Disturbed rocks, but lyrics disappoint

Topic / Culture

September 20 of this year the mainstream rock band, Disturbed, released their latest album, Ten Thousand Fists. I’ve been listening to it lately and just love the music. Their unique sound, as pioneered by their album, The Sickness, has achieved a great balance between metal and rapcore. Almost every track is jam-packed with adrenaline that automatically makes you want to at least bounce your head to their pretty solid beat. Some of the tracks, like Guarded, are definitely going on my Zen Micro’s work-out playlist for 24-Hour Fitness.

Other tracks, however, I have a hard time listening to, and for good reason. Although most of the songs address issues of personal pain and disappointment with life and society, some include lyrics with negative spiritual overtones. One song, Deify, is even outright blasphemy!

Deify chorus:
You’re no immortal
I won’t let them
Deify you
They view you as the new messiah
Deify you
Renew belief in some demented man

I reserve no apologies for utilizing my “next track” button when songs like this start playing.

If you choose to listen to this album, be aware that the band’s spiritual outlook on life attacks Christianity, offers no hope for struggles, and offers harmful advice for dealing with pain. Why anyone would choose to live like this is beyond me.

(Due to the graphical nature of their album cover, I have decided not to post it for public display. However, having said that I know most of you are curious now. :) Use this link if you need a visual of it: Ten Thousand Fists album cover)

Posted on October 3, 2005

  • Kym Mister

    Timmy, why are you even listening to this??????
    AKA Mom

  • me

    i love disturbed and always will i think if u feel the way u do about this song than dont lisen to it

  • Dylan

    The song "Deify" is in regards to how the band believes that the United States seems to have exhalted the president to some new level of power, almost god-like, where he can do not wrong and seems to be able to do whatever he wants to. Why do you think there is the ominous George Bush exerpt at the beginning? The band is not anti-religion or anti-chrisitanity, just listen to their previous album, Believe. With songs like "prayer", "believe" and "awaken", I think you should listen a little closer prior to passing judgement. The band makes a great point in the song you detest. Read the chorus again in the proper context, and you'll have a much better understanding of the point they are trying to convey.

  • Tim

    Dylan, you may be right. I will go back and check it out again. I wrote this soley based on my impressions from listening to the lyrics myself without any background knowledge of what the band's intentions are. However, I'd make the argument that that's probably where the majority of music listeners are coming from. We interpret what we hear on the radio and draw conclusions based on it.

  • Learn2Listen

    Dude they're speaking about deifying George Bush. Wow, not everything with deity or a root of its word is attacking christianity

    • Right, I understand that now. You can see how one might come to this conclusion, though, if they didn't know that ahead of time.

  • Great blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and also the facts are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which ought to do the trick! Have a nice day!

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