Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois.
Formed in 1994 as Brawl, the band was renamed Disturbed in 1996
after Draiman was hired as the band's new vocalist.
Also known as
Disturbed went into an hiatus in October 2011 which ended in June 2015,
during which, the band's members focused on various side projects.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Heavy metal, hard rock, alternative metal, nu metal (early)
The Union Underground
Art Of Dying
In This Moment
System of a Down
Their name was originally going to be "Crawl"; they switched it to "Brawl", due to the name already being used by
After David Draiman joined,
he suggested the band's name be "Disturbed"
Dan Donegan – guitars
Mike Wengren – drums, percussion
David Draiman – lead vocals
John Moyer – bass, backing vocal
s (2003–2011, 2015–present)
Steve Kmak – bass, backing vocals
Erich Awalt – lead vocals
Got Their Start:
building up a following on Chicago's South Side before a demo tape led to their signing to Giant Records
From the Album "The Sickness"
We’re not a religious band. It is more of a spiritual symbol. We wanted to take the four religious symbols and intertwine them and mesh them together to symbolize unity. It’s more about a belief in one. This album is very positive and that is the message that we were trying to send this time.
Not ever since that first show. During that first show I probably didn’t even move two feet. But, as the show went on I got caught up in the excitement and the adrenaline and the crowd’s response when it was over. It was just a rush. The last time I had any kind of…I wouldn’t say stage fright but I was just really star struck when Ozzy Osbourne came out to watch our set.
The other three knew each other already and partially had been playing together in some other bands from the Chicago scene when they founded Disturbed. They already had a singer, but somehow it didn't seem to work out with him so they had an ad in the paper. Well, I saw it and I thought I'd take my chances and that was it then. We clicked.
We don't have a particular plan. We just do what we do. This is the only way we know how to do it. We make the music that moves us. We use it as therapy. The songs are cathartic. They're ways of dealing with life experiences and the world around you. It's meant to be as a release for us as it is for other people.
It's multifaceted, the message to our music. It's not just that. It's about individuality, development of self, finding things in life that you can be passionate about.