*sits down, cracks my knuckles, and pops my neck* I'm gonna do this, and probably embarrass the hell out of myself, but oh well. Here it goes.
I've been a fan of yours off and on since pretty much the very beginning, 2000, when The Sickness came out. Now, I will admit, I only listened to bits and pieces of your music, a song here and a song there. It wasn't until December of last year that my life was changed completely by that angellic voice of yours.
In December of 2009, my little brother, who is also a big fan, made me sit down and listen to "Mistress". I almost stole his mp3 player. I can absolutely relate to what you say in that song. Falling in love with someone who just won't let you in. I've been there. I've done that. I cried when I first heard that song.
From there, I ventured to other albums, other songs. Though Down with the Sickness and Stupify were the two songs that I had known the best, I decided that I had had enough of all that bull crap that people call music these days. Hip hop, what people are calling Slow Jamz... these has lost their appeal to me. And then, I heard The Night.
What was this? Naught but pure power and poetry, that's what. The Night captures the senses. "For saving me from all they've taken, letting my armor fall again, giving me the strength to face them, feeling it taking over now." I knew these words, though I had never heard the song before. The Night is the song that made me fall. I'd heard all of the other albums by this time and had picked at least one or two favorites from each album like Stricken and Overburdened from Ten Thousand Fists, Prayer, Mistress, and Liberate from Believe, The Game, Violence Fetish, Shout 2000, and Droppin' Plates from The Sickness, but NONE OF THEM spoke to me the way that The Night does, until Deceiver. After I heard the Indestructible album from start to finish, life made sense. "Break apart and divide." Screw being a part of the crowd. Be yourself. Stick out like the sore thumb and don't give a shit.
To be honest, I can't pick a favorite from Indestructible. Each and every song on that album speaks to me. Inside the Fire spoke to me in two different ways. 1) I had a very dear friend of mine die my freshman year of high school, not long after 9/11 in a car wreck that was basically suicide via SUV. 2) I've been there myself. I've had the devil sitting on my shoulder telling me to kill myself. The pain would go away. Thankfully, I never listened. I have too much to live for now. I have a beautiful and charming two year old daughter, who rocks out every time I play your music. I think she's trying to learn the words, but it's hard to tell through the babble.
And, now, here we have Asylum about to come out. I'm so looking forward to that album and the Uproar tour, which I'm going to be catching in Denver.
Mr. Draiman, I would say that I love you for the music, but that simply wouldn't due. I love you, your music because it's deep, it speaks, it shows that you and your "brothers" in the band have the BALLS to touch on subjects that are deemed politically incorrect. My God bless you and the rest of the band with long life and a long career.
Disturbed1forEternity aka Vikki