DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan was recently asked by a Guitar World magazine reader if the band is still planning to release an acoustic EP, like it had announced a couple of years ago. "We originally didn't know if we were going to release a separate EP of that or not," Dan said. "As we started to write for this album [last year's 'Evolution'], we started with the acoustic tracks. Once we had five or six really strong ideas, we went back to plugging in to get some signature DISTURBED riffs going. As things started to develop, we decided to incorporate it all into one body of work instead of putting it out as a second EP. That's when we came up with the concept of 'Evolution' being the name of the album."
Donegan went on to say that "Evolution" "definitely branches out in quite a few new areas. When some people hear the name DISTURBED, they may lump us into a category or have some preconceived notion of who we are," he said. "There's a lot of flavors to this band and for this album, we really wanted to push ourselves down new roads and widen the definition of what DISTURBED is. But we weren't going to divorce ourselves from things that are signature DISTURBED, like heavy riffs and syncopation. We just wanted to push the boundaries and show a good blend and balance of an emotional record as well."
"Evolution" came out last October.
A North American headlining tour in support of the disc kicked off January 9 in San Diego, California.
The trek will make stops in cities like Denver, Houston, Nashville, New York, Pittsburgh, and Toronto before wrapping up in Rosemont, Illinois on March 8. Support on the 27-city jaunt is coming from Canada's THREE DAYS GRACE.
Following the U.S. leg of the tour, DISTURBED will travel overseas to play in Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, and more countries throughout Europe. Their last slated show, as of right now, is on July 2 in Israel.