I seem to remember Ozzy once introduced Disturbed as if they were going to be the biggest band in the world.
Disturbed are one of my favourite bands but their albums have always seemed of a mixed quality with only a handful of quality songs (Stupify, Pray, Stricken, Land of Confusion, Indestructible, Inside the Fire etc).
I was eagerly anticipating the release of Asylum after hearing 'Another way to die' on YouTube. I rated their previous effort, Indestructible, as possibly their best.
Asylum has the distinctive Disturbed sound that we all know any love. However, there are few songs of distinction. The first song is instrumental and leads you nicely into Asylum, setting the tone for what you think will be a raucous album. Infection is suitably heavy, Another Way to Die is the standout track followed closely by Never Again. I then can't remember the rest of the album, except for the fact that the heavy sound never really returns.
On my CD, there is a hidden 13th track which is a cover of U2's 'I still haven't found what I'm looking for'. This is unusually commercial for Disturbed and contributes to the feeling that they simply 'churned' out this album and need to refresh their sound.