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DAVID DRAIMAN On Upcoming DISTURBED Album: ‘It’s About 90 Percent Heavy As F**k’

David Draiman says that DISTURBED‘s upcoming album is “heavy as fuck.”

The 49-year-old singer addressed the band’s follow-up to 2018’s “Evolution” throughout DISTURBED‘s live performance final night time (Saturday, Might 21) at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

“Now we have a brand new report that may quickly be launched,” David informed the gang earlier than DISTURBED launched into the tune “Voices” from the band’s 2000 debut album “The Illness”. “And it is about 90 % heavy as fuck. Now there’s nonetheless 10 % of caring, loving goodness [laughs] — 10 %. Hey, for everyone that fell in love with ‘The Sound Of Silence’ [SIMON & GARFUNKEL] cowl, I figured, … However the remainder of it? ‘Illness’-, ‘Ten Thousand Fists’-era DISTURBED, for certain. You enthusiastic about that? ‘Trigger I will inform you we’re actually fucking enthusiastic about it.”

Final month, DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren informed “The Mistress Carrie Podcast” that he and his bandmates are “undoubtedly in the course of the method” of creating a brand new album. “We have been writing, we have been recording,” he stated. “I am very enthusiastic about the whole lot that we’re developing with proper now. It is feeling nice, it is sounding nice.”

He continued: “We do not essentially have a definitive time-frame proper now [for the album’s release]. Coming off two years of a pandemic, we simply have been taking our time in attempting to place out the perfect report of our careers and prime the whole lot that we have ever finished earlier than.

“I feel persons are gonna be pleasantly stunned after they lastly get an opportunity to listen to this,” Mike added.

Wengren‘s feedback got here simply days after Draiman confirmed that DISTURBED has accomplished recording the brand new LP. Previous to that, Draiman shared a since-deleted Instagram picture of a whiteboard — which appeared to have been taken in a recording studio — charting DISTURBED‘s progress with recording. On the board, 10 songs have been listed, that includes such titles as “Hey You”, “Love To Hate” and “Half Of Me”. David captioned the image: “And that is a wrap individuals. #HolyShitIsThisGood #epic @disturbed”. Additionally included on the whiteboard was the guitar tuning for every monitor, with most of them utilizing “Commonplace C#”, “Drop C#” or “Drop C” tuning. One monitor was additionally recorded in “Drop A#” tuning, whereas one other is in “Drop B”.

Draiman spoke in regards to the progress of the songwriting classes for the brand new DISTURBED album throughout a current look on “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio present hosted by Full Metallic Jackie. Concerning what it has been like for him and his bandmates to regroup in individual after such a very long time aside and as soon as once more launch the inventive course of, he stated: “There’s actually nothing that replaces it. It was a seamless theme of dialog over the course of the week that we had collectively between our couple of exhibits we performed in Indiana [in early November] and our efficiency over in Daytona for [the] Welcome To Rockville [festival]. There actually isn’t any substitute. There is not. The power and that realization while you’ve received one thing. Evaluate it to fishing, and also you lastly land a giant one. [Laughs] It is extremely, extremely thrilling. And we have been on hearth.”

As for the musical path of the brand new DISTURBED songs, Draiman stated: “The fabric is someplace between ‘The Illness’ and ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ so far as the place I’d establish it as sonically. It is rhythmic, it is pummeling, it is anthemic, it is polysyncopated. It is meat-and-potatoes DISTURBED.”

David additionally mentioned DISTURBED‘s obvious resolution to pursue a extra aggressive musical strategy on its subsequent LP in comparison with “Evolution”, on which almost half the songs have been both acoustic or semi-acoustic.

“It is a totally different kind of itch you are scratching,” he stated. “You’ll be able to have the satisfaction that comes with, as an instance, enjoying together with your kids peacefully someplace and you’ll have a distinct kind of satisfaction in participating in full-contact soccer together with your buddies. It is only a totally different really feel. They’re each equally as gratifying however typically you simply get a little bit style extra for one than the opposite. And proper now we’re undoubtedly — we have got our tooth dug in to that model. We have been dying to do the extra aggressive stuff. We needed to return dwelling. We needed to return to the ‘groove so arduous you could’t cease bobbing your head’ type of stuff. So, we’re there, and we’re loving it.”

Previous to DISTURBED‘s look on the 2021 version of Welcome To Rockville final November, Draiman informed Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio that the band will possible do issues barely in a different way with the upcoming launch. “The best way that I see it taking place is we’re in all probability not gonna put out one thing within the conventional full-length; we’re in all probability gonna be doing two separate releases,” he defined. “So we’ll in all probability have one geared for launch — if the whole lot works as deliberate — by the autumn, after which perhaps one thing the next 12 months as effectively.” When Brutus requested Draiman to make clear if that implies that the subsequent DISTURBED launch will likely be an EP, David stated: “Outline it what you need, however it could like 5 or 6 songs at a pop — one thing like that.

“We stay in an atmosphere proper now and in an age the place individuals’s consumption of music has been very soundbitish and really track-driven and really single-driven,” he continued. “And there is undoubtedly some magnificence in direction of persevering with to attempt to [make] issues like idea information and telling a protracted story over the period of a collection of songs — there’s enormous benefit to that — however I feel that while you write 10 songs and three of them really get labored at radio and perhaps, when you’re fortunate, the followers are actually acquainted with half the report and the remaining finally ends up sitting on a shelf, and when you do find yourself pulling it out at some point, it is like an obscure, bizarre second throughout the set, and it is nearly like gratuitous for your self. I do not wanna do this anymore. I wanna make the whole lot depend. I wanna be sure that we get the most important bang for the whole lot we’re placing on the market. I feel that that ought to be simply attainable. It appears to be the place the atmosphere goes, and it appears to be — whether or not we prefer it or not — what the digital age has funneled us into.”

DISTURBED carried out stay for the primary time in almost two years final September as one of many headliners of the Louder Than Life competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

In March 2021, DISTURBED‘s “The Illness twentieth Anniversary Tour” was formally canceled. The amphitheater tour, with very particular visitor STAIND and BAD WOLVES, was initially slated to happen in the summertime of 2020 however was rescheduled to 2021 as a result of coronavirus pandemic. It was ultimately scrapped altogether.

“The Illness twentieth Anniversary Tour” was speculated to rejoice the twentieth anniversary of DISTURBED‘s seminal album “The Illness”. On the tour, the band was anticipated to carry out songs off the album, in addition to tracks from “Evolution” and DISTURBED‘s intensive catalog.

In September 2020, DISTURBED launched a canopy model of Sting‘s 1993 single “If I Ever Lose My Religion In You”.

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