|"What I'm trying to do from a lyrical
perspective is bring back the majesty of metal," says vocalist David
Draiman, defining Believe, the follow-up to Disturbed's multi-platinum debut,
The Sickness. "We have a responsibility," he continues. "Two
and a half million people invested in us and believed in us with the last
album. We owe it to them and to ourselves and to everything we stand for,
to respect the lineage and the tradition and the purity of metal. We have
to remain faithful to what metal--true, true metal--was first established
to be in the name of Black Sabbath and a hundred other great bands: Judas
Priest, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Metallica, Pantera, even Soundgarden....All
of those bands had songs that spoke about grand things." True metal
groups honor the legacy whose thumbnail history Draiman sketches. It's one
of the genre's endearing traits: fierce loyalty expressed loudly. Metal
requires that quality from its best bands and fans in order to survive.
As a product of natural selection, the oft-maligned genre has gathered strength
from continuously swimming against the current over the course of its Ozzy-and-Iommi-conceived
33-year history. Disturbed’s history began in Chicago, Illinois, where
the nu-metal outfit initially attracted a great deal of media attention
with their March 2000 debut, The Sickness.
The band comprises long-time associates Dan Donegan (b. Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA; guitar), Fuzz (b. Covington, Kentucky, USA; bass), and Mike Wengren (b. Chicago, Illinois, USA; drums), and the charismatic Dave Draiman (b. Brooklyn, New York, USA; vocals). Draiman, who also suggested the band's name, provided an immediate focal point when he joined the three other members in 1997. The quartet soon built up a sizeable following on the Chicago rock scene, but national success beckoned when their demo caught the attention of the major Giant Records. The Sickness polished off the rough edges of their demo, leaving a fairly traditional metal sound with the occasional nod to electronica in the style of White Zombie or System Of A Down. In common with most of their nu-metal contemporaries the band also rattle out a desultory but interesting cover version of an 80s classic, in this case Tears For Fears' "Shout". Believe debuted at number 1 on the Billboard chart in October 2002.