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Fists Of Fury

PaulBy the time Disturbed releases its third album this week, three years will have elapsed since 2002's "Believe," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. And while the band hasn't radically altered its sound for the Warner Bros. Effort "Ten Thousand Fists," vocalist David Draiman says the album is its strongest work to date.

"It seems to fuse the brutality and darkness of [the 2000 debut] 'The Sickness' with the added melodic nature and complexity of 'Believe,'" he says. "It's more aggressive than the last record, and at times, more aggressive than the first one."

There are some new twists on the album like guitar solos, which appear for the first time in the band's career. "I'm very proud of [guitarist Dan Donegan], and we'd been pushing him to come out with his chops and show the world what he can do on the guitar," Draiman says. "He's emerged as one of the truly great guitar players in the rock genre." Draiman adds that he pushes the limits of his vocal range, "trying to pull off some more Rob Halford-esque stuff."

Current events shape much of the lyrical content of the new album. From the George W. Bush sample that opens "Deify" to the chorus of "Sacred Lie," "Ten Thousand Fists" is, according to Draiman, "the most blatantly politically charged record of the three."

"There's also a song called 'Forgiven' about the victim of a soldier who's already forgiven the soldier for killing him because he knows his killer is next in line to die," Draiman continues. "'Overburdened' is about a soldier standing in line waiting to pass through the gates of hell, and he's in line with all these other soldiers that died in the course of battle, and they're all wondering why they got there." Even a cover of Genesis' "Land of Confusion" echoes the political undertone of the 1987 original.