Disturbed See Themselves 'As Being A Three-Decade Spanning Band'

Disturbed frontman David Draiman talks on the fact that die-hard heavy metal fans may not see the band as being quite heavy enough.

Disturbed See Themselves 'As Being A Three-Decade Spanning Band'
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Howie Magner of BattleCreekEnquirer.com recently conducted an interview with Disturbed frontman David Draiman. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: On Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion", a song first made popular by Genesis in the late 1980s: "That's kind of the whole idea. It's taking a song that's absolutely nothing like us and making it our own. It's one thing to do a Sabbath cover or a Maiden cover, it would almost be expected. But with this, you can change it stylistically, and it becomes your own." On the fact that die-hard heavy metal fans may not see Disturbed as being quite heavy enough: "We probably have too much melody going on or we're not quite as turbulent or caustic. While I really love that type of music, it's not what we try to do. If we have to place things in context, we're more hard rock than heavy metal these days." On the band's ever-growing fan base: "Melodies and hooks are a huge part, if not the biggest part, of our music. Whether vocally or guitar-wise, we always try to emphasize that. We want people to have the refrains of songs coming back in their head. We want people to remember and sing along. "We're never satisfied with where we are. I see ourselves as being a three-decade spanning band. We have the drive and desire. It's a question of us being able to continue writing great records."

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    LaLaLaLoopy
    These guys are still pretty good, the debut album is wicked, Im still down with the sickness
    King ofKumbucha
    Idiot_Son wrote: and for them to be a 3 decade spanning band, they only have to last til 2010. then they will have played in the 90's, the 00's and the 10's
    Nice math genius
    iamcornholio.
    genresrforposer wrote: Disturbed, while I like them, will probably not last 3 decades being publicly relevant. Not that they can't do live shows for that long. See, technically Poison has lasted at least 3 decades but stopped being relevant pretty early in the 90s. So I'm not sure what Draiman's talking about but usually you don't end up being relevant for that long unless you started or helped start something musically. Korn(from a socially relevant standpoint, please no history lessons about underground bands) started nu-metal, and they aren't even that relevant right now. Sure people still listen/they make albums but bands like Metallica are still a huge deal while Korn is "yeah they're still around I guess". What's getting on my nerves right now though: this metal vs. melody crap. Why can't you be heavy and melodic at the same time? A lot of you talk about how heavy Pantera is, you telling me Cowboys From Hell isn't melodic? It really sounds like your all just making excuses for your bands, "we can't be melodic, we're too heavy". No, you suck. Badly.
    interesting point. all bands regardless of genre have to consider the basis of music is melody, harmony and rhythm. Look at bands like Carcass or Slipknot..despite being heavy they use melody in vocals a lot and guitar harmonys as well as lots of rhythms
    rok-n-roller
    Green Day's music sounds the same(at least from dookie insomniac, nimrod, and international superhits was a hit album and sounded the same), but they have been Green Day for over ten years.
    soulflyV
    disturbed see disturbed as a 3 decade band or draiman sees disturbed as a 3 decade band....??? think about it
    misirlou
    can a band with cliche album titles like "ten thousand fists" really hope to stay around for all those years? i'm surprised they've made it as long as they have so far.
    beau05
    cryingblood wrote: Discouraged wrote: barenakedlad wrote: hmm... not to bash them, (I like Disturbed and have seen them in concert as well) but I can't see them as a three decade band. I think a lot of their stuff sounds too much alike. And it isn't only me; I've heard the same complaint from my friend who is a big Disturbed fan. I agree with you. I agree with both of you, but AC/DC proves you can span 3 decades with every damn song sounding the same.
    im a massice acdc fan and i will rock anybody who bags them but you are completely right, the difference between disturbed and acdc is that acdc kicks f*ckin arse
    genresrforposer
    Disturbed, while I like them, will probably not last 3 decades being publicly relevant. Not that they can't do live shows for that long. See, technically Poison has lasted at least 3 decades but stopped being relevant pretty early in the 90s. So I'm not sure what Draiman's talking about but usually you don't end up being relevant for that long unless you started or helped start something musically. Korn(from a socially relevant standpoint, please no history lessons about underground bands) started nu-metal, and they aren't even that relevant right now. Sure people still listen/they make albums but bands like Metallica are still a huge deal while Korn is "yeah they're still around I guess". What's getting on my nerves right now though: this metal vs. melody crap. Why can't you be heavy and melodic at the same time? A lot of you talk about how heavy Pantera is, you telling me Cowboys From Hell isn't melodic? It really sounds like your all just making excuses for your bands, "we can't be melodic, we're too heavy". No, you suck. Badly.
    iamcornholio.
    they have little originality, good riffs songs and arent that tight as a band. The singers voice grates on you after 3 minutes let alone 3 decades.
