Last month the band released ‘The Lost Children’ a collection of b-sides and rarities. The Lost Children compiles b-sides and bonus international album tracks covering their entire career, from their debut album ‘The Sickness’ (2000) to 2010’s Gold-certified ‘Asylum’.
It also includes ‘3’ which was released exclusively on the band’s website in April with all proceeds donated to the Damien Echols Defense Fund benefiting the West Memphis Three.
It is enjoyable album to listen to as the tracks on the album are tracks you probably will not have heard before - unless you’re a massive Disturbed fan but in my opinion some most of the tracks on the album are some of Disturbed’s best work.
‘A Welcome Burden’ is one of those tracks. It was originally recorded during the sessions of the ‘The Sickness’ album but has been remixed and re-mastered for this album.
The band announced this year that they will be taking an indefinite hiatus; it almost feels that the B-sides were released so that no songs were left behind for them to return to – to allow the band to have a clean break.
Front man David Draiman has repeatedly stated that there is no bad blood between band members and they just all feel like it is the right time for a break in order to either pursue new musical opportunities or just relax for a while.
The lead guitarist ‘Dan Donegan’ for Disturbed exclusively told Revolver magazine that -
“The title The Lost Children is basically, we’ve always referred to our songs as our children because we can’t pick our favourite. They’re all too personal to us. So we love them all for different reasons, you know, for different vibes or different subject matter, whatever the case maybe”.
The band does some great covers on the album such as ‘Midlife Crisis’ by Faith No More and ‘Living After Midnight by Judas Priest. On these tracks it is refreshing to hear Draiman sing in a tone other than his usual distorted one.
Most of the songs on the album do stick to the usual melodic metal accompanied by Draiman’s rhythmic singing style.
Overall the album is a good way to showcase some great songs that never got released and to celebrate the band’s ten year success. The album is a good example of Disturbed’s music over the years. It is good album to pick up if Disturbed are a band you have been a bit unsure of whether you like them or not.