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from left: John Moyer, Dan Donegan, David Draiman and Mike Wengren

Disturbed Biography

Featuring a dynamic fusion of several Alternative-Metal's stylistic touchstones, Disturbed have become one of the most passionate and well-respected bands in the Hard-Rock universe, a dependable source not only of pummeling riffs and jackhammer beats, but of personal and political insights into our troubled times. Lead guitarist Don Donegan, bassist Steve 'Fuzz' Kmak and drummer Mike Wengren first got together in 1997 in Chicago, Illinois USA, where they gig at local live Rock venues prior to the addition of the imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman, who completed the line-up.

Signed to Giant Records, they released their impressive debut full-length album, "The Sickness", in March 2000. The record was a large success across the U.S. where it peaked at #29 on The Billboard Top 200 chart following the success of two Modern Rock top 10 hit singles: "Stupify" and "Down With The Sickness", the latter of which also hit #5 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks; they also gained a large fan base for their live show and the CD obtained triple-platinum certification spawning two more singles: "Voices", which climbed into the top 20 on both Active and alt-Rock airplay charts and the Mainstream Rock top 40 hit "The Game".

Two years later, in September 2002, the band issued "Believe" which became an instant hit, flying in at #1 in the U.S. and at #2 on the Top Canadian Albums chart. The first single, "Prayer", quickly catapulted into the top 3 on both Mainstream and Modern Rock charts and was followed by "Remember" and "Liberate" which peaked at #6 and #4, respectively, on the Billboard's Active Rock chart.

In November 2003, founder member Fuzz left the band for unknown reasons.
The next year saw the release of "Music As A Weapon II", a split album which collected 2003's live performances from Disturbed, Chevelle, Taproot and Ünloco; the set reached a modest #148 on The Billboard 200.

But in September 2005, the Windy City rockers went straight to #1 in U.S. and to #2 in Canada with their third proper album, "Ten Thousand Fists"; it featured the recording debut of new bassist, John Moyer, formerly of The Union Underground. The CD's first radio single, "Guarded", shot to #7 on The Mainstream Rock chart, "Stricken" climbed higher falling just one position short of #1 and "Just Stop" peaked at #4 on the same chart; but it was the cover of Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" that gave the group their long-awaited Hot Mainstream Rock #1 hit. The album's title song and final single was another Active Rock top 10 hit for the band.

After three platinum-plus albums, Disturbed returned in June 2008 with "Indestructible"; frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren decided to take the reins and produce themselves in the studio. With first single, "Inside The Fire", perched at #1 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart, the 12-song set crawled up to #1 in the States, Canada and even Australia. "Inside The Fire" was also a top 10 hit on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks and was followed by the album's title-cut, a further Active Rock top 3 smash and a alt-Rock radio top 10 hit. The final single, "The Night", rose to #2 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and reached the #18 position on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks.

The group's fifth studio record, "Asylum", arrived in August 2010, preceded by the Billboard's Rock Songs top 3 hit "Another Way To Die".


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    The band line-up 2000
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    "Ten Thousand Fists" photoshoot 2005