Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at the Rockstar Energy drink Mayhem festival in Indianapolis, IN. I caught several bands live, and hope to have the photos and video up on the site soon. I have close to 4 GB of photo and video to go through, so I will put stuff up as time allows.
Some of the bands that I saw yesterday were Black Tide, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne, Dragonforce, Disturbed and Slipknot.
More on the way soon!
DISTURBED: TEN THOUSAND FISTS ALBUM COVER ART AND “LAND OF CONFUSION” MUSIC VIDEO
It is no secret that Todd McFarlane has been working closely ith the band Disturbed since he was approached in 2005 to design the cover art for the band’s latest album, Ten Thousand Fists. Designed and drawn by Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo, the cover artwork features the sinister smile of Disturbed’s character, “The Guy,” surrounded by a massive throng of people with their fists thrust in the air.
David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed, said of the album art: “We wanted to bring our old icon, the Disturbed smiley face, whom we call “The Guy,” to life. I came up with a concept that embodied what the record was about, “The Guy” leading an army of people from all walks of life and all colors of skin, with their fists raised in unison, as a symbol of unity, strength and defiance with an azure sky in the background. Being a fan of the Spawn comic book series and the artwork that Todd and his company have done in the past, we could think of no better team to bring this idea to life. We are incredibly pleased with the piece, and think it is the most striking and certainly our favorite of the three covers.”
The success of Todd’s involvement with the cover art of the album later led the band to request that Todd invest his artistic vision in the direction of a music video. Todd accepted the offer, and all four members of Disturbed visited the McFarlane Companies in Tempe, AZ to discuss various ideas for the video. Wanting to reference the album cover art, it was decided that the music video would be animated, starring “The Guy” and featuring many characters seen on the album cover.
Production began in February 2006, and now almost four months later, the video based on the song “Land of Confusion” is on the brink of its public debut. Todd and producer Terry Fitzgerald, has well as the entire animation studio in Korea, have spent countless hours designing the characters, perfecting the backgrounds, and editing the clips together to create a striking video with a powerful message. Disturbed’s “Land of Confusion” is a rerecording of the Genesis song, and like the original video, Disturbed’s own version is highly political. The 3 and a half minute video not only features characters recognizable from the band’s album cover, but also it features characters recognizable from the real world.
If you haven’t seen the original Genesis video, check it out below:
Disturbed posted the following bulletin on my space tonight:
Our new album, “Indestructible”, will debut at number 1 on the Billboard charts this week with over 250,000 units sold and its all because of you. Thank you for being the best fan base in the world and for helping to put rock music back at the top of the charts. Your voices have been heard!
See you on tour this summer.
WE ALL ARE DISTURBED!
HRH Comment: For any Hard Rock band to debut at # 1 in 2008, is quite a feat. For a Hard Rock band to sell a quarter of a million CD’s in their first week alone, is practically impossible in today’s society. For Disturbed, this is their third #1 Album!
This is quite an accomplishment for Disturbed!
Check out Disturbed performing their new single, Inside the Fire live below!
Join Black Tide as they hit the road with Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce, Airbourne, Mastodon and more this summer on Rockstar Energy Drink’s Mayhem Festival.
To celebrate the festival, Black Tide and Hard Rock Hideout are giving away a pair of tickets to every date of the tour.
Enter now to rock out! Click the image above to enter the drawing!
From the opening air raid sirens of the title track, Indestructible, you almost know you are going to hear something cool. The title track starts off in awesome fashion. It is a very good track to open this disc up with.
Disturbed already has # 1 radio hit with the song, Inside the Fire, and their are several tracks that could follow this one on to radio.
Deceiver is one of the heavier songs I have heard Disturbed record. This track has plenty of double bass drumming, and some very heavy guitar licks. This is easily my favorite tune on this CD. This song is going to be massive for Disturbed.
The Night has that awesome rhythm that so many Disturbed songs are known for. The driving drums and bass will definitely get the head bangers going. Dan Donegan has some tasty guitar licks in this song as well.
