DISTURBED (1996–PRESENT). Dave Drainman (vocals), Dan Donegan (guitar), Fuzz (bass), Mike Wengren (drums).
Disturbed are a heavy metal band with a debt to early metal and mainstream thrash-like bands such as Pantera. The band started out in Chicago in the late nineties. Drainman’s unique vocal style helped gain them a huge following in the Midwest, eventually getting them signed in 2000 to the small Giant label, who released their first album, The Sickness.
While the first album is a relatively good low-budget affair, the band had access to a larger production budget once they moved over to music giant Warner Brothers, and the second record is miles above The Sickness with payer and liberation” proving that Donegan is a first-rate metal guitarist and that Drainman’s “I gargled with broken glass before this song” and then suddenly clear singing voice knows how to work a song. The band even manages to end the record with the power ballad “Darkness” that manages to be spooky instead of cheesy.
The next two records seemed a bit less focused (Ten Thousand Fists in particular) and seem almost as though the band, in trying some electronic touches, was becoming a bit more concerned with mainstream airplay, or at least interested in creating downloadable ringtones for emo metal kids. Although Disturbed was often lumped into the new metal field by critics, their music was actually much heavier than one would assume. The first two records in particular are well worth investigating.
Discography: The Sickness (Giant, 2000); Believe (Warner Brothers, 2002); Ten Thousand Fists (Warner Brothers, 2005); Indestructible (Reprise, 2008); Asylum (Reprise, 2010).