There were three bands that I absolutely didn’t want to miss this year at Download. They were the only reasons that I actually wanted to go in the first place. Disturbed were one of them.
Now, I’ve been into Disturbed for a good few years now and I had never seen them live before so understandably, I was excitedly anticipating their set.
Um. Right well, how do I begin? They were horrible live. They weren’t loud enough, David Draiman (vocals) didn’t sound on top form and I wasn’t very motivated. One thing I was really looking forward to was Draiman’s vocals but his trademark screams sounded different, like he was choking on something. It was almost cringe worthy.
There were lots of visuals in their set including something that looked like a movie scene during their first song Asylum. It felt to me like they were relying too heavily on the moving scenes behind them to make up for the fact that they were terrible. Also, Draiman’s movements and facial expressions made me perceive him to be someone who thought he was more hardcore than he actually was. Not cool.
I wanted to say good things about this band because I like them but it’s hard to with a performance like the one I witnessed. Maybe they just work best in the studio.