Perfect Insanity is another one of those tunes where David Draiman does his typical vocal chant. Listen to this one once, and repeat after David…..Losing My Mind. This song gets in your head.
At this point, Indestructible needs a song to break it up from being too repetitious. Haunted takes it down between mid to high tempo, but aside from some semi creepy parts, it is too much like everything else on this record. It isn’t a band song, but I needed to hear something to break this album up.
The cool thing about the song Enough is Draiman sings more than he chants. His voice shines on this track, while Mike Wengren serves up some extremely cool drum beats.
The Curse is another tune that will ignite your inner head banger. The music on this song is pretty cool. I thought the chorus was kind of weak, but it isn’t the worst Disturbed has ever done.
Torn is another song that I had trouble getting into. Dan Donegan has some cool guitar parts on Torn, but as a whole, their isn’t anything that makes me want to replay this song.
Divide is more like it. This is the kind of stadium anthem that will have people singing along with the band in no time. Cool Tune!
Those thinking that Disturbed have gotten a little lighter over their last couple of releases will be happy to know that Indestructible is a return to the heavy sound that made Disturbed one of the more popular metal bands over the last ten years. This is easily their heaviest record yet, and quite possibly their best effort to date. If you are a fan of Disturbed, don’t even hesitate to pick this one up. Indestructible hits stores June 3rd, 2008!
Rating:Out of 10
David Draiman – Vocals
Dan Donegan – Guitar
Mike Wengren – Drums
John Moyer – Bass
Disturbed brought their Indestructible tour to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogart’s, Wednesday night.
With three platinum and two number one albums under their belt, Disturbed proves to have quite a large fanbase in the Queen City, as this show was sold out.
Disturbed has brought along two supporting acts on this bill, Art of Dying and Five Finger Death Punch.
Canada’s Art of Dying took the stage at 7:30 P.M. Their set list included the songs, Get Through This, You Don’t Know Me, Completely, and a cool cover of Alice in Chains’, Them Bones. Singer Jonny Hetherington has a pretty good rock voice, and as a whole, the entire band was pretty solid. The large crowd at Bogart’s seemed to like the band pretty well, even though most people were hearing their music for the very first time. Disturbed’s Dan Donegan is a fan of AOD, and asked the band to join this tour. They aren’t as hard as Disturbed, or Five Finger Death Punch, but they did a pretty good job warming up the crowd. Those of you who didn’t get to pick up their CD at this show, can find it at SeeofSound.com.
Five Finger Death Punch took the stage next, and proceeded to turn up the intensity in this elbow to elbow crowd. Five Finger Death Punch has a sound that wavers in and out of thrash metal and hardcore. It is aggressive, high speed, chest thumping music with a killer groove. At first I wondered how Five Finger Death Punch got on this bill. After seeing them live, I realized that they were the perfect band to open up for Disturbed. I was extremely impressed with the musicianship in this band. Zoltan Bathory and Darrell Roberts are one of the better guitar tandems in heavy metal today. They really got the crown going with their short set. No only did singer Ivan Moody electrify the crowd with his performance, but he instigated the first mosh pit of the night. His abrasive vocals take some getting used to, but it seems to work with Five Finger Death Punches’s style of metal.
Some of the tunes played by FFDP were White Knuckles, Death Before Dishonor, The Bleeding, and a cool but heavy cover of the song, Bad Company.
After Five Finger Death Punch’s powerful set, the crowd was supercharged while waiting for Disturbed to take the stage.
Disturbed took the stage about 9:30 P.M. This is the first time that I have seen Disturbed live, so I was not sure what to expect. They immediately took advantage of the electrified crowd, and continued to push us even further. David Draiman proves to be a very charismatic frontman, and is better live than on Disturbed’s studio material. Dan Donegan surprised me with his guitar wizardry. He is one hell of a player. By the time Disturbed broke into their second song, the crowd was in complete mayhem. More crowd surfing, and a second mosh pit broke out, as Disturbed blasted through their groove laden metal.
