DISTURBED Drummer: 'We Don't Pigeonhole Ourselves In Metal'

December 27, 2005

DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren recently spoke to The Baltimore Sun about the group's latest album, "Ten Thousand Fists".

When "Ten Thousand Fists" appeared in September, it entered Billboard's pop album chart at No. 1 with first-week sales of 238,000. It was an impressive showing for the follow-up to DISTURBED's last album, 2002's platinum-selling "Believe". This time around, the Chicago band resists the heavy-metal tag.

"We don't pigeonhole ourselves in metal," said Wengren, 34. "We think our music is more rhythmic. There's a lot that gets attached to metal — the look, the weird vocals that really don't fit our music.

"On the first two records, we were trying to find ourselves," Wengren continued. "(On) this record, we combined the two. The first was more aggressive, and the second was more melodic. And we put those elements together on the new record."

"Ten Thousand Fists" has sold 738,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's 2000 debut, "Sickness", has shifted 3.52 million copies.

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