DISTURBED's forthcoming comeback album, "Immortalized", will include the band's first-ever attempt at a love song, the group's lead singer and chief lyricist, David Draiman, has revealed.
The August 21 release of "Immortalized" will end DISTURBED's nearly four-year hiatus, during which Draiman spent time with his wife, model/wrestler Lena Yada, and their son, Samuel, who was born in September 2013.
Asked by the WAAF radio station how fatherhood has affected the lyrical themes covered on "Immortalized", Draiman responded: "There are definitely a number of moments on this record that specifically [relate to my new role as a father]. There's moments where I reflect my son… For instance, the closing track on the record is a track called 'Who Taught You How To Hate', and it was written with the idea in mind that a child is born into this world without hatred; that it is something that's taught, that there's always somebody who plants that seed."
He continued: "Children playing in a playground, they don't pay attention to the color of skin, or their religion, or what part of the world they come from, or how much money they have. It's pure, it's simple, and it's unbiased and it's beautiful. And that was definitely one of the things that my son showed me, and it's definitely reflected in that song."
Draiman added: "There's another song on this record called 'You're Mine' that I actually wrote for my wife, Lena. It's something that I had not done, really, on any record, and it's probably DISTURBED's first attempt at, dare I say, a pseudo, kind of, love song. It's lyrically not as dark as you've come to expect from us."
According to Draiman, a number of songs on "Immortalized" retain DISTURBED's trademark elements while others push the band's sound into new sonic territory.
"There's definitely plenty of [material on there] that the core DISTURBED fan will want to come to expect, whether it's the single, 'The Vengeful One', or whether it's the title track, 'Immortalized', or any number of other tracks on the record," he said. "But there's definitely some very definitive changes in direction over the course of this record. We do a cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's 'The Sound Of Silence'. People are gonna be pretty shocked about it. It's not what you'd expect from us at all. It's very ethereal, ghostly, dark, laid back — not aggressive, not in your face. And I go to places, vocally, that I haven't gone to since [before DISTURBED]. So I'm very curious to see how people react."
"Immortalized" is available for pre-order everywhere and follows 2010's gold-certified "Asylum", DISTURBED's fourth consecutive No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart.
The album process got underway back in January 2014 when Draiman, Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren got together for dinner in their hometown of Chicago.
Soon after, without notifying friends, families, or their label, the three began to fly back and forth to each other's respective home studios for writing sessions, marking the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.
DISTURBED has yet to announce tour plans behind the new record.
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