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David Draiman Says He Doesn’t Understand Disturbed Being Labeled Nü Metal


Disturbed vocalist David Draiman sat down with Music Connection for an interview published in late December which saw him discuss various topics, including his thoughts on the band often being labeled nü metal. Regarding that, he stated:

“…The nü metal thing I never got because we never rap, we’ve never had a turntable. All of the elements that are parts of being a nü metal band were never part of what we did. But we came up at the same time as those guys were enjoying a tremendous amount of success so we got slapped with that label.

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If we had come up during the time [Iron] Maiden and [Judas] Priest were dominating things in the mid-‘80s, I don’t think there would be any question how we would be identified. At this point, I don’t know that the label is all that important, but I know that there are plenty of bands––whether they’re rock, hard rock or metal––that explore new territory.

This was a change of direction that felt so gratifying. We went with it and ended up producing material that is, in our opinion, some of the best stuff we’ve ever written. That’s all you can try to do.”

[via Ultimate Guitar]

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