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With the unexpected breakthrough of their single “Down With the Sickness,” Chicago’s Disturbed suddenly became one of the biggest names in the American nu-metal scene, but they have continued to enjoy widespread popularity ever since, easily transcending that particular musical style’s commercial peak. Disturbed started out as Brawl, in 1994, but changed their name some two years later when new singer David Draiman joined founding members Dan Donegan (guitar), Steve Kmak (bass) and Mike Wengren (drums). The foursome would spend the remainder of the 1990s honing their talents on stage and in rehearsal, while recording demos that eventually got them signed to Giant Records and formed the backbone of 2000’s multi-platinum debut album, The Sickness. Based on this strong showing, Disturbed’s sophomore album, Believe went straight to number one in September of 2002, and the band became a major concert draw, both with Ozzfest and their own Music as a Weapon tour. Bassist Kmak was fired at tour’s end over alleged musical differences and replaced by John Moyer, who debuted on 2004’s Ten Thousand Fists (another chart-topper) and all of the touring that inevitably followed — though some of said tour was occasionally interrupted by Draiman’s issues with acid-reflux disease. This and other personal demons fueled the darker themes explored on 2007’s Indestructible, which earned Disturbed’s first Grammy nomination (for the song “Inside the Fire”) and maintained the band’s momentum until the arrival of their fifth album, and fourth straight No. 1, 2010’s Asylum. A b-sides collection entitled The Lost Children was released in 2011, after which Draiman announced that Disturbed would go on an open-ended hiatus to explore other musical projects. For Draiman, this entailed launching a new industrial metal band named Device; for Moyer it meant joining super group Adrenaline Mob; and for Donegan and Wengren it led to forming an alternative metal project named Fight or Flight. Yet, as band members themselves have frequently indicated, we would be foolish to presume that we’ve heard and seen the last of Disturbed.

 
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Disturbed Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Disturbed's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Sixx: A.M., Glenn Hughes Join Disturbed at 2016 Hellfest

Watch as Sixx: A.M. join Disturbed for a cover of Motley Crue's 'Shout at the Devil' and Glenn Hughes joins Disturbed for a cover of The Who's 'Baba O'Riley.'

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Photo by Travis Shinn

Disturbed Discuss Nu Metal Label + Chart Success

Disturbed's Dan Donegan and David Draiman discuss being lumped in with the nu metal label and their career chart success.

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Disturbed Triple Down With Guests Lzzy Hale, Blaze Bayley + Ben Burnley at 2016 Download Festival

Disturbed tripled down on guests for their covers medley at Download 2016, welcoming Lzzy Hale, Blaze Bayley and Ben Burnley to the stage.

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Disturbed Jam Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name’ With Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile

Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile traded off vocal parts with David Draiman while Disturbed performed Rage Against the Machine’s 'Killing in the Name.'

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John Moyer Leads Disturbed Members in #22kill Veterans Suicide Awareness Push-Up Challenge

Disturbed bassist John Moyer has been partaking in the #22kill veteran suicide awareness push-up challenge and got all of his bandmates to join in.

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Disturbed Discuss Axl Rose Fronting AC/DC and Whether They’d Continue Without a Core Member

What does a band do if one of its core members can no longer perform? Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez spoke with Disturbed's David Draiman and Dan Donegan at Rock on the Range about that very topic.

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Sixx: A.M. Welcome Disturbed’s Mike Wengren for ‘Life Is Beautiful’ During 2016 River City Rockfest

Watch as Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren sits in with Sixx: A.M. for 'Life Is Beautiful' at the 2016 River City Rockfest in San Antonio.

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Sixx: A.M. Members Join Disturbed Onstage at Rocklahoma 2016 for U2 + The Who Covers

Sixx: A.M.'s James Michael and Nikki Sixx were the latest to hop onstage with Disturbed during their medley of rock cover songs.

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Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix Joins Disturbed for ‘Killing in the Name’ Cover at Rock on the Range

The Papa Roach singer joined Disturbed during their covers medley at Rock on the Range, rocking out to Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name.'

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