Disturbed singer David Draiman told KBAD, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota radio station, that the band wrote its new album, Immortalized, together in the same place and will never write separately again. Draiman explained, “We hadn’t written together in the same room since the Believe record cycle, so we’re talking 2001, 2002. So it was quite a long time. And we became very dependent on technology and sending soundwave files back and forth to one another.”

Draiman, who lives in Texas, said he reached out to guitarist Dan Donegan and told him he wanted to come and work with the band in Chicago instead of developing melodies and lyrics alone. Draiman added, “That’s the way every single writing session went for the duration of the writing of Immortalized. And we’re never going back.”

  • Guitarist Dan Donegan told us he enjoyed going back to writing together as a group: [“It was nice to really get back to that, the old school way of forgetting about the luxury of the technology and let’s be what a band is supposed to be. Let’s get the idea out there, but let’s get together in person and let’s really vibe out these parts and bounce the creativity off each other in the moment.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . in the moment.)
  • Immortalized, Disturbed’s sixth studio album, was released last August and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
  • That made it Disturbed’s fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at Number One, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.
  • Asked by the radio station how long Disturbed can keep going, Draiman replied, “Until we physically are no longer able to function. I look at the Rolling Stones and I still see them bring it every time they go out and play . . . Look, when you’re firing at all cylinders and the crowd’s with you, there is absolutely no substitute for that feeling. None.”
  • Disturbed is currently in the midst of a North American tour — its first in more than four years — and will kick off the next leg in Vancouver next Friday (March 11th).


Questions for our listeners!

  • Would you say, whether you’re in a band or not, it’s always better for a group to write together than via email?
  • If you were in a band, could you imagine writing songs with another guy 1,000 miles away?
  • Do you think Disturbed can go the distance and last another 20 years?