August is arguably filled with more big releases than any other month in 2015 so far, which made for a very competitive battle for the Loudwire Release of the Month. You voted, we counted and Disturbed's Immortalized album has been selected by Loudwire's readers as the August 2015 Release of the Month. As stated, it was a competitive month and Ghost's Meliora, Bullet for My Valentine's Venom, P.O.D.'s The Awakening, The Devil Wears Prada's Space EP and Motorhead's Bad Magic all putting up major voting totals, but Disturbed's Immortalized took the title.

The disc, the band's sixth studio album overall, was recorded in secret in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko. Disturbed, who have been on a lengthy hiatus, kept news of their new album under wraps to make their return a nice surprise for fans. Frontman David Draiman told Full Metal Jackie, "We really just wanted to get away from the predictable and cyclical and an assembly line and reinvigorated everything. And when you look at reports that were issued recently by Spotify and the touring marketplace showing that hard rock and heavy metal have the most dedicated fan bases, are the hungriest as far as consuming music and that hard rock/heavy metal festivals and concerts are still the top draw on the planet, that’s encouraging. That sounds like a good time to come back."

The band knew what was at stake after being away for so long and Draiman added, "I think we all felt that the album had to be powerful enough and good enough to make people feel that the hiatus was justified, which is a very daunting thing. I think that we all collectively feel like we did that, and it’s up to the fans. It’s always one thing for the artist to talk about their own work. We’re too close to it. It’s very hard to not be the proud papa every single minute of the day when it comes to your own creation. At the end of the day it really will be up to the fans and I hope that they feel that it is something that was worth waiting for."

Fresh out of the gate, the band dropped "The Vengeful One" single, a perfect re-introduction that will fit nicely with their back catalogue. Add in an eye-popping visual gem from video director Phil Mucci featuring Disturbed's mascot "The Guy" and the buzz surrounding Disturbed's return hit a fevered pitch.

In the lead up to the new album, the group has also issued lyric videos for the Immortalized title track and the weed-inspired rocker "Fire It Up." Other tracks of note on the new album include "What Are You Waiting For?," "Never Wrong" and the band's interesting cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "The Sound of Silence."

Dan Donegan said in a recent teaser video, "This is only coming back because we’re fired up, we have something to offer, we’re ready to bring it. Each time we go out is always going to be a new challenge. That’s part of it. You just kind of figure it out. This is the life we chose. We love what we do. We love that we’re blessed to have a long career, and now it just comes time for everybody to figure out how to balance family and career.”

Disturbed's Immortalized will drop on Aug. 21 via Reprise Records. It's currently available to pre-order via Amazon and iTunes. At press time, only an Aug. 21 record release show in the band's hometown of Chicago is scheduled, but to stay up to date with additional shows, click here.

Once again, congrats to Disturbed and their fans as Immortalized has been named Loudwire's August 2015 Release of the Month.

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