L-R: Moyer, Donegan, Draiman, Wengren.
"Everyone has a struggle in life, and the question is do you allow yourself to be overcome by it or do you master it with unified strength and power.
This is exactly what the music was meant to do, to transcend your normal world, to make you more than what you are, to make you set down your burden for a while.
Feel powerful, feel invincible, feel indestructible; believe' in something as opposed to believing in nothing; spread 'the sickness, infect the world."
—David Draiman, opening line to D.O.D.
Disturbed is a four-piece Chicago Alternative Heavy Metal
band formed in August 1996. Released in 2000, their debut album The Sickness
both shot them into stardom and earned them a devoted fanbase called the Disturbed1s
. The band made a name for themselves
after playing second stage of the Ozzfest tour in 2000, headlining the U.S tour in 2001 alongside the likes of Slipknot
, Linkin Park
and Marilyn Manson
, and then again as a headliner in 2003. In 2001, they created their own tour (a small event at the time), the Music as a Weapon tour taken from a lyric in the song Droppin' Plates
(abbreviated as MAAW), including acts throughout its existence such as Drowning Pool
, Alter Bridge
, As I Lay Dying, Chevelle
, Chimaira, Trivium
, Nonpoint, Stone Sour, Lacuna Coil
, In This Moment and Killswitch Engage
. On September 17, 2002, they released their second album, Believe
, which went straight to #1 (see below) and was lauded by critics as the album that broke them from the Nu Metal
tag that plagued The Sickness
. Years later in 2006, the single Down with the Sickness
would be certified Gold, then Platinum in 2009.
After MAAW II's last show in Chicago, they fired bassist Steve 'Fuzz
' Kmak for "personal differences" that they've yet to fully explain. He was replaced with current bassist John Moyer, formerly of the Texas Industrial act The Union Underground, who played bass for the album Ten Thousand Fists
, becoming a full member during the band's subsequent tour in support of the album. The Ten Thousand Fists album also marked the band's second straight-to-#1 with the song Stricken
becoming their second Gold single in 2008. Released on June 3, 2008, Their fourth album Indestructible
debuted at #1, was fully self-produced
, and won them their first Grammy nomination for Inside The Fire
(which became their third Gold single). During the Indestructible tour, Disturbed participated in the first ever Mayhem festival alongside Slipknot
, going on to become one of the largest metal festivals in the United States. This tour also marked the most elaborate production quality and sheer scale and that the Music as a Weapon tour had ever seen, leading them to rechristen it the "Music as a Weapon festival
The band's fifth effort, Asylum
, which the band has touted their strongest body of work yet, was released on August 31, 2010, giving the band some of the best critical approval they've ever seen. Recently the band (or their manager) has become obsessed with festival appearances, playing the Uproar tour with Avenged Sevenfold
, going straight to Taste of Chaos with Papa Roach and Buckcherry afterwards, has embarked on their MAAW Fest V with Korn
, then it's off to their second Mayhem fest appearance with Godsmack
, which still doesn't account for one-day events.note
After playing Mayhem and four dates in South America, the band will be taking an extended hiatus, with no continuation of band activities projected anywhere in the near future. On November 8, shortly after announcing the hiatus, the band released The Lost Children
, a compilation of their all the non-album material written over the course of their career.
In 2012-13, during the course of their hiatus, Moyer joined Super Group
Adrenaline Mob, Draiman started an Industrial Metal
project known as Device with song-writing handled by himself and Geno Lenardo of Filter, and Donegan started writing with Dan Chandler of Evens Blue, culminating in Fight or Flight, which he invited Wengren to drum for.
Don't expect to nail down their actual genre very easily, as debates continue to this day
— they're generally seen as "something heavy metal and probably some hard rock" (you can blame the ambiguity on their Alt Metal
tendencies). Try not to mention them and "nu metal
" in the same sentence at any point to anyone — it isn't worth it
. For all intents and purposes, they're a rock group.
To the group's credit, they're one of the few bands in history to release four straight-to-#1 albumsnote
in a row on the Billboard 200 (Believe
, Ten Thousand Fists
), the others being Dave Matthews Band
(at six releases since Before These Crowded Streets
) and Metallica
(everything after The Black Album
, making for five). These groups have yet to release an album that breaks this streak, giving them a chance to push the envelope further
. Disturbed also happen to be the youngest band to do this. In other words, don't underestimate the Disturbed1s.
