Personnel: Dan Donegan (vocals, guitar, strings, electronics); Jeremy Jayson (vocals, guitar); Mike Wengren (vocals, drums, percussion); Sean Corcoran, Dan Chandler (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Dan Donegan.
Recording information: Bone-Butter Studios, Homer Glen, IL; Groovemaster Studios, Chicago, IL.
Illustrator: David Dees .
Photographer: Dan Machnik.
While David Draiman might have gone on a more exploratory expedition with his post-Disturbed side project, Device, guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren show that hard rock still runs in their blood on A Life by Design?, the first album from their new project, Fight or Flight. With a blend of plaintiveness and power, the album finds the pair, along with singer Dan Chandler from Evans Blue, picking up the torch their other band set down when they went on hiatus in 2011. While Fight or Flight certainly shares some of the same DNA as its founders' other work, A Life by Design? feels less visceral and more reflective, creating a refreshing shift in tone that allows the work to stand on its own merit. ~ Gregory Heaney