The Disturbed set included their songs (not in order), Down With the Sickness, Stupify, Stricken, Land of Confusion, Voices, The Game, Deify, as well as their latest hit, a new song off of their new album, Indestructible, called Inside the Fire.
I have been to countless live shows, but I don’t recall any over the last few years where so many people were fired up and enjoying the music, as much as this concert. During Disturbed’s set it was virtually impossible to take any pictures, as there was a massive amount of crowd surfing, fist pumping, and whole bunch of jumping taking place. Disturbed was excellent live, and will be a band I will be seeing again in the future.
Be sure to pick up a copy of their new CD, Indestructible on June 3rd.
The following are the videos taken at the show. Enjoy!
Disturbed – Land of Confusion
Disturbed – Inside the Fire (New single on Indestructible)
Disturbed will be releasing their fourth album, Indestructible on June 3rd. The multi-platinum rockers are giving their hardcore fans a special bonus if they pre-order the album from iTunes. Each pre-order will include 4 exclusive live tracks recorded at Chicago’s Riviera Theater. Disturbed has also released a new, all-performance version of their intense new single, “Inside the Fire” which you can check out at their official YouTube channel.
Disturbed have just unveiled their video for “Inside the Fire,” the first single from the forthcoming, Indestructible, which hits stores June 3rd. The video was directed by Nathan “Karma” Cox who has also helmed videos for Bleeding Through and HIM among others.
Both the lyrics of “Inside the Fire” as well as the video’s storyline tell the real life tale of a suicide that personally affected Disturbed vocalist, David Draiman. Knowing the pain and sensitive nature of the subject Draiman precedes the video with a public service announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
THE FIRST ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
DATES AND ON-SALE INFORMATION
ON SALE NOW!!!!!
TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 9 IN SEATTLE
Organizers of the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival have
announced dates, venues and on-sale information for the highly anticipated all-star thunderfest.
Multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the much-buzzed-about ampshattering road show, which will feature hard music’s most influential bands and its new wave of heavy-hitting acts. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning April 4 at 10AM local venue time via the Official Mayhem Fan Community at http://mayhemfest.tickets.musictoday.com. Pre-sale orders also allow
fans to hear tracks from Mayhem bands, receive early entry venue passes, purchase a discounted subscription to Revolver magazine and receive a Mayhem t-shirt. In addition, preorders enroll fans into a contest offering one grand prize winner an electric guitar and two meet & greet passes to get the six-string signed.
Fans that pre-register to be a part of the Mayhem Fan Community before April 4 can purchase tickets upon immediate availability. And by pre-registering, they’ll also be entered into a contest to win a merch pack featuring CDs from every band on the tour.
Tickets go on sale nationally beginning April 19. You can get more information at www.Mayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com.
In addition to Slipknot and Disturbed, the main stage features DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON, as well as a JÄGERMEISTER second stage with MACHINE HEAD, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER
DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO and the JÄGERMEISTER Battle of The Bands Winner.
There will also be a HOT TOPIC STAGE featuring UNDEROATH, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and 36 CRAZYFISTS.
The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on all dates.
MAYHEM is kicking the Recession’s ASS!
In an effort to keep more money in your pockets, Mayhem is keeping the ticket prices low, with tickets ranging from just $19.99 to a maximum $49.50 (plus tax and parking) — for 15 bands and 8 hours of music, madness and MAYHEM!
*Please note: top ticket prices are $49.50 + $6.50 for parking, plus sales tax or ticketing fee (ticketmaster or musictoday).
