Evolution (Disturbed album)

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Evolution
Disturbed - Evolution (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 2018[1]
RecordedJanuary–June 2018
StudioThe Hideout Recording Studio
Las Vegas, Nevada
GenreHard rock[2][3]
Length43:14
Label
ProducerKevin Churko
Disturbed chronology
Immortalized
(2015)
Evolution
(2018)
Singles from Evolution
  1. "Are You Ready"
    Released: August 16, 2018
  2. "A Reason to Fight"
    Released: September 21, 2018
  3. "The Best Ones Lie"
    Released: October 12, 2018
  4. "No More"
    Released: June 2, 2019

Evolution is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Disturbed. It was released on October 19, 2018, by Reprise Records. The album's first single, "Are You Ready", was released before the album in August 2018, while the second single, "A Reason to Fight", was released a month later. The third single, "No More", was released on June 2, 2019.

The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, making it Disturbed's sixth straight top 5 album. It is the band's first album since The Sickness to not reach number one, thus ending the band's streak of number one albums at five.[4]

Background and recording[edit]

The band announced in January 2018 that they had begun recording their seventh studio album.[5] Recording finished in June with just mixing and mastering needing to be done.[6] It will be the band's first album in over three years and the band's first album in over eight years to involve bass guitarist John Moyer.[7] Frontman David Draiman stated that the writing and recording of the album was influenced by classic rock that members have listened to in their youth.[8] Guitarist Dan Donegan stated that the album's title was representative of their goal on the album, to challenge themselves to evolve their sound.[9] He also revealed that there will be no new cover songs from this album's cycle. Draiman stated that Evolution is the band's "Black Album".[10] He also said that the album covers topics in today's society such as government, death, war, addiction, and technology.[11]

The album is a tribute to deceased heavy metal musicians such as Chester Bennington of Linkin Park[12] and Vinnie Paul of Pantera,[13] with whom Disturbed were friends and toured with over the years.

Promotion and release[edit]

On August 16, 2018, the album's name was revealed as Evolution, and the first single, "Are You Ready", was released.[1][14] On the same day, the album's track listing, artwork and release date were also revealed. A second song, "A Reason to Fight" was released on September 21, 2018 respectively.[15] A third Song "No More" was released on June 2, 2019

The band held a worldwide tour, with Three Days Grace on North American stops, from January to May 2019 to promote the album.[16][17]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[19]
Consequence of SoundB–[20]
Loudersound4/5 stars[21]
NME2/5 stars[22]
Wall of Sound7/10[23]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[24]

Evolution has received mixed reviews from music critics. Consequence of Sound writer Spencer Kaufman stated that "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." AllMusic gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, the same as Immortalized, and said "While 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."

Prior to the release of the album, the band had their prior five albums in a row debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Evolution debuted at number four, breaking the streak, which would have made them the only band other than Dave Matthews Band and Metallica to have done so.[25]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Disturbed and Kevin Churko, except as indicated.

No.TitleLength
1."Are You Ready"4:21
2."No More"3:52
3."A Reason to Fight"4:44
4."In Another Time"4:11
5."Stronger On Your Own"4:01
6."Hold On to Memories"5:03
7."Saviour of Nothing"4:12
8."Watch You Burn"4:20
9."The Best Ones Lie"4:02
10."Already Gone"4:28
Total length:43:14

Personnel[edit]

Disturbed

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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