this album.

    If you didn't like their cover of The Sound of Silence, you probably won't like the ballads.

    Personally I'm glad they're doing something different as I didn't enjoy Immortalised, which felt washed-out and defanged compared to the albums that led up to it. Each of Disturbed's albums sounds quite different, and takes elements of their previous work with some changes to create a different sound and tone for each album. This one is no exception.

    Right now people seem to be losing their minds over the ballads, but I think time will tell. Once the initial surprise of "whaaaat? You mean Dave wasn't kidding when he said half the album would be very different? But I want more of what I've heard already!" wears off I think people will look on this album in a more positive light; a step in the band's evolution and growth.

    Immortalised was too 'same-y' for me (from song-to-song and compared to their previous work. It's one I listen to in playlists, but never sit down and listen to the whole album), but The Sound of Silence cover was one of the few things I liked about it; it stood out as different and brought back Dave's soft voice in a way we hadn't heard in a new song for over a decade. Maybe that's why I've been listening to this album on a loop for the past few hours. Or maybe it's just that it's a good album, with enough range and variation in sound to demand my attention from beginning to end.
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  6. Nov 23, 2018
    6
    It's like the band listened to an acoustic guitar for the first time and decided to do an entire album with it. Disturbed's slow songs haveIt's like the band listened to an acoustic guitar for the first time and decided to do an entire album with it. Disturbed's slow songs have always been their weakest part. Luckily there wasn't many throughout the years, but it seems like The Sound of Silence's success really got to their head. When going through this album, you'll go through this up and down stream of "oh wait, this is a good song" and then "oh, no, not another sad song". It doesn't make any sense. It's like you have 6 Disturbed songs and 8 Nickelback songs mixed in and thrown together to make a compilation. Calling this album "Evolution" is a far cry from the reality. Changing styles is not evolution if this change means focusing on your weakest parts. The saving grace, though, is that the good songs from the album are actually good - the standard of quality you can expect from Disturbed. Too bad they're the minority here. If you want to feel sad and depressed, this album is for you. And there's this weird electronic remix of one of the songs that just makes it feel like they wanted as many different styles in there just for the sake of it. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2018
    3
    Mostly a snore-fest.

    'Evolution' is probably the right name for this album. Because they've evolved. Unfortunately, the evolution was a
    Mostly a snore-fest.

    'Evolution' is probably the right name for this album. Because they've evolved. Unfortunately, the evolution was a regression.

    Presumably due to the new found fame that came with their cover of Sound of Silence, Disturbed has learned they can make a lot more cash by going softer. And that they did -- despite it being their weakest attribute.

    There are a few songs, like, "Are You Ready?" and "No More" that are tolerable, but overall, this album is a huge miss. They've walked away from the sound that made them in the first place.

    I suppose after 6 solid albums, they were due for a turd. Here's hoping they learn from this and the next one is better.
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