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Disturbed began building 'Asylum' as soon as they got off the road in the summer of 2009. Officially entering Groovemaster Studios in February 2010, the band set about self-producing the album, as they did with 'Indestructible.' Draiman declares, 'This record shows a certain degree of maturation and enhanced complexity. 'Asylum' is still identifiably Disturbed, but the evolution is clear. It preserves the elements of what we do but at a more advanced level.'
Each CD includes a card to access exclusive download or stream of the documentary 'Decade of Disturbed' that recalls ten years of history in the most candid of ways. It takes you through years of countless tours, dedication and sacrifice stripping away all the gloss and letting the real story be told... the documentary is about the fans and their brotherhood that has been formed with the band.

Also Available as a Limited Edition CD+DVD:
-Expanded packaging in digi-pak with 16-page booklet
-CD: Standard album track listing plus 2 bonus live tracks 'Down With The Sickness' & 'Stricken'
-DVD: 'Decade Of Disturbed' (documentary) and Disturbed 'Dissected' (band showing/teaching fans to play tracks):
-Dan - Intro to the Asylum, Asylum, Another Way To Die, The Animal
-Dan/John - Stricken, Indestructible, Inside The Fire, The Night, Haunted
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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B003TUGUHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Asylum is every bit as much a Disturbed album as 2008's Indestructible. Disturbed pound through every bit of ASYLUM providing an enjoyable, though not revolutionary effort. The album is cliché metal with strong, anthemic choruses that often namecheck the title of the song for the fan's cohesion sake. The beginning of the album lays better than the end, but that is typical of so many efforts today. I believe part of that is that Disturbed's best, most cutting edge material appears at the forefront. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing here that is bad by any means, but after a while, the album grows a bit "same-y" if you catch my drift.

The album opens up strongly with "Remnants," an instrumental cut that builds in intensity and instrumentation. The grand guitar work here foreshadows what is to be a sick display of guitar solos and unabashedly strong guitar riffs. Title cut "Asylum" follows, proving to be the `cream of the crop' cut of the album opening with a fine bass-driven groove. Often times title cuts disappoint, but "Asylum," much like "Indestructible" from Indestructible proves to be a key listen. The refrain for "Asylum" is well crafted as far as songwriting appeal and the guitar work is jagged and desirable, archetypical of metal. While "Asylum" is by no means the second coming, it is a solid cut and one of the best from this album of the same name.

"The Infection" is equally as alluring as "Asylum" if no moreso. Here frontman David Draiman's vocals are slightly more present and balanced within the production, adding additional clarity to his vocals.
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But please, read on as to why I am assigning the highest possible rating to an album that, thus far anyway, has been hotly disputed in terms of quality. I am going to explain my reasons the best I can, lest I be labeled a "fanboy" or something equally ridiculous and baseless. (This will be a rather long review and yes, I will be explaining each song, so if that isn't what you want to read by all means move on.) Perhaps I am going deaf in my old age (after all, I am pushing 30) but after having listened to this album all the way through several times in the last two days, I find nothing at all "stale, "generic," or "boring" about it.

In the post-Sickness era, progression has become what Disturbed has been all about. This applies to both their musicianship and their lyrics. The Believe record showed the band slightly expanding on the sound they established two years prior, with lyrics tackling the thorny issues of faith and religion. And how can we forget David Draiman's beautiful melodic singing on cuts such as "Remember," "Awaken," "Mistress," and the closing ballad "Darkness?" Ten Thousand Fists marked the first appearance of solos played by guitarist Dan Donegan, and the album's lyrics took on a very political/social nature. (TTF, as it turns out, has become my least favorite Disturbed album. A handful of great tracks, but too many mediocre ones that felt tacked on.) Indestructible was an even bigger step forward musically with Danny doing even more shredding and the rest of the band stepping up their game as well. Lyrically speaking, the songs were "darker." One need only look to tracks such as "Haunted" and "The Night" for evidence of this, not to mention the single "Inside The Fire" which dealt with the suicide of an ex-girlfriend of David.
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Listen I love Disturbed, have all albums and frankly they are probably my favorite band of the last ten years. However, I got the limited edition and have listened to it many times now and I am ready to give you a honest review. There is no need for me to pull numbers from my behind. Let me make it very simple.

THE FOLLOWING SONGS ARE A++++

Asylum
The Animal

THE FOLLOWING SONGS ARE DECENT AND WORTH PLAYING

The Infection
Another Way to Die

I COULD GO EITHER WAY ON THE FOLLOWING SONGS SO YOU MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE THEM

Sacrifice
Innocence
Serpentine (maybe barely)

THE FOLLOWING SONGS SIMPLY ARE NOT THAT GREAT

Remnants
Warrior
Never Again (especially this one)
Crucified
My Child
ISHFWILF or w/e it is called. (Spoiler free note: I did like the "track they did like this" a couple albums back. This one doesn't do it for me though)

For those desiring more of a narrative here it is: Half the album is quite unmemorable. I hate to say it "sucks" but vs. Disturbed's other work, that might be fair to say. Let me sum it up this way, I will have to listen more but this album will definitely be competing with Believe for the honor of Least Good Disturbed Album in my mind.

Let's end on a high note though, while I only find two songs to be particularly good, they are VERY good. So, if you are on the fence I suggest you save some money and just download Asylum and The Animal. If those don't do it for you nothing on here probably will. If you are a true and longtime fan the whole thing is worth getting since there are those two tracks and frankly The Infection and Another Way to Die are also pretty good.
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Best Disturbed Album Out There?
Best Disturbed album? Hmm, tough call. I'll start by saying that Ten Thousand Fists is my least favorite. Not that it's a bad album, because I really don't think Disturbed have released a bad album to date. But TTF, in my opinion, contains too many filler tracks. There are great ones on there of... Read More
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B Sides and Rare Tracks
I thought "Forsaken" was a cover and "This Moment" was done for the movie (Transformers?)
Jun 26, 2011 by HHH |  See all 3 posts
Poster and Expanded Artwork?
They changed the picture here on amazon. It now looks like the one that comes with everything, so I would guess yes.
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Buy the regular edition
If you have Indestructible (Bonus Tracks) ver then you already have Down With The Sickness [Live At The Riviera] and Stricken [Live At The Riviera] so why pay for them again?
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Explicit lyrics?
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