Multi-platinum hard rock band Disturbed performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night in support of new No. 1 rock album Evolution [Reprise Records].
It’s been a busy week for the two-time GRAMMY® nominees, who also kicked off their North American headline tour in San Diego, CA, and will play The Forum in Los Angeles tonight. The full itinerary can be viewed HERE. Evolution hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Rock and Alternative Albums Charts and can be heard HERE. The album’s success was fueled by hit single “Are You Ready,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart and is the band’s 12th No. 1 single and the fastest chart-climber of their career, with over 14 million Spotify streams and a companion VIDEO with more than 9 million YouTube views. The emotional “A Reason To Fight,” a stunning song about battling addiction, came with a Matt Mahurin (Metallica, U2)-directed VIDEO that has over 6 million YouTube views.
“The message behind ’A Reason To Fight’ is a personal one,” says Disturbed lead vocalist David Draiman. “We’ve all seen people that we care about fall victim to addiction. Dan (Donegan, Disturbed’s guitarist) sent me a rough idea for the song and it hit home particularly hard.” “I know people who’ve battled addiction and have seen it in their face—the shame they have—feeling they’ve let themselves and others down,” says Donegan. “We wanted to write a song with a positive message for people in that situation to stay hopeful and not give up the fight, as challenging as it may be. It’s an everyday struggle, but there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
If you or anyone you know is in crisis, please call the National Addiction Hotline (1-800-662-HELP (4357)) and/or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
Evolution drew rave reviews from fans and critics alike, with Billboard declaring it “their most diverse album ever and one of their best, on par with their 2002 hit album Believe.” Classic Rock wrote, “the title says it all…the band have embraced their own instincts, and as a result their credibility has soared on arguably their most convincing album since 2000’s The Sickness.” The Chicago Sun-Times said, “Evolution takes some of the biggest leaps of Disturbed’s career, with the unpredictability in David Draiman’s vocals, Mike Wengren’s drumming patterns, Dan Donegan’s dimensional guitar work and John Moyer’s low-down bass lines fully embodying the album’s title.” Music Week proclaimed, “Disturbed are ready to go stratospheric on their new album Evolution,” Metal Hammer wrote, “without a doubt the most diverse record in Disturbed’s catalogue,” and Power Play gave it a 10-star review, gushing, “Disturbed have evolved into a superbly mature rock act, who, with this album, fully transcend from pure metal into pure greatness. This is a career-defining release. Nothing less.”
Disturbed is one of the most successful rock bands in modern history. The multiplatinum-selling quartet accomplished the rare feat of achieving five consecutive number one debuts on the Billboard Top 200. That accolade historically elevated them to rarified air alongside Metallica, the only other hard rock group to do so in the history of the chart. Immortalized (2015)received a platinum certification and spawned the triple-platinum crossover smash “The Sound of Silence,” which garnered a nomination at the 2017 GRAMMY® Awards in the category of “Best Rock Performance.” Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold 16 million albums globally and scored twelve No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio.