Not that many people have expressed a considerable level of qq over Disturbed‘s announcement that they’re taking an indefinite break after over a decade of touring, but frontman David Draiman has been baited by the backlash over his somewhat short-sighted reasoning into giving a caps-laden response. Never argue with The Internet, David; it’s not worth it. His original statement read:

“Many of those reasons are personal reasons, and many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal right now. The industry is still in a state of reformation; it is on the verge of collapse, in my opinion. It’s a frightening time, and I think after 10 to 12 years straight of touring it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for awhile and wait for the phoenix to rise from the ashes.”

Responding to the barrage of abuse over his derisive comments, he gave the following responses ENTIRELY IN FUCKING CAPSLOCK.

“…THE “DEMISE” OF HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL I WAS REFERRING TO WAS THAT IT IS RELATIVELY IGNORED BY THE MEDIA IN GENERAL. IT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE, AND STRONG. I BEAR WITNESS TO THAT, AS WELL AS THE 10-15,000 PEOPLE WE ARE PLAYING TO EVERY NIGHT.”

Fucking good. I don’t want every asshole I know listening to Between the Buried and Me. I don’t want teenagers writing on their shitty livejournals about how much Glassjaw‘s lyrics are an allegory of all human relationships. I like metal being underground. Pretty much everyone does. It’s only bands like Disturbed that equate success to playing to crowds of “10-15,000 people” every night. Can you imagine Lady Gaga making a metal album?

[Actually I can. It would sound like this. But never mind.]

When questioned for his thoughts on how to fix the industry, he responded:

“MIGHT BE TOO LATE. THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO RE-INVEST IN ARTIST DEVELOPMENT. CUT SALARIES FOR THE HIGHER UPS. GET MORE DAY TO DAY STAFF/PERSONNEL. EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY, NEGOTIATE DEALS WITH EVERY ISP TO KEEP FILE SHARING UNDER CONTROL, PULL THEIR HEADS OUT OF THEIR ASSES. STOP RAPING FANS WITH HIGH TICKET SERVICE CHARGES, NO MORE 10 DOLLAR BEERS AND SUCH AT CONCESSIONS. GO BACK TO WHEN IT WAS ABOUT THE MUSIC…..MY OPINION IS THAT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY MISSED THE BOAT. I DON’T BLAME THE FANS OR THE PUBLIC FOR WANTING A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO GET THEIR MUSIC. HAD THE RECORD LABELS NEGOTIATED WITH THE ISP’S 10-15 YEARS AGO TO BUILD IN A FILE SHARING FEE TO THE STANDARD ISP MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGE, SAY AN ADDITIONAL 5 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR UNLIMITED FILE SHARING, THAT OFFERED INCENTIVES AND SPECIAL TRACKS/ RELEASES, WOULDN’T YOU HAVE DONE IT? OVER 70 MILLION PEOPLE SUBSCRIBE TO ISP’S. 70 MILLION x 5 DOLLARS A MONTH IS A WHOLE LOT OF REVENUE THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN MISSING OUT ON. FILE SHARING WOULD HAVE BEEN W/O CONSEQUENCE AND AT MINUSCULE COST. EVERYONE WOULD HAVE WON. NOW WERE ALL PLAYING CATCH UP. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE”

Also:

“THERE IS NO DECLINE IN METAL. IT HAS SIMPLY BEEN CONSISTENTLY OVERLOOKED BY THE MASS MEDIA ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS. UNDESERVEDLY”

“IN MY OPINION METAL IS AS STRONG AS EVER. THE OVERALL MARKETPLACE HAS WEAKENED. BUT COMPARED TO MOST, METAL IS KICKING ASS!!!”

Well, that’s a big contradiction to what he said before, but what the hell. What amuses me most is that, amongst all this talk of the industry dying and having going on a long hiatus, they’ve resigned with Warner for a new album, and have a collection of b-sides in the works. Jesus Christ. Sounds more like a hype machine than anything else. Who wants to bet they’ll be back with that album within the next 18 months, and this ‘hiatus’ is just a marketing excuse for a break from touring?

– CG

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