Disturbed: 'The Demise Of Metal And Hard Rock Forced Us To Go On Hiatus'

Disturbed have blamed the "demise of hard rock and metal" for their recent decision to go on indefinite hiatus.

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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."

Disturbed released their fifth studio album, "Asylum", in 2010. They hinted at plans to take a break in an interview with NME at Download Festival last month - you can watch it here.

Thanks for the report to NME.com.

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    Jesus_Dean
    I'm waiting to see what's coming next. Every time music is on a down, something new comes along to replace the old. 50's rock & roll, late 60's hard rock, mid 70's punk, 80's glam metal, 90's grunge, 00's nu metal, along with all the underground music that is always just below the surface. We're overdue for the next big thing.
    Dylan_Guitar93
    So cause the whole Heavy metal/Hard rock genre isn't really popular or working for them right now they give out? What the ****
    booby50
    Sounds like they are waiting for a time to pop up when the market for them is off the charts. Smart move. Take time off and when rock and metal are popular again, show up to a huge crowd.
    ninfan200
    last night i saw a slayer concert, the place was pretty packed, i'd say metals doing just fine
    Danjo's Guitar
    I think in 10, 20, 30 years, we'll be able to look back and just see the good bands that are around now, even if we can't see them currently. Yes pop does seem to own the markets, but there has always been awful pop music, and it never lasts. How many people still listen to 80's pop? And how many people still listen to 80's rock? Enough said. But I do think we're overdue for a music revolution.
    Like40Ninjaz
    Its funny how people say Disturbed sucks cause they are on the radio yet the bands they listen to are the bands that were on the radio in the 70's and 80's.
    Root Beer
    mrandyk wrote: Nothing great has come out the last 15 years, you guys are part of that lackluster era.
    So Tool, Radiohead, QOTSA, The Decemberists, and Porcupine Tree all suck.
    HarrySound
    The band is good but they sound like themselves i'm glad they are gone. Maybe they will return and have an excuse to stop using the same damn notes!!! Jeez....
    Salvo416
    Todays music is pretty much at a sad state.. come on! I mean we have all these rock musicians putting out great songs and what beats them out? Party Rock s--- from LMFAO as well as all this taco and burrito crap from Pitbull and Enrique. (excuse me for being a little racist.. I wanted to make a south park reference. haha)
    BruceMacD
    This reasoning is so weak, music will never die, the industry is just changing. It also makes the band seem very vain, as if they think they were metal's last hope.
    grahamjanz
    Rock and roll will never die!! Maybe the industry (which means free music for all and better quality music because the musicians have to work harder to promote themselves) but not the music.
    lev_1028
    randyaintdead82 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I'm waiting to see what's coming next. Every time music is on a down, something new comes along to replace the old. 50's rock & roll, late 60's hard rock, mid 70's punk, 80's glam metal, 90's grunge, 00's nu metal, along with all the underground music that is always just below the surface. We're overdue for the next big thing. Djent
    "Djent" is a f***ing sad excuse for music.
    blommen
    Sounds like they have a bunch of internal issues, but don't want to admit it so they just blame the industry instead.
    Scourge441
    Anywho, now that I've removed some of the mouthbreathing and idiocy in these comments, I'd thought I'd make a serious reply. I am a fan of underground/extreme metal. That scene has arguably never been stronger, as the past few years have seen a slew of quality releases. Yes, a vast majority of these good releases have been stuff that's in the old-school revivalist trend (not so much the retro-thrash scene, but the old-school death metal revival is producing a lot of quality stuff), but you've also seen bands like Cormorant, Ludicra (RIP), and Ulcerate who are doing their own unique things. Disturbed, meanwhile, have never appealed to the underground metal scene. They started off as a nu-metal band and gradually turned more towards typical radio hard rock with a bit of a metal/nu-metal tinge to it. And yes, the radio hard rock scene has fallen off a cliff in recent years. Outside of bands like Shinedown and Nickelback who have hits cross over to Top 40 radio, the late 90's/early 00's style of hard rock doesn't have the scene it used to. Staind are coming out with a new album this year; how many of you actually care? How many of you liked Staind back in the day but don't feel the urge to listen to Break the Cycle anymore? These are bands who, with the right support, could fill large venues 7-10 years ago. Good luck pulling that off now. Disturbed are actually one of the bands to maintain consistent popularity, but even so, a large chunk of the scene has moved on to other things. Some of them caught onto the emo/metalcore craze that took over for nu-metal, and are either still there or have moved onto other things from there. Some of them have moved on to indie rock. While I don't know what kind of crowds they get at shows, or how their album sales are, or how much they get paid in royalties/for concerts, I can see why Disturbed would take a break here.
