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Disturbed’s David Draiman: Metallica were my gateway to thrash

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Disturbed frontman David Draiman has revealed that Metallica’s classic 1984 album Ride The Lightning was his gateway to discovering thrash metal.

In a new interview with Kerrang (opens in new tab), the vocalist talks about Metallica’s second studio album, his favourite tracks and why he connected with what the band were doing during that period.

Draiman goes on to say: “Other music that Ride The Lightning led me to discover was to start really sinking my teeth into some of the thrash of the era that I literally had no exposure to.

“Whether it was Slayer, Testament or Megadeth, it was the opening of a doorway for me to a whole new palate of music.”

He adds: “When I hear the album now, it still makes me feel the same burst of excitement, energy and power that it did when I first heard it.

“The album changed my life as it gave me a very rude awakening to the heavier side of music… and I’m very happy to be awake.”

Disturbed released their new studio album Evolution (opens in new tab) last month and revealed a run of live shows across North America, the UK and Europe which will get under way in early 2019.

Disturbed - Evolution (opens in new tab)
Disturbed are back with their new album Evolution - the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Immortalized (opens in new tab) featuring the lead tracks Are You Ready and A Reason To Fight.

Disturbed 2019 tour dates

Jan 9: San Diego, Valley View Casino Center, CA
Jan 11: Los Angeles, The Forum, CA
Jan 12: Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena, NV
Jan 14: Phoenix, Gila River Arena, AZ
Jan 16: Denver, Pepsi Center, CO
Jan 17: Albuquerque, Tingley Coliseum, NM
Jan 19: Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena, UT
Jan 22: Lincoln, Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
Jan 23: Kansas City, Sprint Center, MO
Jan 25: San Antonio, Alamodome, TX
Jan 26: Dallas, American Airlines Center, TX
Jan 28: Houston, Toyota Center, TX
Jan 30: Peoria, Peoria Civic Center, IL
Feb 1: Minneapolis, Target Center, MN
Feb 16: Nashville, Bridgestone Arena, TN
Feb 18: Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center, PA
Feb 20: Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena, PA
Feb 21: Washington DC, Capital One Arena
Feb 23: Uncasville, Mohegan Sun Arena, CT
Feb 25: New York, Madison Square Garden, NY
Feb 27: Worcester, DCU Center, MA
March 1: Montreal, Place Bell, QC
March 2: Buffalo, KeyBank Center, NY
March 4: Toronto, Scotiabank Arena, ON
March 5: Detroit, Little Caesars Arena, MI
March 7: Grand Rapids, Van Andel Arena, MI
March 8: Rosemont, Allstate Arena, IL
April 18: Madrid, La Riviera, Spain
April 19: Barcelona, Razzmatazz, Spain
April 21: Zurich, Halle 622, Switzerland
April 22: Milan, Alcatraz, Italy
April 24: Vienna, Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
April 25: Munich, Zenith, Germany
April 27: Luxembourg, Rockhal, Luxembourg
April 28: Hamburg, Sporthalle Hamburg, Germany
April 30: Stockholm, Annexet, Sweden
May 1: Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway
May 3: Copenhagen, K.B. Hallen, Denmark
May 4: Berlin, Verti Music Hall, Germany
May 6: Cologne, Palladium, Germany
May 7: Amsterdam, AFAS Live, Netherlands
May 9: Paris, Elysée Montmartre, France
May 11: London, Alexandra Palace, United Kingdom
May 13: Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 14: Manchester, O2 Apollo Manchester­, United Kingdom

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