Chicago, Illinois metal band Disturbed has successful mixed aggressive riffs and vocals with a melodic approach to form a winning formula that has earned the band a large following. Disturbed has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Inside The Fire,” from their 2008 album Indestructible.
Quick Rise To Stardom:
Disturbed formed in 1996 and played around the Chicago area for a few years. The band got the attention of Giant Records, which released their first album, The Sickness. The album was an instant hit and went multi-platinum behind the success of singles “Stupify” and “Down With The Sickness.” Disturbed’s sophomore album Believe was not as successful as their debut, but still attracted a lot of mainstream attention to the band, due to singles “Prayer” and “Liberate.”
In 2003, bassist Steve “Fuzz” Kmak was fired from the band due to differences between him and the other band mates. John Moyer was brought in to replace Kmak and the band continued on, with several successful tours, including the “Music As A Weapon” package.
Disturbed continues to be a popular band, with their 2005 album Ten Thousand Fists
achieving platinum status and their 2008 album Indestructible
a favorite amongst the band’s die-hard fan base. Single “Into The Fire” was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the “Best Hard Rock Performance” category.
In 2012, David Draiman announced the band was going on an indefinite hiatus.
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Current Disturbed Band Members:
David Draiman - Vocals
Dan Donegan - Guitar
John Moyer - Bass
Mike Wengren - Drums
Former Band Members:
Steve “Fuzz” Kmak - Bass (1996-2003)
Recommended Disturbed CD:
Disturbed leaned towards a hard rock/metal sound with their sophomore album, eliminating most of the electronic elements. While a bit of a radical departure, Disturbed pulled it off well and guitarist Dan Donegan was a major reason for that. His work is stellar, and while there is none of the lead work that Donegan displays on later albums, most of the material doesn’t suffer because of the lack of solos. The band also experiments with slower melodies on the underrated acoustic finale “Darkness,” a chilling conclusion that shows a vulnerable side of Disturbed.