DISTURBED has entered a Chicago studio to begin recording its fourth album, the follow-up to 2005's platinum-certified "Ten Thousand Fists". The band, which features vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren, and bassist John Moyer, has chosen to produce the album itself. The as-yet-untitled CD will be released by Reprise Records in the spring of 2008.
According to Draiman, the forthcoming album "seems to have taken on a darker character than the previous albums. It's more furiously paced and complex." He continues, "producing the record ourselves has been a learning experience that will serve the record well."
Known for itspunishingly powerful music and Draiman's passionate, socially conscious lyrics, DISTURBED has sold a combined 9 million copies worldwide of its three albums — 2000's triple-platinum "The Sickness", 2002's Billboard album chart-topper "Believe", and its second consecutive No. 1 "Ten Thousand Fists" — since forming in Chicago in 1996. The latter disc spawned five radio singles, including "Stricken" and "Land of Confusion", which was accompanied by an animated video by cult hero, "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane.
Last year, DISTURBED headlined both Ozzfest and the band's own Music As A Weapon III Tour. A new song, "This Moment", was released in July on the soundtrack to this summer's smash hit robot fantasy-film "Transformers".
In a July 2007 interview with "The Big Rock Show", Dan Donegan stated about the group's new material, "Definitely, as far as musically, it's a lot ballsier than we've written. There's gonna be those signature things that are us, just 'cause stylistically that's the way we perform, and David, vocally, is always gonna sound like him, so… he's got some big melodic moments, but there's some still aggressive stuff — just a lot ballsier, I think. [We're] trying to get a good blend of the elements of the past three CDs to try to evolve into something fresh and new for us as well."
DISTURBED performing "Guarded" on Fuse TV's "Daily Download":