“Land of Confusion” By Disturbed
From the album “Ten Thousand Fists”
I wish I could’ve been a fly on the wall to hear the band Disturbed discussing possible songs to record. “Hey, what about ‘Land of Confusion’ by Genesis?” someone may have asked. “What? Are you crazy?” They toss it around for a while and decide to learn it.
You know, regular pop rock can really rock, given the right circumstances. “Land of Confusion,” from Genesis’ album from 1986 (oh, man, do I feel old) really is a pulsing, driving, lyrically evocative song. Kudos to Disturbed for such an excellent choice.
Believe it or not, this song comes from Disturbed’s 2005 album, Ten Thousand Fists. It’s taken a while for this song to catch on, but I think it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves.
Disturbed has taken “Land of Confusion” into the 21st century with their brand of metal. Singer David Draiman’s voice is incredible. He reminds me of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Disturbed is no stranger to interesting cover song choices. They’ve bravely covered “Shout,” originally recorded by Tears for Fears, and, according to “All Music Guide,” “Blasphemous Rumors” by Depeche Mode. I can’t find that song anywhere, but if you listen to Depeche Mode’s version, you’ll find the deplorable lyrics “I think that God’s got a sick sense of humor.”
Disturbed’s original songs are good as well: “Stupefy” and “Down With the Sickness” are standouts to me musically. I’ve never really looked at the lyrics closely but the music rocks.
The lyrics to “Land of Confusion” are dead on (lyrics found at http://www.seeklyrics.com:
There’s too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And there’s not much love to go around
Can’t you see this is the land of confusion?
Really, the song could’ve been called “Land of Sin,” because sin is the problem.
On a serious ending note, I read that singer David Draiman is an atheist. David, more than likely, you probably feel that religion and Christianity are for fools. However, Psalm 14:1 says “The fool says in heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Can you look around you and say to yourself, “this world we live in, the beauty of life and nature, are just by mere coincidence, luck or whatever”? It takes more faith to not believe that someone or something created the universe than to think it just happened and we crawled out of some slimy pit and evolved over millions of years. Has it been a “land of confusion” for millions of years, and we’ve managed to survive each other? Nah, we’ve only been around for a couple thousand years, and sooner or later, God will change everything.
David, and all other atheists out there, it’s not too late for you to repent of your sin and unbelief, and cry out to the one true God for salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, for “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:21)