- Pantera, Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Judas Priest, Tool, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Queensr˙che, Metallica, Korn, Testament, Dio, Fear Factory, Racer X, Sevendust, Slayer, Ratt, Soundgarden, Mötley Crüe, Alice in Chains, Dokken, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC
- Brawl (Fuzz, Donegan, and Wengren)
- Vandal (Fuzz and Donegan)
- Loudmouth (Donegan)
- The Union Underground (Moyer)
- Soak (Moyer)
- Adrenaline Mob (Moyer)
- Device (Draiman)
- Fight or Flight (Donegan, Wengren)
- Various Chicago heavy metal/hard rock groups
- David Draiman - Vocals
- Dan Donegan - Guitar, Electronics, Keyboard
- Mike Wengren - Drums, occasional programmingnote
- John Moyer - Bass, Back-up vocals
- Steve "Fuzz" Kmak - Bassnote
- The Sickness - 2000note
- Believe - 2002, Sept
- Music as a Weapon II - 2003 (recorded), 2004 (released)note
- Ten Thousand Fists - 2005
- Indestructible - 2008, June
- Live & Indestructible (E.P) - 2008, Sept
- Asylum - 2010, August
- The Lost Children (B-Side Compilation) - 2011, November
Other popular songs:
- Fear, Want, Droppin' Plates, Shout 2000, Meaning of Life
- Believe, Awaken, Mistress, Rise, Devour, Darkness
- Deify, I'm Alive, Sons of Plunder, Overburdened, Pain Redefined
- Haunted, Enough, Criminal Divide, Façade
- The Infection, Never Again Serpentine, My Child, Innocence
- Minenote , Old Friendnote , 3note
Not to be confused with The Mentally Disturbed
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Disturbed Provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Down with the Sickness' child abuse segment is a metaphor for "mother society" beating down the freaks.
- Amoral Attorney: Innocence.
- And I Must Scream: The ending of Asylum has the narrator, who finds himself entering the "asylum" of his lost loved one ("now it's dragging me into your grave") finishing by saying "I will get to join you in time" with a voice screaming "Without you!", meaning that he'll now be staying in the asylum without the one thing he came for.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Sickened.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: The words 'terrible', 'hell', 'dark' (or 'darkness'), 'sacrifice', 'pain', 'alive', 'death' (or 'dead'), 'hate', and 'hatred' are just a handful of the words the band says at least once an album.
- Badass Boast: Indestructible is basically one long boast (a sense of confidence was the intention during the writing process). It's quite charming, really.
- Also "I'm Alive".note
- "Warrior", to levels of extremity that manage to out-boast all of these.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed/Death Seeker: Criminal.
- Blatant Lies/Sarcasm Mode: When asked about the meaning behind Meaning of Life, Draiman said "To encourage existential thought". Yeah, right.
- Calling the Old Lady Out: Down with the Sickness, though not literally; the rant is metaphorical as explained above.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Down With the Sickness; Liberate is a minor version (even though the word "motherfucker" appears 16 times, counting stanza repetitions, most of the lyrics are pretty swear-free).
- Concept Album: In truth, Draiman has said he thinks the Rock Opera and the concept album is either dead or isn't possible in the age of the single (digital downloading takes convenience in the place of thematics). That being said, most of the albums can be interpreted as having an overarching theme.
- The concept behind The Sickness was of course "Sickness": the sickness of your thoughts and psycology (Voices, Meaning of Life), your loved ones (Stupify, The Game, Numb), your environment (A Welcome Burden, Conflict, Violence Fetish) and the sickness of the beasts that inhabit society along with the sick society that created them (Down with the Sickness). The album says "No matter how you try to bring me down (Fear, God of the Mind) I am what I am (Droppin' Plates, Want) and you'll never change that (Down with the Sickness again)".
- The concept behind Believe was of course "Belief": Belief in your passions (Rise), belief in your vices (Intoxication), belief in your justice (Liberate, the title track) and belief in your evil (Breath, Devour). It asks the listener to find something to care about and shout "I'll stand through whatever you throw my way (Prayer) no matter how much it may hurt (Remember, Mistress). I've chosen my path, I'm at peace with it (Bound, Awaken) and I'll always walk forward through it (Darkness).
