DISTURBED Frontman: 'We Have The Utmost Love And Respect For U.S. Soldiers'

Liisa Ladouceur of ChartAttack.com is reporting that DISTURBED shot the first video for their new album in a hospital once used for "A Nightmare On Elm Street".

The video for "Stricken", from the band's upcoming third album, "Ten Thousand Fists", was directed by Nathan Cox (LINKIN PARK, QUEEN OF THE STONE AGE) in Los Angeles last month, just before rehearsals for the band's first tour in two years.

"For an old abandoned hospital it was actually the furthest thing from creepy," DISTURBED singer David Draiman told ChartAttack.com. "We shot the main performance parts in a neutral, brightly lit room that looks like a loft. Then again, Mike [Wengren, drums] did a solo sequence in the boiler room, where they did the Freddy Krueger sequences, which was a bit creepier."

"I was expecting to see some Freddy, for him to come out and kick my ass," Wengren laughed. "He didn't want to come out though. He's too scared. He's got the claws, but I've got drum sticks."

Although "Ten Thousand Fists" is pretty heavy on the old-school metal stylings, with some of the lyrics about soldiers going to hell, the band don't call it protest music: they insist they are "staunchly pro military."

"We have the utmost love and respect for the soldiers," Draiman told ChartAttack.com. "We have friends who are soldiers, some of whom have died in the process of this conflict and many of them will play our music going into battle as a means of empowerment, or stripping of their fear. We couldn't be more proud. Never let it be misunderstood that because we are against war — which I will always be — that we are against those who fight. We've been looking into doing USO-type of shows along the leg of this record cycle because we'd like to really show our support."

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