DISTURBED – DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS

I love how I’m all smiling and singing in the bridge when he’s screaming that he wants his mom to fucking die. mom – it’s not personal.



Album: The Sickness

Released: March 7, 2000
Labels: Giant • Reprise

Album cover – The Sickness (2000)

Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1996. The band includes vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. Former band members are bassist Steve Kmak and vocalist Erich Awalt. The band has released six studio albums, five of which have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Disturbed went into hiatus in October 2011, during which the band’s members focused on various side projects, and returned in June 2015, releasing their first album in four years, Immortalized, on August 21, 2015.

Disturbed

Original vocalist Erich Awalt left the band shortly after the recording of the band’s first demo tape; the other three members advertised for a singer. They posted an advertisement in the local music publication in Chicago, Illinois, called the “Illinois Entertainer”. Draiman answered the advertisement after going to twenty other auditions that month. Guitarist Dan Donegan commented on Draiman: “You know, out of all the singers that we had talked to or auditioned, he was the only singer who was ready to go with originals. And that impressed me, just to attempt that”. With regard to Draiman being the singer for the band, Donegan said, “After a minute or two, he just starts banging out these melodies that were huge…I’m playing my guitar and I’m grinning from ear to ear, trying not to give it away that I like this guy, you know, because I don’t want to, you know…[say] ‘Yeah, we’ll give you a call back. We’ll, you know, discuss it.’ But I was so psyched. Chill up my spine.

David Draiman


Fun Fact

When asked in an interview why he suggested to name the band “Disturbed,” Draiman said, “It had been a name I have been contemplating for a band for years. It just seems to symbolize everything we were feeling at the time. The level of conformity that people are forced into was disturbing to us and we were just trying to push the envelope and the name just sorta made sense.”

Disturbed live in Cuyahoga Falls, OH 2016


Video Credits

Filmed in Los Angeles
Released on Jun 4, 2011

Down With The Sickness