    wjd329
    Believe me when I say my mind is pretty open and I've seen Meshuggah twice and they don't do a damn thing for me. Much respect to the "technical" aspect of what they do (if that's your thing) but it's def not mine. I like music I can "feel." I don't feel any of that kinda stuff and quite honestly my opinion of those who do belong in the mosh pit with the rest of the retards who are clearly only at a concert to bump into other boys with no shirts on rather than actually watching the band perform. You can do that shit in your living room! Why waste money on a ticket. Call your bump buddies and make a night of that shit
    T-Unit33
    I honestly don't care too much if the music industry collapses. The music industry is mostly made up of rap/pop artists, and most of the good metal bands aren't part of major record labels, unless you include Roadrunner, which really isn't that big and mostly supports Heavier bands anyway. If the industry collapses, does anyone seriously doubt that Metallica won't be able to release an album without a major labels backing? They've been going 30 years now and still sell out every show they have ever played. Heavy music will always endure, music industry or not. Pop music may be "popular," but the music's life span is short. A good metal group is the opposite. If they get a following of fans, more than likely they will keep most of them for years to come. The music industry might collapse, but I still have no doubt that us metal fans will never miss out on our heavy music!
    WayneACB
    This is probably good for disturbed anyway, every song they come out with now sound like they're all off the same album. They're should just combine the last 3 albums or something. =P
    wjd329
    The ONLY reason the music industry is collapsing is this...no one buys records anymore. The music is still being made and it's still out there. The only difference is, you might not here all the shit that your spoonfed on the radio anymore. You might actually have to dig for it. Which I rather enjoy doing quite honestly. I hate listening to the radio trying to find a diamond in the rough. Not to mention, with the Internet the way it is I can put my own music out there for the world to hear if they so choose, without the pressure and added bullshit of a label telling me what to do. Sounds like a musical revelation to me. I'm sure it sucks for all you manufactured carbon copy bands out there, but it's about time you picked up an oar and started rowing with the rest of us! Less and less spoonfed commercialized crap...let's leave that for Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. The rest of us can relish in the fact that people sought OUR music out because they wanted to hear it. THOSE would be the kinda fans I want.
    qrEE
    All of the people that REFUSE to explore the vast genre that is metal are the people who SEE it as a downfall and WANT it to be a downfall, and are accidentally MAKING it a downfall. Metal isn't dying. Just because popular metal acts suck (which they did back then if you remember hair metal), and just because the industry sucks, does NOT mean that metal is dying. That's what people say who don't like Death Metal or underground Thrash Metal, two genres that are still well established and very unlikely to go away. It's like me looking at the news and saying the world is dying... you know, because the NEWS is the best source, which in reality hasn't been that way since William Randolph Hearst invented Yellow Journalism. There is no "dying" in any form of music other than the trendy genres that are only a gimmick, like Deathcore and Emo, which Emo is already on it's last legs, and Deathcore is well on it's way to being totally forgotten.
    Woffelz
    Um surely if they are going on hiatus, metal and rock will be dying even more?
    reignofrock
    I like Disturbed... but this is idiotic. The decline? I don't know, I find metal is doing just fine. It's just suffering a bit commercially, like every other genre. Besides, not like Disturbed is doing anything to help that. Their last album IMHO was their worst. What a load of crap... Then again, it took me forever to get into Indestructible, but that's probably because my tastes have moved on to bigger, and better metal bands as of late.
    JordanDH
    JimBonJovi wrote: Pop and Hip Hop have overtaken. I also believe that currently the music scene in general is overpopulated with many whom think their musicians but aren't and still garner thousands of fans. I applaud Disturbed for taking a break. I do hope that all this rubbish music dies down eventually just like it did in the early 90's and then where Rock was at the forefront of it all.
    I'm pretty sure pop's always been ahead of metal in terms of popularity. Rock was at the forefront of rock in the early 90's. But there was still pop music. There was bad music in the early 90's and there was good music. Take off your rose tinted lenses and be quiet please.
