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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

“Enough” speaks up for suffering, dying people, while “Facade” shows concern for a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. A soldier nobly fulfills his oath to defend his homeland (“Indestructible”). On “Perfect Insanity” lead singer David Draiman proclaims, “I have thrown away my vice.” However …

Objectionable Content

The rest of that track is an invitation to explore his deranged psyche. While in some ways a warning to resist hellish temptations, the bleak “Inside the Fire” finds a demonic figure suggesting suicide to a girl so that she can be reunited with a friend whose soul he has already claimed. S- and f-words appear in various forms on dreary cuts. One of them is the death-to-unity anthem “Divide.” Another is the put-me-out-of-my-misery diatribe “Criminal.” Using gothic metaphors and vampiresque verbiage, “Deceiver” and “The Night” obsess over death and darkness. “The Curse” describes Draiman’s deep despair.

Summary Advisory

Indestructible is a haunting step backward for this tortured band, which seemed to be making progress on Ten Thousand Fists. Disappointing. Discourage teens from retreating into these Disturbed musings.

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Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser