DISTURBED: New Video Interview With DAVID DRAIMAN, MIKE WENGREN

The official German DISTURBED web site Disturbed.de recently conducted an interview with the band's vocalist David Draiman and drummer Mike Wengren. You can now watch the 23-minute question-and-answer session below.

As previously reported, Draiman had strong words for rock musicians who collect Nazi memorabilia in a new interview with Revolver magazine. Draiman comes from an Orthodox Jewish family and has 200 relatives living in Israel, including his brother and grandmother. When asked about artists such as MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister and SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman who collect Nazi artifacts, Draiman said, "That's super-duper taboo and offensive to me. I don't understand the fascination. It's the most provocative imagery that you can brandish, and that's why people utilize it. And if that's their goal, I guess they're achieving it."

When told that Kilmister, who has been known to wear Iron Crosses and hats from the German air force, defends himself by saying he's just collecting artifacts of war history, Draiman replied, "I don't give a fuck who you are. If you're going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I'm going to have a problem with you because I don't understand how anybody could think it's OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I'm not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation."

When asked by New York Waste about collecting Nazi artifacts and uniforms, Kilmister said, "From the beginning of time, the bad guys always had the best uniforms. Napoleon, the Confederates, the Nazis. They all had killer uniforms. I mean, the SS uniform is fucking brilliant! . . . Don't tell me I'm a Nazi 'cause I have uniforms. In 1967 I had my first black girlfriend and a lot more ever since then. I just don't understand racism, I never thought it was an option."

Draiman wrote a song about the Holocaust called "Never Again" for the band's new "Asylum" album, due out August 31. He explained, "Both of my grandparents on my mother's side were survivors of the camps . . . I've got other relatives who are survivors, and my entire mother's side of the family, save my grandmother and grandfather and a couple of their siblings, were completely wiped out. So I felt it was important to write about it because I realized that the last generation of survivors is about to be lost."

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