    Qasur
    I was a fan of Disturbed's first album, but immediately fell with the release of their second album. They went into melody more than a band like them should. Their latest release shows more heaviness, but still, they're very melodic for a heavy-metalish band. They are a unique sound in trying to be melodic, while heavy at the same time. I think they are just trying to hard to maintain their uniqueness while also trying to appease many types of people... they want the heavy-fans, but they don't want to lose those light-rock or melodic fans, so they kinda improvise in the middle. I can't see them being a 3-decade band. They haven't had the kick-off that a 3-decade band needs to keep going. From my experience and knowledge from the past and present, bands that last long have a lot going for them. The biggest things they have are talent and skill. Most bands today are a bunch of young guys who toyed around with music and tossed together some stuff with friends growing up, then managed to score a record deal in their early twenties while really knowing nothing about music. Bands of yore were talented players with lots of skill. Most early rock bands had their hands in blues and jazz, which influenced most all of music, epseically guitar. No-one today even knows jazz modes or blues-riffs enough to put together impressive riffs for me. I life in the old times because I can't stand hearing a bunch of fast-paced chords I've heard before from every other dropped-D power-chord freak band.
    fluffylump2
    Disturbed does have its own "sound," but if you listen to the records chronologically from first to last, there really is a distinction between each one. They are very consistent, and they do what they do very well. However, their songs can get redundant. Nonetheless, on 10,000 Fists they started included guitar solos into the songs, so the next record should probably add something else into the mix. This is a great band who write really heavy, melodic, and intense songs that should be able to last a very long time if they remain consistent yet evolve musically.
    Idiot_Son
    and for them to be a 3 decade spanning band, they only have to last til 2010. then they will have played in the 90's, the 00's and the 10's
    nik_I
    sure they can last that long, but if they have to make 7-9 more ablums, after the first 3 or so, is anyone gonna care anymore? sure u can make records, but after a while the public will just want them to go away. they aren't the next led zeppelin or U2 or watever.
    Jawshuwa
    catchtherainbow wrote: they may have songs that sound similar...cnt blame them,its their music...no band has ever made music that is totally not their sound...
    Metallica - Mama Said. I think there's little more to discuss on that. Not to bash Metallica, as they're my favorite band.
    DaliLama wrote: "All the people in the projects, BLAH, by myself, stupified, coming back again." Nonsense. No one gets a legacy with nonsense.
    Megadeth. End of that discussion. Disturbed, spanning three decades ? I dunno. Personally I don't care; they make good music, I listen to it, and that's all that I give a sh!t about.
    koikomoru
    Yes but Korn has lost what they once were and is now selling out on their new album.
    D$MONEY
    disturbed is so lame...all their songs sound the same. like they need another guitarist so Dan's style isnt in every song....not to mention hes not a good guitar player at all.....well atleast he hasnt shown it to his listeners. D$
    prot
    kryzay311 wrote: ITSTIMETOROCK wrote: NOT a 3 decade band. im sure one of them will get cocky, start a solo career and they'll all crash and burn. down with the sickness cant last them forever, you gotta have more than one good song. they have had plenty of good songs, including some #1 singles. not to mention that thier best songs haven't been released as singles. just because that song opened them up and got them out there doesn't mean it's their only good song. not to mention they put on one hell of a live show
    agreed, down with the sickness is my least favorite song by disturbed... not saying that just cause it was their first big song, but it's just too 'mainstream' sounding... i just dont think it was that musically inspired. conversely, almost every song on ten thousand fists is great and they dont have that "looking for attention" feeling that 'sickness' did. Their songs aren't a cake walk to play on the guitar either with the different tuning and quick fret changes. They're no maiden, priest, or sabbath, but then again they're not trying to be.
    Rock1986
    silent caution wrote: people, myself included, like the band for his voice not the melody or rhythm
    Like the band for his voice? He has one of the harshest most annoying voices Ive ever heard. Not to mention the fact that he has almost no vocal range.
    punkmanhunter
    maybe not 3 decedes but their still pretty good tho id like them to get harder but whatever anybody ever heard of the plain white tees they suck they are the worst band ive ever heard in my life they should stop making music if you can call it that
    theDOORS123
    no...there is no way they will span 3 decades...all of their songs sound exacty the same, and they arent very good musicians in the first place...i just dont see it happening
    AvrilFanUK
    Disturbed is brilliant live! The guitatist has some sick riffs! Underrated band. Indie sucks! Indie is overrated! Indie takes no talent! Indie must be stopped!
    napalm_scum
    Nu-Metal is dead, so these guys will die out soon too. As for them covering a song unlike them. So what? Hundreds of bands do that. Megadeth's cover of These Boots for example.
