In a new interview with WMMRit is Brent Porch, DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan spoke about the band’s upcoming eighth studio album, which is currently being mixed for a tentative release in late 2022. asked if the producer Kevin Churkowho worked on the years 2015 “Immortalized” and 2018 “Evolution”resumed work on the new LP, Dan said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Actually, we went with Drew Coot, an LA producer. I think he’s originally a Carolina guy – he grew up in Carolina then moved to LA He did some good things with IMMOBILE IN WHITE and ICE NINE KILLED and DAD CARDS, a bunch of projects that I really liked, some of the things he did. And I held out my hand to him. I met him – I think it was December when I went to meet him – and I just felt good chemistry there, just being around him, and we hopped into the studio. He came to Nashville – we ended up following in Nashville – and [it was] a wonderful experience.”
When asked if the writing and recording process was different this time around due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Dan said, “I’ve always had a lot of ideas archived and just kept in the vault. But then I think when we ran out and did those few shows in November, we went to Fort Myers a few days off working with a friend of ours, another producer, David Fortmanwho has EVANESCENCE, GOD, NOOSE; he was playing in Ugly Joe at the time. So we went out and spent a few days with him, just to improvise and follow some ideas, just a few days off, and that got the ball rolling. So we just went with brand new, fresh gear – nothing from the vault. I just started coming up with new ideas. And it just progressed from there.”
Earlier this month, DISTURBED published “Hey you”, the first single from the upcoming album. The official music video for the song was directed by Josiahx. DISTURBED leader David Draiman called the track “a wake-up call. We’ve become our own worst enemies,” he said. “Civil discourse has become the exception instead of the norm. People have become lost in an addiction to outrage.”
Last month, Draiman says that DISTURBEDthe next album of will contain a “surprise track” which will “blow [fans’] spirits.”
In May, Draiman tell the public to DISTURBED‘s gig in Camden, New Jersey that the band’s new LP is “about 90% heavy as crap. Now there’s still 10% caring and love [laughs] – 10 percent. Hey, for everyone who fell in love with ‘The Sound of Silence’ [SIMON & GARFUNKEL] cover, I thought, you know… But the rest? ‘Sickness’-, “Ten Thousand Fists”-time DISTURBED, for sure. It excites you ? Because I’ll tell you, we’re really excited about it.”
DISTURBED performed live for the first time in nearly two years last September as one of the headliners of the stronger than life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.
In March 2021, DISTURBEDit is “The Illness 20th Anniversary Tour” has been officially cancelled. The visit to the amphitheater, with a very special guest STAIN and BAD WOLVES, was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020 but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was eventually completely abandoned.
“The Illness 20th Anniversary Tour” was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of DISTURBEDthe flagship album of “Disease”. During the tour, the group was to perform songs from the album, as well as pieces from “Evolution” and DISTURBEDextensive catalog.