DISTURBED Frontman Says DIMEBAG's Death Was The '9/11 Of Rock'

October 7, 2005

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently spoke to RollingStone.com about the group's decision to dedicate their new album, "Ten Thousand Fists", to a friend, former PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was shot by a deranged fan in December. "There are certain tracks on this record that became attached to his memory," Draiman said. "The day [Darrell died] was the 9/11 of rock. A little of us died that day, too."

According to guitarist Dan Donegan, DISTURBED — which formed in 1996 after Draiman answered a newspaper ad placed by the other members — have always felt out of place in the so-called "nu-metal" genre which reached its peak in the late 1990s. "We've never had turntables or DJs, and we've never had rap-metal vocals," said Donegan. "We've always been more influenced by bands like IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST, which were aggressive but still had melody."

"Ten Thousand Fists" has sold 331,000 copies in the United States since its September 20 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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