The Vengeful One

Album: Immortalized (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Disturbed's sixth album Immortalized, "The Vengeful One" was the band's first released song following a four-year hiatus. "The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated," vocalist David Draiman asserted. "Everything was strategic. We wanted to give ourselves a chance to breathe, give the fans a chance to breathe, and give the culture a chance to evolve. Now is the time. The environment feels ready. The musical landscape feels ready. We're ready."
  • Draiman explained the song's meaning: "Basically, 'The Vengeful One' is the personification of The Destroyer, the Angel of Death, Gabriel, or the Hand of God looking over humanity," he said. "In the song, it's the End of Days. Things are getting worse, and we're becoming more destructive. The media is playing everyone against one another and baiting the entire world. It's judgment day. This is that entity's voice speaking and passing judgment."
  • The song's animated video was made by filmmaker Phil Mucci, whose clip for High On Fire's "Fertile Green" was named best video of 2012 by Revolver magazine. His other credits include Korn's "Oildale (Leave Me Alone)" and Stone Sour's "Do Me A Favor."

    The clip features Disturbed's "The Guy" mascot. "The Guy is the embodiment of the Archangel Gabriel the Destroyer," Draiman explained to Artist Direct. "You are seeing him do his 'unholy work' in the video."
  • Unlike their previous two albums, Indestructible and Asylum, Immortalized was not produced by the band. Instead, they tapped producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch) and recorded the album at his private studio, The Hideout, in Las Vegas.

    Dan Donegan, the band's guitarist, told The Pulse Of Radio why they decided to work with a new producer. "I think we needed… we wanted that," he explained. "We wanted, especially having this time off, and being off this long break, to come back with something that sounds a little bit more fresh. It's been five years between albums, so it was nice to have, kind of, a new production element to it and things that, kind of, pushed us and challenged us to raise the bar."
  • This was a #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart.
  • Scenes from the video, which show The Guy gunning down news anchors during a live broadcast, were featured in a promotional ad for the album. Because the killings bore too much of a similarity to the real-life murders of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were fatally shot by a disgruntled ex-coworker during a live broadcast from Virginia in 2015, Warner Bros. decided to pull the offending ad.

Comments: 8

  • Kjnsp4wn@Gabriel from Eloahh and @Anime and Manga fan from England. You're both wrong. Azrael is the Angel of Death.
  • Gabriel from EloahhArchangel Gabriel is a "destroyer"... sings/speaks/preaches a man that is ok with babies being murdered in mothers' wombs and other evil mess, but Gabriel is a or 'the destroyer'... gee, why ya lyin' dave? This band also pushes psychological mind-effing and trash morals on its unsuspecting fans that wrecks their lives... but Gabriel is evil?... youre lying daveyboy and ELOAHH has plans for you, boy. Can you pay the price for all of those youve hurt via your preaching?... 'cause youre going to and you chose against ELOAHH and your fellow elohiym with knowledge... you arrogant and stupid, little demon(ey). Do not say you werent warned, demon boy.
  • Anime And Manga Fan from EnglandMichael the Archangel, the captain of the heavenly host is the angel of death, Gabriel is a lower Archangel. Michael is the one who turns cities into salt, kings into cripples, and kills first borns while their mothers watch.
  • Malice from New HampshireI loved every aspect of this song. That deep meaning really adds to the overall affect it has over me and everyone else. Fighting the oppression of media is a positive message and I feel adds to the power and emotions of this song. I can tell just how much passion David and the rest of Disturbed put into their work. Overall the song is a definite 5/5! Great work, guys. Stay awesome!
  • Anonymous from CaliforniaDespite what people seem to want to think, this song is not about Donald Trump. The lead singer does not approve of him. The song is about the corruption of the media. However, Trump supporters just happen to perceive the song’s message differently, and that the current president is going to be some sort of savior. David Draiman, the lead singer, is Jewish, and he supported the Bernie Sanders campaign against Trump. And seriously... the song came out five years before the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • AnonymousThis song and video was revelation of what is happening right now! the big ball of cameras in the video strikes a resemblance to the corona virus....just saying, and the GUY is TRUMP #POTUS2020
  • AnonymousWho is Devon
  • Grace from ArkhamAwesome video and unfortunately poor timing with the shooting of the reporters. The song does not promote that but rather killing the lies that the mass media news feeds to us daily.
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