* Machine Head
* Five Finger Death Punch
* Walls of Jericho
* Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Winner
Hot Topic Stage
* Black Tide
* Suicide Silence
* The Red Chord
* 36 Crazyfists
Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour dates and locations
* 07/09 Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre
* 07/11 Marysville, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
* 07/12 Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
* 07/13 Devore, CA at Glen Helen Pavilion
* 07/15 Fresno, CA at Save Mart Center
* 07/16 Chula Vista, CA at Coors Amphitheatre
* 07/18 Phoenix, AZ at Cricket Wireless Pavilion
* 07/19 Albuquerque, NM at Journal Pavilion
* 07/20 Englewood, CO at Coors Amphitheatre at Fiddler’s Green
* 07/22 Bonner Springs, KS at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
* 07/23 Maryland Heights, MO at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
* 07/25 Dallas, TX at SuperPages.com Center
* 07/26 Selma, TX at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
* 07/27 Houston, TX at Sam Houston Race Park
* 07/29 Tampa, FL at Ford Amphitheatre
* 07/30 West Palm Beach, FL at Cruzan Amphitheater
* 08/01 Virginia Beach, VA at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
* 08/02 Burgettstown, PA at Post-Gazette Pavilion
* 08/03 Scranton, PA at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
* 08/05 Mansfield, MA at Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
* 08/06 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
* 08/08 Toronto, ON at Downsview Park
* 08/09 Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
* 08/10 Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
* 08/12 Atlanta, GA at Lakewood Amphitheatre
* 08/13 Noblesville, IN at Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
* 08/15 Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center
* 08/16 Hartford, CT at New England Dodge Music Center
* 08/17 Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
* 08/19 Darien Lake, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sponsors for the 2008 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include Title Sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and JAGERMEISTER, HOT TOPIC, X BOX, IBANEZ GUITARS, TAMA DRUMS, I LOVE VAGINA, METAL BLADE RECORDS, PETA, ROADRUNNER RECORDS, THE END TIMES, DiNGSTORE.com and THE IY. Media Partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE, HOLLYWOOD
MUSIC, KNAC.COM and METAL INJECTION.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival brings together the creative team that has founded many music tours including the highly successful Vans Warped Tour and the Worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Kevin Lyman, John Reese and CAA’s Darryl Eaton have partnered again, this time with Live Nation, to bring fans the next great music festival juggernaut, which will be
MAYHEM! Following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience the tour organizers have joined forces again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the Title sponsor.
Live Nation is promoting the festival nationally.
In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that will add to the festival experience.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing great surprises for attendees and will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.
“This festival will be our marquee music presentation for years to come,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso. “We at Rockstar are excited to team up with our partners from Rockstar Taste of Chaos to launch an all-out summer tour that will blow you away!”
Fans can go to http://www.mayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.
Disturbed have just released a new video game widget to celebrate the upcoming release of their album, Indestructible. Much like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the game tests your hand and coordination while you rock out to new tracks, “Inside the Fire” and “Perfect Insanity” from the Chicago hard rockers!
Click on the Album Cover below, to play the game!!!
Indestructible will be in stores on June 3rd through Reprise Records.
Disturbed will release their new album, Indestructible on June 3rd, but fans can pre-order the album today to get their hands on a limited edition package with tons of bonus content. For only $34.98 fans will get the full album plus an exclusive b-side of “Run”, DVD of the making of ‘Indestructible,’ VIP ‘Rock Star Lounge’ laminate for the 2008 Mayhem Tour, access to an upcoming exclusive website full of rare content and much more!
Pre-order your copy here today before supplies run out. This is your chance to get a very limited edition package of Disturbed’s highly anticipated new album Indestructible! The offer is only available at http://www.disturbed1.com/preorder.html.
You can listen to the track Inside the Fire, here!
Multi-platinum hard rock giants, Disturbed, will finally unleash their new album, Indestructible, on June 3rd! The band recently filmed a video for, “Inside the Fire,” the first single from the album, with Nathan “Karma” Cox, who has directed clips for Queens of the Stone Age and HIM among others. Disturbed will kick off their US tour with a series of headlining dates starting April 26th before taking their brand of pummeling metal and dynamic hard rock on the road as part of the “Rockstar Mayhem Tour.” The mega-package tour, conceived by “Warped Tour” founder, Kevin Lyman, and his “Taste of Chaos” partner, John Reese, will start in July and find Disturbed sharing a stage with Slipknot, Dragonforce, Mastodon and several other heavy hitters! Excited to get their new music out to their fans, they’ve also posted the scorching, “Perfect Insanity” as a free download on their official website. This is a re-worked, much heavier version of a song the band recorded early in their career.