- Ironically, the title-track is just nearly anti-belief.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Just about the entirety of Believe has this theme.
- Cosmic Plaything: The Curse.
- Crapsack World: Common theme in their music.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: This Moment.
- Darker and Edgier: Indestructible, according to the band. Lyrically, very much so; Draiman's string of bad luck inspired much of the work.
- If the name wasn't already an indication, Asylum seems to have out-dimmed Indestructible; with topics ranging from the Nazi Holocaust, corrupt attorneys, miscarriage, global warming, bad relationships and overall deep depression to fantastic/mystical songs about werewolves and succubus demons, it's no sunshine-and-rainbows record.
- Dark Is Not Evil/Superpowered Evil Side: This seems to be the theme of the chorus to 'The Night'
There can be no better way of knowing
In a world beyond controlling
Are you going to deny the savior
In front of your eyes
Stare into the night
Power beyond containing
Are you going to remain a slave for
The rest of your life
Give into the night
- Deal with the Devil: Dehumanized.
- Also Inside the Fire, where the devil is offering to take him to live in hell with the girl he loves who killed herself.
- Demonic Possession: Deceiver, Haunted.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The Curse contains this little gem.
"No hope for the hopeless".
- Despair Event Horizon: Breathe (for the victim, not the narrator), Darkness, The Infection and Asylum (which is about being driven to insanity by the memory of a lost loved one).
- Supposedly David's lyrics for the Asylum album were so dark, even for a guy who's not known for his light and fluffy sentiments to begin with, that Dan was honestly worried David was approaching this point in Real Life.
- Of course, the cover of Land of Confusion is just as despairing as the original version.
- Determinator: "Indestructible", "I'm Alive".
- Downer Ending: Just about every song on The Sickness has some hostile outcome, though ambiguous as to whether this is a bad thing.
- Otherwise there's Breathe, Guarded, Forgiven, Inside the Fire, Asylum and My Child (the last three the most obviously so).
- Stricken, Overburdened and The Infection are more about the outcome of a Downer Ending.
- Driven to Suicide: Inside The Fire.note
- Filk Song: The Asylum B-Side song Old Friend is about Dexter, which Draiman is supposedly a fan of. He confirmed this himself on his Twitter.
- Flanderization: Lyrically the majority of the songs used to cover themes of anger, disenchantment, annoyance at society, hatred and violent malice until Draiman started noticing that people were using these songs as work-out tunes and adrenaline-pumpers (the military in particular taking to this). He's started capitalizing on the band's natural talent for making these recently by writing more combat-oriented anthems of death, starting most obviously with Indestructible and This Moment.
- Green Aesop: Another Way to Die.
- Grief Album: Believe, most notably Darkness.
- Hearing Voices: Voices, Deceiver.
- Heavy Meta: Rise.
- Horny Devils: Serpentine, which is about the sort of manipulative women who use their sexual prowess to prey on vulnerable men seems to portray them as this.
- "I Am" Song: Indestructible, Perfect Insanity, Divide, and vaguely I'm Alive.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Violence Fetish.
- Intercourse with You: Meaning of Life, though probably one of the most twisted examples listed.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Sacrifice is said to be inspired by this trope.
- "Join the Army," They Said
- The Juggernaut: The refrain of "Indestructible" sums it up well.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: Hell.
- Loners Are Freaks: Divide.
- Love Martyr: Façade.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Breathe is a tranquil tune about stalking a helpless prey and whispering to them while they die.
- Madness Mantra: "I wanna get psycho" in Meaning of Life and "I think I'm losing my mind... lost my mind" in Perfect Insanity.
- Malicious Slander: Innocence, 3.
- Manly Tears: Rise.
"I cannot stop this pure emotion / falling from my eyes."
- Meaningful Name: 'The Lost Children', a collection of Disturbed's works that the public never saw.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Innocence, 3.
- Mondegreen: In "Inside the Fire," does he say, "Devon, no longer living" or "Devon, one of eleven"?
