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Disturbed is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The group was formed in 1996 when musicians Dan Donegan, Steve "Fuzz" Kmak, and Mike Wengren hired singer David Draiman in Chicago, Illinois. They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Originally classified as a nu metal band, Disturbed is now regarded by some music critics as hard rock or heavy metal, although others now regard them as alternative metal. However, the band's genre is still being debated.
Early on, Disturbed started recording several demos and played live shows. In 2000, the band released its debut album, titled The Sickness. Disturbed headlined Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest tour in 2001 alongside Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Black Label Society, and Crazy Town. Afterwards, the band started their own tour, called Music as a Weapon. The bands Adema, Drowning Pool, Stereomud, and Systematic were featured on the tour alongside Disturbed.
Before joining Marilyn Manson's 2001 European tour, Disturbed's bassist Steve "Fuzz" Kmak was unable to play with the band due to a shattered ankle. Fuzz injured his ankle by falling out of a fire escape outside Disturbed's rehearsal hall in Chicago. He took the fire escape to exit the building while the elevator was being used to move their equipment downstairs. After a successful operation, doctors highly recommended that he skip the tour to avoid more severe damage to his foot. But he did perform with the band at Disturbed's show in Chicago. A bass player named Marty O'Brian was recruited and filled Fuzz's spot until Fuzz was able to play again.
Believe, Mainstream Success
In September 2002, Disturbed released another studio album, Believe, which debuted at #1. Disturbed's frontman, David Draiman, recorded the vocals for "Forsaken", a track written and produced by Jonathan Davis of Korn for the Queen of the Damned soundtrack. In 2003, the band once again participated in the Ozzfest tour and started another one of their own tours named Music as a Weapon II. The bands Chevelle, Taproot, and Unloco toured with them.
In early 2003, after Disturbed had finished the Music as a Weapon II tour, the band experienced the departure of bassist Fuzz, who was excused from the group for "personal differences". He was replaced with Matt Konopinski very briefly, and then John Moyer, who is the current bass player.
Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed's third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists, was released worldwide on September 20, 2005, and debuted at #1 in North America, despite being leaked 55 days before it's scheduled release. A month after the release of Ten Thousand Fists, Disturbed headlined the Jägermeister tour along with the band Corrosion of Conformity.
Disturbed supplied the song "Stricken" for WWE's New Year's Revolution 2006. In April 2006, the band completed an Australian tour supporting Korn and sharing the tour with 10 Years and Hatebreed. In mid-2006, a European tour was scheduled but had been moved twice due to the band's frontman having troubles with his voice.
In late 2006, Draiman underwent surgery for a deviated septum which affected his voice. It was successful, and ever since then, Draiman has limited his drinking on the road. Disturbed headlined Ozzfest 2006 along with Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, DragonForce, Avenged Sevenfold, Lacuna Coil, and Hatebreed. The band also went on the European tour that had been previously moved twice earlier in 2006. Disturbed headlined another one of their own tours named Music as a Weapon III; the bands Flyleaf, Stone Sour, and Nonpoint toured with them.
Disturbed completed the first leg of their Music as a Weapon III tour in late 2006. Soon after, Draiman stated that there wasn't going to be a second leg to the tour and that instead the band was going off the road to start working on their fourth album. In July 2007, a new track titled "This Moment" was released on the soundtrack to the movie Transformers. The band then worked on the new album through the months of October and November, with recording finished in December of 2007.
The band mixed their fourth album , titled Indestructible, in Los Angeles. In an earlier interview, Draiman said that they are going to record 15 songs, but only 12 will be on the album.
It has been recently announced that Disturbed will tour over July and August of 2008 in the "Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival". They will be touring on the main stage alongside Slipknot, DragonForce, and Mastodon. The band has also been announced to play at both the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals, as well as the Download Festival during June 2008.
On February 26, 2008, the band released a thirty-second sample of a newly re-recorded version of an old track from before their first album, The Sickness, titled "Perfect Insanity" on their MySpace page. The track has been confirmed to be on Indestructible. On March 7, 2008, "Perfect Insanity" was made available for full download on their website, which led to the song receiving some minor radio airplay.
On March 25, 2008, Indestructible's first official single, "Inside the Fire", was released for playback on the band's MySpace page and made available on digital distribution services for purchase.
On April 18, 2008, Draiman had a lengthy interview on MTV's Headbangers Blog website where he talked about a struggle with a heroin addiction when he was 16, inspiration for the song "Inside the Fire", serious accidents, bad relationships, touring, and the process of making Indestructible.
On May 6, 2008, Disturbed released their previously free song "Perfect Insanity" on iTunes as Indestructible's second official single.
On May 29, 2008, Disturbed played their first live online concert. The concert was sponsored by Pepsi and DeepRockDrive. They performed in Las Vegas. Disturbed took time in between each song and answered a few questions or comments from fans.
On June 3, Indestructible was released worldwide.
- David Draiman - Vocals (1996-present)
- Dan Donegan - Guitar (1996-present)
- John Moyer - Bass (2004-present)
- Mike Wengren - Drums (1996-present)
- Steve "Fuzz" Kmak - Bass (1996-2003)