    SoundwaveEater
    BruceMacD wrote: This reasoning is so weak, music will never die, the industry is just changing. It also makes the band seem very vain, as if they think they were metal's last hope.
    I agree, there's some great changes going on out there right now. Anyone else following Animals as Leaders or Intronaut? Baroness? Chimp Spanner too, a lot of peripheral artists to these guys seem to be doing some great stuff with music.
    T-Unit33 wrote: I honestly don't care too much if the music industry collapses. The music industry is mostly made up of rap/pop artists, and most of the good metal bands aren't part of major record labels, unless you include Roadrunner, which really isn't that big and mostly supports Heavier bands anyway. If the industry collapses, does anyone seriously doubt that Metallica won't be able to release an album without a major labels backing? They've been going 30 years now and still sell out every show they have ever played. Heavy music will always endure, music industry or not. Pop music may be "popular," but the music's life span is short. A good metal group is the opposite. If they get a following of fans, more than likely they will keep most of them for years to come. The music industry might collapse, but I still have no doubt that us metal fans will never miss out on our heavy music!
    +1 to this one too, metal just keeps going.
    mark3777
    randyaintdead82 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I'm waiting to see what's coming next. Every time music is on a down, something new comes along to replace the old. 50's rock & roll, late 60's hard rock, mid 70's punk, 80's glam metal, 90's grunge, 00's nu metal, along with all the underground music that is always just below the surface. We're overdue for the next big thing. Djent
    I hope you aren't serious. On topic, it seems every time a band says metal is dead or whatever is only because they can't create anything anymore. If anything metal is still on the rise. many underground metal bands have gained a strong following and are playing bigger shows around the world. Metal is far from dead.
    Salvo416
    Scourge441 wrote: Anywho, now that I've removed some of the mouthbreathing and idiocy in these comments, I'd thought I'd make a serious reply. I am a fan of underground/extreme metal. That scene has arguably never been stronger, as the past few years have seen a slew of quality releases. Yes, a vast majority of these good releases have been stuff that's in the old-school revivalist trend (not so much the retro-thrash scene, but the old-school death metal revival is producing a lot of quality stuff), but you've also seen bands like Cormorant, Ludicra (RIP), and Ulcerate who are doing their own unique things. Disturbed, meanwhile, have never appealed to the underground metal scene. They started off as a nu-metal band and gradually turned more towards typical radio hard rock with a bit of a metal/nu-metal tinge to it. And yes, the radio hard rock scene has fallen off a cliff in recent years. Outside of bands like Shinedown and Nickelback who have hits cross over to Top 40 radio, the late 90's/early 00's style of hard rock doesn't have the scene it used to. Staind are coming out with a new album this year; how many of you actually care? How many of you liked Staind back in the day but don't feel the urge to listen to Break the Cycle anymore? These are bands who, with the right support, could fill large venues 7-10 years ago. Good luck pulling that off now. Disturbed are actually one of the bands to maintain consistent popularity, but even so, a large chunk of the scene has moved on to other things. Some of them caught onto the emo/metalcore craze that took over for nu-metal, and are either still there or have moved onto other things from there. Some of them have moved on to indie rock. While I don't know what kind of crowds they get at shows, or how their album sales are, or how much they get paid in royalties/for concerts, I can see why Disturbed would take a break here.
    THIS! I'm glad someone brought up Staind in the reply of heavy music. Their new single is the best song they've put out in 8 years! I don't think rock is in a bad state at all.. I'm enjoying a lot of todays rock.. theres just too much dance and party music crap in the airwaves.
    BENDO789
    JimBonJovi wrote: Pop and Hip Hop have overtaken. I also believe that currently the music scene in general is overpopulated with many whom think their musicians but aren't and still garner thousands of fans. I applaud Disturbed for taking a break. I do hope that all this rubbish music dies down eventually just like it did in the early 90's and then where Rock was at the forefront of it all.
    How does them taking a break change anything? Surely it will just make rock and metal even less popular? Saying that I hate Disturbed. I also think that this 'rock is dead' stuff is a load of crap. We have instant access to any music we like these days, through youtube and grooveshark etc. It doesn't matter what's in the charts just listen to whatever you want. There are plenty of good bands out there.