- In "Warrior", it sounds like he's saying "So suicide now" instead of "So decide now". He also at one point sounds like he's saying "I am a weapon of immense ability" instead of "Invincibility". Really, both of them work.
- Money Song: Avarice.
- Mook Horror Show: The refrain of "Indestructible" has the line "From the other side a terror to behold."
- Murder Ballad: Breathe, as mentioned in Lyrical Dissonance.
- The Notable Numeral: The Asylum B-Side 3 was written about the West Memphis Three, told from their perspective. Draiman had expressed a desire to donate it somehow on their behalf rather than release it conventionally, which the band did eventually over their website, asking for dollar donations to get the song. The proceeds go towards the defense fund of Damien Echols.
- Person of Mass Destruction: "Indestructible" and "Warrior".
- Please Don't Leave Me: Stricken, in a sense; it's about a person who came into the narrator's life, bringing nothing but problems. The narrator stuck by them despite it, but they ultimately left without explanation. The narrator seemed to be in love with the person, but is conflicted on whether he wants them back, or can let them go.
- Protest Song: Many, mostly from Ten Thousand Fists. Draiman's later said that he no longer sees the meaning of these since they rarely cause an effect.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Fear. Apparently the song is meant to be told from the perspective of the victim.
- Religion Rant Song: Prayer is a type one.
This is the way I pray
- Revenge: Hell.
- Rhyming with Itself
- Rockstar Song: Monster, though it's actually a subversion. It's more along the lines of a rant about how being a rockstar kind of sucks.
- Sanity Slippage Song: They're called Disturbed. They have tons of these.
- Shoo the Dog: Guarded, though presented critically.
- Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: The concept behind Prayer.
"It's not very godly for a God to inflict pain and suffering on his people to elicit a response. I would hope that God wouldn't be that petty. But if that's what is happening and you're inflicting pain and suffering to get me to return to the flock, bring it on. There's nothing that you're going to do to me that's going to change my conviction or change my path".
- Split Personality Takeover: Implied at the end of Sacrifice.
- Stepford Smiler: Façade.
- Survivor Guilt: If Remnants is to be interpreted as the last moments of the loved one's life as they died, the narrator's line about "No remnants were ever found of it" probably means that he's the only one who knows about her death.note
- Take That: Never Again has a piece of its chorus directed at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Take That, Critics!: Droppin' Plates. FYI, "Plates" is an old studio term for hit records.
- Tautological Templar: In "Overburdened" Hell is overburdened with Knight Templars who don't understand why they are being sent there. Subverted when the narrator seems to make a Heel Realization mid verse:
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Droppin' Plates"
- True Companions: References to camaraderie are a common theme. Rise and I'm Alive shoot to thought.
- The Unfettered: Divide.
- The Virus: Haunted.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: 3.
- Welcome to My World
- Witch Hunt: 3.
- Wolf Man: The Animal.
- World War II: "Never Again" is mainly about the Holocaust.
- You Are Worth Hell: Inside the Fire. Arguable since it's Based on a True Story, which indicates that the protagonist didn't commit suicide.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Inside the Fire. And how! The Devil (who's also the narrator) is ranting and raving, screaming temptation at the grieving Draiman... ouch...
- You Will Not Evade Me: Run.
- Astronomic Zoom: D.O.D. starts out with this sort of intro.
- Breaking the Bonds: Asylum's cover art◊.
- Catchphrase: The Disturbed1s have "Spread the sickness, infect the world."
- Digital Piracy Is Not Evil: They really don't care if you download their songs.
- Fetus Terrible: The creature being born on The Sickness album cover. The band calls it "a monster".
- Fist of Rage: The Ten Thousand Fists album cover.
- Iconic Logo: No where near the level of The Rolling Stones' Tongue & Lip, but the Believe medallion combining the Star of David, the Christian Crucifix, the Pagan Pentagram and Islamic Crescent Moon has become the group's standard image.
- There is also the Guy's face.
- Licensed Game: The band had (for a time) unveiled an online game based on the Asylum album. It's uses has full-motion video based around the patient's vision. It appears to have since been taken down.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Collection, a Boxed Set of the bands' five albums on vinyl. It will supposedly have a few Revenue Enhancing Devices as well. Additionally it will have pieces of artwork unique to this release and is being limited to 2500 copies.
