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13 November 2011 @ 05:09 pm
Metal Update: Disturbed "The Lost Children" & Nine Inch Nails' "The Downward Spiral"  
Well, this weekend has been certainly a blast for me, and I can't say metal didn't have a part in it.

I went out this weekend and finally got my paws around Disturbed's latest album, the B-Side album called "The Lost Children" and I also picked out something new for my archive that's been on my radar for the past few years, that being Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral".

Most of the time when I pick up a much anticipated CD that I've been hearing about and waiting for, I'll get it, listen to it on the way home, and then do a review about it. However, I actually waited until getting home yesterday to listen to it...since there were a total of 16 tracks on The Lost Children, which is what I'm going to review first.

I think the CD is great. Disturbed churned out lots of great B-Sides in the past few years, and fans have really been wanting to have Disturbed come out with a B-Side collection. When news broke that Disturbed WAS going to come out with such a thing, I couldn't help but wonder, "Did David Draiman (the vocalist) hear us out". Maybe he did...or maybe he just saw another opportunity to produce a stellar album. I was really rocking to the CD right from the first track to the last. Any Disturbed fur is going to want this. It's great to have in any collection 'cause I think it's great to listen to what Disturbed had back then, in comparison to today's (for example, "God Of The Mind", with "3"). Two completely different sounds, but still a Disturbed style.

The other CD was probably one that I think is a good start for anyone looking to know who Nine Inch Nails is. "The Downward Spiral" is a great album for me, since I really love the songs "Heresy" and "Closer". The packaging was the only thing I have a problem with. I first tore off the usual plastic, but then had to struggle with the box (not case), slide the CD case out of it's box only to find the lyrics plop in my lap. What's even wierder about this was the fact that the CD, when opened, is faced...downward...not upward. I thought this was a unique little twist to all CDs, but still didn't understand why the Lyrics had to be separate from the CD itself. It makes sense, now that I think about it, to have the CD facing downward (being that the album is indeed The Downward Spiral, the cover art on the said CD is a spiral) and to have the lyrics to be placed inside the box alone. But nonetheless, a great album to have, the sound is clearly that of a younger Nine Inch Nails, and Trent Reznor. The music itself isn't that hard to understand (although one would believe after reading the lyrics that it's all based sexually...when it isn't), but one really has to listen with an open mind.

Overall, I'd say the Disturbed B-Side album "The Lost Children" and Nine Inch Nails' "The Downward Spiral" are both must haves. If you would like to leave your opinion on said albums, feel free to. Comment here on what you think the albums sound like. Do you think Disturbed was heading down the right path to include an all B-Side album? Did Trent Reznor's album, "The Downward Spiral" define his style of music? What do you think?