13 YEARS AGO: @DISTURBED
RELEASE ‘TEN THOUSAND FISTS’
By all accounts, Disturbed had emerged as one of rock's shining new stars in just a very short time and while they were definitely on top of their game, the road to the band's third album ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ was anything but an easy haul.
The biggest hurdle came in the form of a lineup change. The band parted ways with bassist Steve "Fuzz" Kmak not long after the completion of the second edition of their Music as a Weapon tour. The spot remained vacant for the better part of a year until the group found their new bassist in John Moyer, freshly free from early 2000s radio rockers Union Underground. "He showed a lot of guts," singer David Draiman said of Moyer to Launch at the time. "He came to the tryouts and waited in line with everybody else on his own dime without an invitation. That said a lot. That he knew the material and played it well said a lot. That we vibed well together onstage -- you know, all those things involved, and when we added them up and compared them to the rest of the potential candidates, he won." From a musical standpoint, guitarist Dan Donegan welcomed the idea of incorporating guitar solos, while vocalist David Draiman pushed his vocals to include "some more Rob Halford-esque stuff." Lyrically, Disturbed went a little more political for ‘Ten Thousand Fists,’ keeping the aggression in place but opening up to more lyrical themes with their third disc. In addition, the band found they had a growing fanbase in the military and penned the tracks "Forgiven" and "Overburdened" with soldiers in mind. "We have the utmost love and respect for the soldiers," said Draiman to Chart Attack. "We have friends who are soldiers, some of whom have died in the process of this conflict and many of them will play our music going into battle as a means of empowerment, or stripping of their fear. We couldn't be more proud. Never let it be misunderstood that because we are against war -- which I always will be -- that we are against those who fight." ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ became the band's second album to top the Billboard 200 Album chart and eventually went on to be certified platinum.