- Mascot: The Guy. More info in the Disturbed Character Sheet.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A 6½. Yes a 6½.
- Nintendo Hard: Another Way to Die on Rock Band is basically double-bass hell.
- Out of the Inferno: The Indestructible album cover.
- Pre-Order Bonus: Those who pre-ordered Indestructible from the band's website got a poster, a VIP for major Disturbed events throughout the year, the song "Run" and the Making-of documentary.
- Real Person Fic: Oddly enough, they do exist. Some of them have the band palling around with The Guy.
- Record Producer: For the first three albums they worked with the Chicago producer Johnny "K" Karkazis, then went the DIY path from Indestructible onward. The loss of his influence can be felt.
- Interestingly, K after parting with Disturbed produced a string of successful albums,note earning him a Grammy nomination for Producer of the year 2008, same class as Disturbed's nomination for Inside the Fire. Neither won.
- Vitamin String Quartet: One of the many, many, many bands covered by them.
- Audience Participation Song: Land of Confusion, Stupify, Ten Thousand Fists.
- Bad To The Bone: Any time the familiar drum opening or staccato howl from Down with the Sickness is heard in a film, something violent is probably going to happen.
- Bilingual Bonus: Draiman will sometimes slip Hebrew phrases into some of his works, such as "Tefached" in the bridge of Stupify, and "Elochai / Bury me tonight" in Pain Redefined. These translate to "Be afraid" and "My God" respectively.
- Cover Drop: "You will remember the night you were struck by / the sight of / Ten Thousand Fists in the Air!".
- Cover Version: Shout by Tears For Fears into Shout 2000, Land of Confusion by Genesis, Midlife Crisis by Faith No More,note spearheaded by Chi from the Deftones which Mike Patton put a stop to because he doesn't want there to be FNM tribute for some reason. There's two versions of the song floating around the internet, one with Fuzz on bass that leaked onto and was floating around file-sharing sites for years and a 2008 remix that many thought would be a B-Side to Indestructible but which ultimately appeared officially on Warner Records' Covered: A Revolution In Sound, Living After Midnight by Judas Priest and most bizarrely I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (ISHWILF) by U2. They also covered/remade Jim Johnstone's theme for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin into "Glass Shatters".
- Live, they've been known to cover Walk by Pantera whenever the Abbot brothers were nearby. Since the death of Dimebag Darrell, they haven't done it since. Interestingly, the group preformed a cover of Cold Gin by KISS in Darrell's honour when the band organized a benifit show for the Abbot family. They performed Fade to Black by Metallica during MAAW II, and during their underground days they would do Tool, Korn and Sevendust covers.
- Some covers aren't necessarily Disturbed covers, but more localized to Draiman, such as a when he went to a Steel Panther (at the time, called Metal Skool) concert, and they (in typical Steel Panther fashion) invited him up on-stage to sing Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin. Another event had the cover group Camp Freddy backing him while he sang Man in the Box by Alice in Chains (with Jerry Cantrell).
- Down With The Sickness has been covered by Richard Cheese, in Lounge Lizard style. And it is awesome.
- Dark Age of Supernames: Most songs that aren't Adjective Nouns (Violence Fetish, Ten Thousand Fists, Perfect Insanity, Sacred Lie), The X of Y (Meaning of Life, Sons of Plunder, Land of Confusion), or The Something (The Game, The Night, The Curse, The Infection, The Animal) are likely single word titled. This fits in with Draiman's cryptic lyrical style, so he's generally being very blunt when a song name is a phrase (I'm Alive, Just Stop, Leave It Alone, Never Again, Another Way to Die, Inside the Fire, Pain Redefined, etc.)
- Dramatic Thunder: Haunted.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: Asylum and Remnants, which begins with several serene electronic sounds, moving into a subdued acoustic section which leads into a minute of 80's-inspired guitar euphoria and then after a quiet sustain (and heavy bass galloping) becoming the radio-ready Asylum, a 7-minute, 2-part song (the band's longest to date).
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: Haunted, Serpentine.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "All I wanted was just one FUAWK / One tiny, little, innocent FUAWK".