    CaliforniaKid
    They made their money and grew tired of the grind. Period. It may be making music... but its still a JOB.
    kurtshapedbox
    Metal is doing just fine, but hard rock not so much. There's just a special breed of heavy radio butt-rock that's been de-evolving from nu-metal for the last 10 years. There are a million bands that just copy one another for safe guaranteed alt. rock radio-play (i.e. Disturbed, Cold, Trapt, Crossfade, Red, etc.) and even simple minded children aren't interested in throwing their money at them anymore. These bands by and large tend to ignore the idea of music as an art form and legitimate means of self-expression, and as the money leaves this style of music so will these bands interests in playing it.
    Oreosmith
    Scourge441 wrote: Really, guys? Cut the shit. This whole "Disturbed isn't music!" "No, Slayer isn't music!" BS is going to stop now. I'm gonna start going through and deleting comments, and anyone who wants to keep this up is gonna get warned.
    Leave it to the man, man. No but seriously, please, do it!
    TheHawkdaddy
    It's called the Telecommunications act. Its the same system that gave you a career, its the same reason you won't get new exciting music on the radio. Hey if you are so upset with the state of modern rock, why don't you drop the angry bald 40 year old act and YOU do something new. If you aren't trying anything different you cant call out everyone else for being the same.
    Shinozoku
    goingnowhere21 wrote: I've always liked Disturbed but I haven't listened to them much lately. And really, I don't get why people hate on them. Just because they listen to heavier stuff doesn't make the band suck. Part of having good taste is having taste in different types of music, not just one kind and saying everything else sucks. I think this is more so of a money thing. If they really cared that much about metal, they would stick together through it and help keep it going strong, not just "leaving because its not popular and coming back when it is again" and reap the benefits of it. I can understand breaks from touring but I think that's only a small part of it.
    Paragraphs 2 and 3 are true. People hate on disturbed because they do what AC/DC has beat to death for the past 40 years already, and that's writing the same song over and over again. How many riffs does Dan Donegan have? 4? Maybe 5 that he uses on every song of theirs that makes it to the radio?
    guarana
    I hate when people say that Pop has taken over completely. It always has. Look back on charts. It's Pop. That's what it does. At the moment, we have "hardcore", metalcore, and pop punk. Which usually seem to be the same thing anyway...A Day To Remember. Yeck. Anyways, my bet is on djent, heavier prog metal. Periphery and Animals As Leaders shows have been packed, and around where I live, are as common a name as Metallica in a metal conversation. It might not last long, but it can probably reach the level nu-metal got to if given a chance.
    Cannibal Koala
    dabucket wrote: randyaintdead82 wrote: Jesus_Dean wrote: I'm waiting to see what's coming next. Every time music is on a down, something new comes along to replace the old. 50's rock & roll, late 60's hard rock, mid 70's punk, 80's glam metal, 90's grunge, 00's nu metal, along with all the underground music that is always just below the surface. We're overdue for the next big thing. Djent THIS.
    The intro riffs to Combustion is now stuck in my head. Which is a good thing. Honestly, Who are recent metal acts that have come out of no where? Periphery and Animals as Leaders. They both have accessible music that not only satisfies the heavy aspects of metal, but the softer side with appealing melodies. Honestly, I think the future for metal is going to be influenced by these guys. Metal of the future: Downtuned/ER guitars with complex rhythms and pop-type hooks. I have no idea if that's going to be a good thing.
    yukonchuck06
    Eifler121 wrote: The kind of semi-retarded pheonix that tries to fly with one wing.
    LMFAO!!!!!
    Drewblood87
    'The Demise Of Metal And Hard Rock Forced Us To Go On Hiatus'
    . LMAO, who does Disturbed think they are? disturbed,staind,creed, system of a down were trendy nu metal.. its laughable that they look down on the metal scene today. i just saw a concert with megadeth and children of bodom, metallica is playing with protest the hero. the scene is doing great without disturbed.
    lvd1
    dumbest thing ever. if you think your band is good and you think your style is dead or dying thats more reason to NOT go on hiatus. unless all you want is air play (dork) and the radio aint playin it as much.
    Slash181
    They're on about the fact the music industry is breaking down because of selfish twats who want free albums, this n that. how can bands go touring and produce anything if they're not getting any money from this. put two n two together.... just like company's in recessions your favorite band will disappear just like them.