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Album Reviews : Disturbed – The Sickness (10th Anniversary Limited Edition)

By on April 23, 2010

The_Sickness_10th_AnniversaryWhile many metal bands were pumping out the same commercial material Disturbed were somewhat a breath of fresh air in an otherwise over saturated music industry full of nu-metal hysteria back in the early 2000’s.

Mixing elements from those previous before, but incorporating a new characteristic with vocalist, David Draimen. His somewhat rapid fire bark of vocal assaults gave the band a new characteristic edge over many and inevitability saw the release of the band’s highly successful debut album, ‘The Sickness’.

The album has virtually been untouched since its original release, aside from your typical digital tweaking and the addition of two bonus tracks, ‘God of the Mind’ and ‘A Welcome Burden’. These new additions on the reissue will surely keep die-hard fans enthused and deem it a worthwhile purchase.

To put it simply, if you already own the original album there is no need to purchase this reissue, unless your a die hard fan. The original is identical to that of the reissued version. Having only been remastered slightly, the comparison between both the new and old version is not something I’d run out and buy straight away, more so with only two dismal bonus tracks.

To be honest, I find it hard to justify paying upwards of $25 for an album which is no more than 10 years old with only two bonus tracks as its selling point. The reissue of ‘The Sickness’ is essentially an album to tied fans over until the release of the band’s fifth studio album. Which is set for a summer release later this year.

If you are one of the many who don’t own this album, this is a better time than any to purchase it. It’s a fantastic album which still holds up against many releases today and is a prime example of the nu-metal movement which was so dominate in the early part of the millennium. But again, being the bias person I am with certain reissues, I find it pointless to buy an album if you already own it. Not unless there is a major incentive involved. Sadly there wasn’t much incentive for me with the reissue of ‘The Sickness’.  6.5/10

Band: Disturbed
Album: The Sickness
Year: 2010
Genre: Nu-metal
Label: Warner Bros
Origin: Chicago, USA


1. Voices <-Reviewer’s Choice
2. The Game
3. Stupify <- Reviewer’s Choice
4. Down with the Sickness <- Reviewer’s Choice
5. Violence Fetish
6. Fear
7. Numb
8. Want
9. Conflict
10. Shout 2000 (Tears for Fears cover) <- Reviewer’s Choice
11. Droppin’ Plates
12. Meaning of Life
13. God of the Mind (Bonus Track)
14. A Welcome Burden (Bonus Track)


Mitch Booth is the owner, designer and grand overlord of Metal Obsession. In the few seconds of spare time he has outside of this site, he also hosts a metal radio show over on PBS 106.7fm in Melbourne (Australia) and organises shows under the name Untitled Touring. You should follow him on Twitter.