Check out the tune Inside the Fire here!!
Nearly a decade after the release of their groundbreaking debut, The Sickness, Disturbed have become one of the most passionate and well-respected bands in the hard-rock universe, a dependable source not only of pummeling riffs and jackhammer beats, but of personal and political insights into our troubled times. Yet success (in the form of three platinum-plus albums, with both Believe and Ten Thousand Fists topping Billboard’s album chart and over nine million albums sold) hasn’t dulled this Chicago-based foursome’s taste for adventure. If anything, Disturbed’s loyal fanbase has pushed the band to newer heights of self-expression. So it makes sense that on the occasion of their fourth album, Indestructible, that frontman David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren decided to take the reins and produce themselves in the studio.
“Doing three records with Johnny K taught us a tremendous amount,” Draiman says of the industry veteran who helmed The Sickness, Believe and Ten Thousand Fists. “We’re always trying to evolve and try new things and experiment,” adds Donegan. “So this time we wanted to do things a little bit differently.” Wengren says that Indestructible—which the band tracked over three months in Fall 2007 at Chicago’s Groovemaster Recording—afforded the band the “opportunity to prove to ourselves and to everybody else that we could do it.” The result of Disturbed’s experimentation in the studio is the group’s darkest, angriest outing yet. Inspired by two and a half years’ worth of challenging experiences, Draiman told the rest of the band that he was in the mood to purge. Fortunately, they were right there with him.
“We wanted to get back to some of the elements that were maybe lacking on the last two records,” says Donegan. “David’s got a great ability to sing really melodically, but we wanted him to get back to the rhythmic, animalistic, rapid-fire delivery he’s known for. He’s very hard to touch when he does that, and we wanted to give him music to provoke that.”
Indestructible reflects that intensity of emotion across a broad spectrum of songs: “Deceiver” takes to task a former girlfriend of Draiman’s whom he calls “a master of deception.” “Divide” celebrates the will of the individual against the conformity of the masses. In “Haunted,” which Draiman calls a veiled critique of Los Angeles (where he lived for a few years before recently moving back to Chicago), a place of love becomes a nightmare landscape populated by demons masquerading in human form. “Inside The Fire” imagines the devil encouraging the singer to take his own life as a way of rejoining his dead girlfriend. (“Writing this record is the reason I don’t have therapy bills,” Draiman notes.)
Two of the album’s most powerful tracks address the situation in the Middle East, with “Enough” lamenting the causes of war and the suffering it causes, and the title track offering support for the troops “or anyone else looking to strip themselves of fear,” as Draiman says.
Throughout Indestructible, Donegan, Wengren and Moyer back up Draiman’s words with some of the most visceral, sophisticated music they’ve ever created. Donegan says his goal was to increase the dynamics—“to have the highs be higher and the lows be lower”—and to make more cohesive the relationship that exists between guitar, bass and drums and the band’s signature electronics.
“I don’t wanna sound arrogant,” says Wengren with a laugh, “but I think we’ve made the kind of record the industry needs right now. There are not a lot of heavy bands delivering these days. I think our fans—and fans of this genre—will go absolutely nuts for this.” “People never lose their desire for aggressive music,” adds Draiman. “And we’re happy to keep giving it to them.”
Disturbed is giving fans an early taste from their new album “Indestructible” which hits the streets June 3, 2008. Click here (http://disturbed1.com/ ) to hear their new track “Perfect Insanity”. Also, This Monday the 10th at 11am PST / 2pm EST Disturbed will be playing a live show from Kuwait that is being streamed free via MySpace. Click here () for more info.