- Heartbeat Soundtrack
- Hidden Track: The band had hoped that their U2 cover would be this, but since iTunes generally splits up hidden tracksnote , this was spoiled weeks in advance.
- Howl of Sorrow: Draiman's animal noises could be interpreted as this depending on the context. Oddly missing from The Animal.
- In the Style of...: All of their covers that aren't by metal or hard rock bands. "Putting our stamp on it" they call it. In Wengren's words:
Interviewer: Do you all weigh in when you cover a song?"
Mike: Absolutely. Its just something thats fun to do. Its like a tension release, really. We spend months at a time focusing on creating new material. Once were comfortable with the bulk of the material and we know that we almost have a record ready, then we will lay back a bit and have some fun, and thats what those covers are. We get to see what we can do with somebody elses song. Its usually a band that we have a lot of respect for and have been heavily influenced by, like Faith No More or Judas Priest, or its a band that we feel has had a great hit from the past and we can try and do a 180 on the song and put our own spin on and not get crucified for it.
- Last Note Nightmare
- Laughing Mad: Inside the Fire.
- Loudness War: Asylum has noticeably squashed playback when entered in a sound editor.
- Metal Scream: Enough; probably the closest thing to a death growl Draiman will ever get, the other being his scream in Crucified.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A 6½. Yes a 6½. It fluctuates here and there, but is always firmly rooted at a half-way point (see the hard rock/heavy metal ambiguity note above).
- Mondegreen: The people at Rock Band who charted Indestructible mistook the lyric "Their opponent had to be invincible" for "Their opponents tend to be invincible". They did it again with their chart of "The Animal" in having the lyric be "Ticking bomb in the glimmer of this tainted moonlight" instead of "Taking form in the glimmer".
- Mood Whiplash: This is how the band describes the soft, mournful opening and subsequent blast of guitars in Another Way to Die: "Give them a gentle caress on the cheek before smacking them in the face", in their words.
- Motor Mouth: Not as fast as some of the other examples, but just try to understand the lyrics to Liberate's opening verse, Fear's vocal bridge, or Meaning of Life's shout segment without reading them beforehand.
- Non-Appearing Title
- Power Ballad: They've recently turned Remember into one.
- Precision F-Strike: The Sickness had prominent cussing nearly the entire track through, then Believe left it out with the exception of one song (Liberate). TTF has only a single swearing song (Sons of Plunder) which is itself a Precision F Strike. Indestructible and Asylum are more balanced, and the swearing that's there isn't as pronounced.
- Rated M for Manly: Just try to deny it.
- Refrain from Assuming: Meaning of Life as "Get Psycho" and Conflict as "Enemy" (the latter contains the word "Enemy" 52 times).
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Played live, Moyer has to do his best Draiman impersonation.
- Self Plagiarism/Suspiciously Similar Song: The so-ah! noises in Glass Shatters are a rather blatant redux of the noises in Voices. Possibly justified in that Disturbed didn't actually compose the song, simply performing it in their own style without much flexibility.
- Scatting: The Game's scat section most notably, along with Down With The Sickness and This Moment's more contained screams (yet Draiman swears that there are actual words to some of it).
- Soprano and Gravel: By the same person.
- Spoken Word in Music
- Subdued Section
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Two, maybe just one.note
- Three Chords and the Truth: The Sickness is likely one of the most simple but awesome records you'll ever hear.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: Down with the Sickness' final chorus moves two strings up in pitch.
- The Unfavourite: The band has been pretty clear about not caring for Glass Shatters
- Voice Clip Song
- Verbed Title
- Abandoned Hospital: Stricken.
- Animated Music Video: Land of Confusion, thanks to Todd McFarlane.
- Bedlam House: Asylum, of course, which includes gratuitous restraint, regular beatings and occasional torture. Parts of it are implied to be a part of the patient's delusion, but based on the more sane perspectives from the doctor's POV, the Asylum isn't that pretty to begin with.
- Big "NO!": Inside The Fire's opening.
- Compelling Voice: Voices, Inside the Fire.
- Content Warnings: The uncensored version of Inside the Fire opens with Draiman cautioning the audience about the sensitive subject matter, and that the lyrics and imagery in the video might be hard for people with suicidal thoughts to take, ending with him giving the number for the national suicide prevention hotline (since he appears to have done this in his own home, it was probably his personal wish). After the video is over the number comes up again with a notice that the hotline isn't affiliated with the video's producers nor do they endorse its contents.
