Just another Disturbed one
Just another Disturbed one
When I was growing up, like early Elementary School years, I was lucky enough to get an avid taste for general rock and alternative courtesy of my dad's influence of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and tool. Luckily, the soft stuff didn't last long. I'd hear Metal before but was like "WTF? Their just freaking gargling into a microphone. That's not music. That's garbage." DISTURBED changed that!
When I first heard "Down with the Sickness", two things happened. The INSANE drum solo inspired me to pick up sticks and join the school band as a percussionist; and as I listened to other faves like "Stupify" and "Fear" I realized "wow, they're heavy AND you can actual understand them." A month later I bought the first album and DISTURBED quickly kicked out Linkin Park as the Top Fav Band.
Bought the tour DVD about 3 months later and was quickly addicted to over half of the album. On a personal level, songs like "Down with the Sickness" helped me to get the aggressive and yearning to be different side out while "The Game" and "Droppin Plates" helped me to get over some issues with the parents.
Just after Believe had been released, I was lucky enough to see Disturbed Headline over Taproot and a yet to be discovered Mudvayne play at the Memphis Coliseum. It was the first actual metal concert I went to. Being that i was only about 10 or 11, my Dad went with me and as much as i wanted to, we ended up getting seats about one full section of seats away from the rigbt side of the stage (from our angle) rather than the pit where I could plainly see was where the BRUTE of the action was.
The concert itself was GREAT. MIKE's drum solo in particular was what really drove my passion to keep pursuing drums and percussion. And of course when "Down with the Sickness" played, not having space or the right surrounding people to try this strange thing called 'moshing' with, i ended up hammering out what i knew of the intro solo on the rail bar in front of us ><"
As my Dad and I were leaving the concert a guy came up to us in the parking lot. I guess he took pity seeing how young i was and trying so hard to fit in with the big-bad metal crowd and he handed me a guitar pick saying "i think you might appreciate this a little more than i would" When we got back to the car I remember quickly turning on the overhead lights to look at it. Purple pick with the Believe logo on the front signed by FUZZ. Considering his leaving the band a little over a year later, yeah...it's freaking priceless too me. BUT OMFG WHAT I WOULDN"T DO TO GET A SIGNED DRUMSTICK!!
I got Believe the following X-Mas or Easter and fell in love with "Liberate" after the first play. "Bound" "Prayer" and "Intoxication" followed soon after.
During my Sixth and Seventh grade year I tried to expand my music interest. And as much as I started to love Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Korn, and Rob Zombie, I still kept coming back to The Sickness and Believe.
8th grade year- TEN THOUSAND FISTS!!!!!
Wasn't going to waste any time on getting this one (especially after hearing Todd MacFarlane was aiding with the cover art [Spawn was an awesome series]) and picked it up from Cats Music store only a week after release. The title track opener still remains my fav from the album with the synth intro. "Stricken" however was the one that got the radio publicity and I didn't really get much into the song until actually having played it a while later on the Guitar Hero III soundtrack. I appreciate Dan's solo a lot more now lol. "Sons of Plunder" and "Deify" were just as awesome as well. But then came the video for "Land of Confusion" which because it was like the cover art come to life, omg, I started to go back and looked a little closer at the songs covered by DISTURBED. Amazing job guys! The drum work for "Shout 2000" and "Land of Confusion" completely rock. And then, upon further internet surfing, along came a youtube vid with a cover of "Fade to Black". So unexpected, but pulled off oh so well. Better than the originals with all of the covers in general.
I got an electric drumset for x-mas when I was 13. Tore it up so that now i'm down to about 2 heads and a bass kick :( . BUT, I'm still sticking with Band now that I'm in my Sophmore year of high school and yeah...it's kind of a difficult jump to keep switching from marching drumline to concert band percussion to self-taught drumset practice. I was lucky enough too to get picked up by a few friends who were in need of a new drummer and already had a set with toms ride hi-hat snare bass kick and all. We're working on about 3 songs of our own and are considering covering "Down with the Sickness" everone in the band already is a DISTURBED fan. The plus side- we've got recording equipment. The down side- no singer. So until we find someone we like, we've decided to just have everyone in the band do a vocal recording of each song and finalize with the one we like best. That's the plan at least ><". The band name's A BEAUTIFUL DEATH btw
So yeah, that was the about the extent of my DISTURBED involvement until last Saturday night. DISTURBED played the Beale Street Music Fest!!! HOLY ***ing ****, amazing concert!!! Seether played before and thanks to a friend's help in pushing through the pit of drunks and muscleheads we managed to get a spot 3 bodies away from the very front railing just under stage. They left to go get something to drink after Seether finished but I told them there was no way in hell I was going to lose this spot (even if it did mean being "packed like a sardine" as the girl next to me so put it. Mike came out first and from that point on I was pretty much high on the feeling that "omg they're RIGHT THERE!!!" Naturally I screamed until my lungs DID give out after the first 3 songs whilst jumping and fist pumping as well. Being that it was already packed pretty tight with people who slowly became annoyed that I wanted to jump with every song, I slowly made my way over to the other group of enthusiasts who were enjoying the famed 'MOSH CIRCLE OF DEATH'. I was lucky enough that the people in it were smart enough to realize that being in a mosh means pushing your weight around along with shoving the persons next to you's (NOT THAT IT"S A ****ING FIGHT CLUB [in which case...yeah i probably would have gotten the shit beaten out of me]). Instead I learned that when a person is suspended in air for that fraction of a second per jump, it makes and shove whatsoever result in a very satisfying 3 seconds of pure flight from either side. ****ing EPIK!!! Everything was perfect music-wise and the preview taste of the new album with "Inside the Fire" was freaking insane. <3 the guitar solo there too. So yeah, I put everything I had into that rather exhilerating hour and a half and yes....GOT EXACTLY MY MONEY"S WORTH IF NOT MORE ^^ This time ending with "Down with the Sickness" which had been building up a lot of anticipation from the pit. Went home that night with a pulled shoulder blade, half of a voice left, and air of simply "wow"
Can't wait for the new album to drop soon and hope to see DISTURBED again sometime
DISTURBED ONE UNTIL I DIE!!
Thank you guys for giving me this passion
This gift of madness