Disturbed’s Decision

As I referenced in my last post, Disturbed have decided they will not be playing anymore after this August. They have decided to go on an “indefinite hiatus” rather than declare a breakup. Either way, we will not be seeing them perform again for a while. The band has recorded their performances as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will most likely release some B-sides.

One would assume that personal problems between band members would be the reason behind the decision but frontman David Draiman has insisted in interviews with sites such as Billboard.com this is not the case. He stated that “many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal” and “it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for a while and wait for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.” Guitarist Dan Donegan has said elsewhere that he is not entirely sure whether the band is breaking up or not. The band ultimately believes that reuniting will depend on how much everyone misses it.

Although I’ve never been a huge fan of Disturbed, they have been fairly successful over the past decade and it is sad to see a metal band decide it’s not worth it. I’ve always been of the belief that metal bands are the musicians who never fear how bad the music industry becomes but instead play their hardest and stick it out. Metal fans are definitely loyal and there’s always a way for the music to carry own despite falling sales. An example of this is when grunge was “killing” metal and Pantera came out and made sure it stayed alive and well. Hopefully the band will realize this soon and their “indefinite hiatus” won’t be too long.



~ by metalosophy on August 3, 2011.

4 Responses to “Disturbed’s Decision”

  1. “many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal” and “it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for a while and wait for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.”
    Wow, it doesn’t sound like they are in the metal scene for the money at all. Personally I don’t care much for their music, but always respect an artist when their making music for the love of making music. I could maybe understand these statments if they were a stuggling band and had mouths to feed and the artist pursue something to put some food on the table. Disturbed on the other hand has sold millions of records and are well set for some time.
    And metal has never gone away nor was something killing it. Metal has always been there since its inception and isn’t going anywhere soon. Well maybe not in the popular mainstream, but that is constantly changing, people are fickle. By my observation, metal has never been more popular than it is now, it is more accepted and well known than I would have ever imagined 20 years ago and it just keeps growing. It grinds my gears that these guys have such little faith in the industry that treated them so well. If they really loved playing metal they should have kept on keeping on, and if they wanted to play something else other than Disturbed, well lots of artist play other stuff outside their band. If they wanted out of metal altogether they should have been honest and said so instead of putting the blame on the industry. Alls I have to say is good riddance and good luck.

    • You raise many good points especially about metal’s more widespread acceptance. I’m not too concerned about them ever returning but as I said in my post, it’s sad that they don’t see any worth to what their doing. I may be wrong, but I think they’ve had a part in metal being accepted more recently. Not every band can have the same amount of success they’ve had and to see them throw that away is disappointing. Maybe their fans would be willing to forgive them for their less than well-thought out statements the way us Metallica fans forgive Lars Ulrich.

  2. This isn’t the first time recently where I read that an artist was unhappy with the industry. A couple members of Chimaira said that and departed the band…and metal as far as I know. In Disturbed’s case, I can’t see what their problem is. They are highly successful and well-received, but for some reason unhappy with the industry that made them successful? Sounds like a load of crap. I bet there are other underlying reasons for going on a permanent hiatus. In a year or so most of these members resurface in new bands. I thought Disturbed had a few catchy tunes, but other than that I thought they were a bit overrated and recycled their own music. Yet, they recorded their Mayhem sessions for what? To squeeze out the last buck.

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