frontman David Draiman
has revealed via Twitter
that he has written the first three chapters of his forthcoming autobiography. According to the singer, the book's release will coincide with the arrival of the debut album from DEVICE
, his new industrial-style collaboration with former FILTER
guitarist Geno Lenardo
In January 2011, Draiman
gave a lengthy interview to the Jerusalem Post
in which he spoke in detail about his Jewish upbringing, spending part of his childhood and teen years in Israel, and how he confronts anti-Semitism among rock fans. Draiman
recalled, "I came (to Israel) many times as a kid with my family. I think the first time I was six. I used to come here for summer camp a couple times in my childhood, and I spent the year after high school here studying at Neve Zion yeshiva." Draiman
told The Pulse Of Radio
that during his year of religious study, his life could have taken a very different course. "The level of study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I wanted to go with things," he said. "And I just couldn't do it habitually anymore. I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of religion over the course of time."Draiman
also told the Jerusalem Post
that he attended five different Jewish day schools as a teenager, including the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study in Milwaukee — where he was asked to leave after the first year.
The singer admitted that the strict religious code at the school led him to rebel, revealing, "I'd set my friends up on dates with girls that I knew, in defiance of the school . . . Or I'd smoke a little bit of weed here and there, I'd get my buddies high, so I was the drug dealer on campus even though that's not what I was doing."
Asked by the Post
about running into heavy metal fans who are anti-Semitic or sometimes even neo-Nazis, Draiman
replied, "I'm incredibly defiant against neo-Nazis and skinheads," adding that he convinced one fan who used to come to the band's early shows in Chicago to get a swastika tattoo removed from his head after he learned that Draiman
A song called "Never Again"
's latest album, "Asylum"
, deals with the Holocaust and calls out people who deny it.DISTURBED
went on an open-ended hiatus last fall, with Draiman
saying at the time that all four members wanted some time to pursue other endeavors. "We've got other things that each of the band members wanted to pursue individually, outside of DISTURBED
," he said. "There's other businesses we have, there's other interests. We've got futures hopefully to help cultivate for our families and our children, and they can't all revolve specifically around DISTURBED
has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four members say they're likely to come back.
Aside from Draiman
bassist John Moyer
has branched out recently by joining ADRENALINE MOB
, a new group also featuring ex-DREAM THEATER
and AVENGED SEVENFOLD
drummer Mike Portnoy