Today marks the release of Device’s debut full-length, the self-titled Device. The brainchild of Disturbed frontman David Draiman, Device features Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo and a slew of guest artists, including Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), and more. It is a project that has drawn the interest of countless Disturbed enthusiasts, especially since the announcement of the group’s hiatus in 2011.
With all of these guest artists and one of today’s most recognizable vocalists, is there any way that this debut could fail? Head on below to read my thoughts on the album!
Within the first 10 seconds of the opening track, “You Think You Know”, I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. While the guitar had a thick, interesting sound, the riff itself was disappointing and sounded like something from a Disturbed B-side. As the song continued, I was hit with an awkwardly placed pre-chorus and a chorus that sounded like it could’ve been picked from any hard rock radio station fare.
As the album continued, this sinking feeling became an anchor, continuously plummeting further and further down. The band’s first single “Vilify”, which did absolutely nothing for me upon release, still rang hollow while “Penance” took absolutely no chances creating its own sound and ended up as yet another Disturbed castaway.
“Opinion” was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. The song felt slapped together and the chorus was so unpleasant that I could barely finish the track. By the end of the album I had found myself so disinterested that I found myself reaching to turn it off. Only because I wanted to know the full product before writing a review did I continue on.
Even the guest appearances of Lzzy Hale on “Close My Eyes Forever” or Serj Tankian on “Out Of Line” can’t fix the emptiness and plastic feeling that pervades this album.
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this album is that David Draiman, who genuinely has a great voice that is unique, forceful, and memorable, didn’t take any chances. There is no growth or expansion.
The Final Word: At the end of the day, Device comes off as nothing more than Disturbed-lite. There is nothing exciting nor thrilling about this debut. Rather, Device is entirely forgettable and, most disappointingly, incredibly generic.