The Lost Children is a compilation of B-sides and rarities from Chicago rock veterans Disturbed, and it's particularly noteworthy since it could be the final release from the band, who are going on "indefinite hiatus." Fortunately, the record does not disappoint: From start to finish, this is a fascinating glimpse at the parts left on the cutting-room floor. Opening with the torrential “Hell” and titanic “A Welcome Burden,” the album bursts out of the gates with the ferocity of a raging bull. At 16 tracks, there is something for every Disturbed fan, from the Dexter-inspired “Old Friend” and the pummeling “3” to the operatic “Sickened.” The album closes with two wildly enjoyable covers: Faith No More’s “Midlife Crisis” and Judas Priest’s “Living After Midnight,” on which the guys show off their diverse influences while still making each song their own. Tracing Disturbed's path from their debut album all the way to their last record, Asylum, this album acts as an underground Greatest Hits, of sorts. Any hardcore fan will be immediately familiar with the sound on the majority of this album. Granted, it is a collection of B-sides, but any lack of overall cohesiveness or structure makes this album an enjoyably random pile of 16 good-to-great songs that force the listener to pick through and find their favorite. In a way, this is Disturbed at the top of their game. Each of these tracks deserves to see the light of day. Let's hope they aren't the final songs we hear from David Draiman & Co. JEREMY BORJON
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