Sunday, August 19, 2007


Formed in 1996, Disturbed is a band that hails from Chicago, Illinois. They formed when Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren (drums), and Steve "Fuzz" Kmak (bass) put in ad in a paper for a vocalist and hired David Draiman. As David Draiman puts it, "when Kmak was in the band, Disturbed wasn't totally clicking — personally or musically". He was replaced with Matt Konopinski for a short time, and then finally with John Moyer.

Their genre is often debated. They were originally classified as a nu metal band, however many of their fans think otherwise. They are often regarded by critics as hard rock, heavy metal, or alternative metal. When asked about die-hard metal fans not finding Disturbed heavy enough, frontman David Draiman stated: "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."

In its early years Disturbed recorded two separate demo EPs, Stupify (featured on The Sickness) and Perfect Insanity (unreleased track) which it then sent out to different record companies. The band sent two to show the record companies that it was dedicated to its music and that the first EP wasn't a fluke. The band broke out in 1999 with its single "Stupify" and subsequent album The Sickness.
The album launched the band into stardom. Soon after, Disturbed released a revamped cover version of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's theme music for the WWE, called "Glass Shatters." Disturbed headlined Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest tour in 2001 alongside Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Black Label Society, and Crazy Town. The band then started the Music as a Weapon Tour.

Music As A Weapon has become an almost annual affair. Music As A Weapon II was recorded into a CD and DVD. The most recent Music As A Weapon Tour was Music As A Weapon III in 2006, which included Disturbed, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, and Nonpoint.

Disturbed is currently in the studio recording their fourth album. Info on the title and release date are yet to be announced.

Studio Albums:
* The Sickness (2000) US #24
* Believe (2002) US #1
* Ten Thousand Fists (2005) US #1

* 2000: "Stupify"
* 2000: "Voices"
* 2001: "Down with the Sickness"
* 2001: "The Game"
* 2002: "Prayer"
* 2002: "Remember"
* 2003: "Liberate"
* 2005: "Guarded"
* 2005: "Stricken"
* 2006: "Just Stop"
* 2006: "Land of Confusion"

* 2007 - "This Moment" - Used in Transformers
* 2005 - "Prayer" - Used in House of Wax
* 2005 - "Decadence" - Used in Need for Speed Most Wanted
* 2005 - "Ten Thousand Fists" - Used in Madden 06
* 2004 - "Down with the Sickness" - Used in Dawn of the Dead (remake)
* 2004 - "Liberate" - Used in Tony Hawk's Underground 2
* 2002 - "Forsaken" - Used in Queen of the Damned
* 2002 - "Down With the Sickness" - Used in Queen of the Damned
* 2001 - "Down with the Sickness" - Used in The One
* 2001 - "A Welcome Burden" - Used in Dracula 2000
* 2001 - "The Game" - Used in Cooler's Revenge (Dragon Ball Z Movie 5)
* 2001 - "Stupify" - Used in Little Nicky
* 2001 - "God of the Mind" - Used in Valentine
* 2001 - "Stupify" - Used in Lord Slug (Dragon Ball Z Movie 4)
* 2001 - "Fear" - Lord Slug (Dragon Ball Z Movie 4)

Cover songs
Shout 2000 - Originally performed by Tears for Fears (The Sickness)
Land of Confusion - Originally performed by Genesis (Ten Thousand Fists)
Fade to Black - From Music as a Weapon Tour II originally performed by Metallica
Cold Gin - Originally performed by KISS
Walk - Originally performed by Pantera; it was sung as a tribute for a Dimebag Darrell (of Pantera) benefit show that Disturbed helped make shortly after Dimebag's death.
Black - Originally performed by Sevendust

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