Disturbed have blamed the "demise of hard rock and metal" for their recent decision to go on indefinite hiatus - and claimed the music industry is on the verge of collapse.
Earlier this week, the Chicago band cited "internal issues" when they announced plans for an extended break at the end of their current US tour.
However, frontman David Draiman has now said there is not "any animosity" in the band - and instead voiced concerns about the "state of the music industry".
He told Billboard.com: "The industry is still in a state of reformation; it is on the verge of collapse, in my opinion. It's a frightening time, and I think after 10 to 12 years straight of touring it's just a good time for Disturbed to go away for a while and wait for the phoenix to rise from the ashes."
Draiman also insisted that the band are still good friends and that the break isn't down to "bad blood". He added: "We just had dinner together last night."
Thanks for the report to NME.com.