- Cool Car: Since it takes place in a parking garage, The Night has Draiman singing in front of a sweet Lincoln Continental, circa 60's-70's.
- Cuckoo Nest/Or Was It a Dream?: To depict his insanity, Asylum has the patient throughout the video trying to escape from the asylum, only to be killed every time. After a brief shot of a literal Reset Button, he wakes up in his padded room occasionally finding some reference to his Hallucinations within. This ends with him throwing himself into a furnace thinking he'll end up back in his cell... except this time it was real.
- Dress Rehearsal Video: Stupify, Stricken, Indestructible, Inside the Fire, and The Night.
- Evil Chef: Asylum, when the patient meets him, he grins then tries to catch, cook and serve the poor bastard using a chainsaw. While attempting to escape, the patient knocks into a fridge which opens to reveal chilled human bodyparts. One Gory Discretion Shot later, we're treated to shot of human stew garnished with an eyeball. It was thought to be All Just a Dream, but afterwards the doctors Force Feed him the human soup that was supposed to be him.
- Exploding Fish Tank: Stupify.
- Faceless, Gas Mask Mooks: In Land of Confusion.
- Gaia's Lament: Another Way To Die has multiple points dedicated to humans living as they do, then switches to a future that could be.
- A Glass of Chianti: The Animal, using a bloody example.
- Imagine Spot: Voices, to portray the violent thoughts in the subject's head.
- The Invisible Band: Another Way To Die.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Draiman throughout the videos. It's hard to find an instance of his on-camera presence in which he isn't doing this.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table
- Music Video Overshadowing: Asylum doesn't have that much to do with the song's meaning (which doesn't talk about a literal asylum). This could also be taken as simply a case of All There in the Linear notes.
- In recent videos it seems as if the director Just Doesn't Care, chasing Rule of Scary over the song meanings. One egregious example would be The Animal, which is heavily built around the Indonesian lore of the Pontianak, a kind a Vampire similar to a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl. The song was written primarily from a western perspective in defiance of the Vampire fad (since Draiman has already contributed to that with Forsaken and Devour).
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many fans theorize that one of the background characters in Land of Confusion is modeled after Zakk Wylde.
- Moreover, the five evil world leaders looks suspiciously like their real-world counterparts at the time (Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac, Junichiro Koizumi, Tony Blair). Oddly, only the American leader doesn't look particularly like George W. Bush, despite the band not being shy about using his voice clips in Deify (this may just be a cop-out by Todd McFarlane).
- No Escape but Down: Asylum, when the patient is being pursued chooses this.
- Performance Video
- Police State: Another Way To Die has Oil Company Mercenaries controlling the remaining water supplies while suppressing any kind of agriculture outside of their control.
- Power Glows: The Guy in Land of Confusion.
- Psychotic Smirk: Draiman is prone to this in the videos.
- In Asylum the doctors and staff are often doing this from the patient's perspective.
- Putting on the Reich
- Savage Wolves: The wolves in The Animal. They looked intimidating in the first half of the video (especially interwoven with the line "We begin the hunt tonight") until they attempted to kill the band. By the end of the video the entire pack has been domesticated.
- The Stinger: The final scene in Asylum has the charred corpse that was once the patient laying in a morgue... only for his eyes to open and stare at the camera (the schizophrenic camera editing remains).
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Asylum has both the standard variety and the "wheeled down a hallway" type. The doctors while trying to calm down the patient with cold water to the face, eventually drown him. The beginning also has the "strapped into a chair" variety, but the patient escapes before any of the surgical equipment sprinkled throughout the scene is used.
- Surreal Music Video: Asylum edges close to this. Scene depicted from the patient's POV are edited and undercranked to erratically flash with violent imagery. Meanwhile, scenes without the patient are completely clean shots. This could also be considered a way to differentiate between the patient's insanity and reality.
- Talky Bookends: Voices and Inside the Fire.
- Twice Told Tale: Prayer's video is based on the Book of Job.
- Unflinching Walk: Prayer.
- Vertical Kidnapping