    ROCK_GOD36
    tHESE GUYS ARE GOOD BUT IT THEY JUST WONT BE A THREE DECADE BAND. ALOT OF THERE SONGS SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME WITH HEAVY INTROS. JUST MY VIEW
    BriGuy7727
    iamcornholio. wrote: arent that tight as a band.
    If you can find a band that has a tighter rhythm guitar-bass-drum section for many of the verses of their songs, I'll give you a cookie.
    The_Trooper14
    lol at Megadeth, wtf are they talking about half the time, polaris is a star, and Metallica is great but Mama said=fail, Im a big fan of disturbed, " see that I dont get it dont'cha think maybe we could put it on credit, dont'cha think we could take control when I dont let it"??? what does that mean pray tell, but I love dragonforce so lyrics meaning nothing dosent bother me much, but I dont like Mustaines voice, it's too wierd
    breadfan82
    Three decades? Yeah right. They'll peter out in a couple of years with the rest of the nu-metal idiots.
    DimeRazorback
    the sickness and believe were both really great cds, but ten thousand fists wasnt nearly as good, it was good, just not as good, theyre starting to use like the same riff in every song, i doubt they can stay together more than one or 2 more cds, that lead singer is gonna tear them apart, hes really cocky
    DanSumthing
    "We want people to have the refrains of songs coming back in their head. We want people to remember and sing along." They are very good at this. They write some of the catchiest most singable choruses of any band out there.
    Magero
    And Korn always sucked. Disturbed have evolved a hell of alot since down with the sickness. DWTS was nu-metal pure and simple. Believe had more elements of just good metal, and now 10,000 Fists is just metal, theres almost no nu-metal influences in it. I think people need to stop bashing them just because they started out as nu-metal.
    hoobariffer87
    I don't like Disturbed much, but from the way he said it, it sounded more like he thinks they'll be together thirty years and not be bored or complacent. Saying that you think your popularity will last that long is like dousing yourself in gasoline and running through a machiner's shop - you're gonna get flamed for sure.
    barenakedlad
    hmm... not to bash them, (I like Disturbed and have seen them in concert as well) but I can't see them as a three decade band. I think a lot of their stuff sounds too much alike. And it isn't only me; I've heard the same complaint from my friend who is a big Disturbed fan.
    keen
    ^ completely agree. It must be very hard to sound distinct and yet not sound the same album after album.
    kryzay311
    ITSTIMETOROCK wrote: NOT a 3 decade band. im sure one of them will get cocky, start a solo career and they'll all crash and burn. down with the sickness cant last them forever, you gotta have more than one good song.
    they have had plenty of good songs, including some #1 singles. not to mention that thier best songs haven't been released as singles. just because that song opened them up and got them out there doesn't mean it's their only good song. not to mention they put on one hell of a live show
    lwnovember
    only ever liked on disturbed song.. other then that.. i want to rip out the guys lip things
    ohmerrymayhem
    barenakedlad wrote: hmm... not to bash them, (I like Disturbed and have seen them in concert as well) but I can't see them as a three decade band. I think a lot of their stuff sounds too much alike. And it isn't only me; I've heard the same complaint from my friend who is a big Disturbed fan.
    This is the problem I have with them - and not necessarily ALL of them. Draiman specifically has the same sound to his voice - it's very close to him re-hashing the old songs. The music, however, I love. Oh, and the new album, I think, is definately metal. Maybe not thrash, but metal all the same.
    KnightHolyDevil
    to barenakedlad Disturbed does have similar music but doesnt every band about sound the same going towards their music. I mean come on bands sound the same but if theyre still sounding good thats all that matters.
    g00fy_130
    barenakedlad wrote: hmm... not to bash them, (I like Disturbed and have seen them in concert as well) but I can't see them as a three decade band. I think a lot of their stuff sounds too much alike. And it isn't only me; I've heard the same complaint from my friend who is a big Disturbed fan.
    Yeah, I agree, but Godsmack is still around, and they have the same problem!
    Aaron-Maiden
    I agree. I think disturbed will be around for a while, I mean all the band are great friends and don't want to kill eachother, Draimans voice has improved alot since the sickness and they have millions of fans.
    mDex
    I believe that In Flames did a far better cover and made it "their own" long before this album came out. I really these guys in concert but it seems that Dave has let his head get a little big these days...