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David Draiman Of Disturbed Slams The Darkness

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has slammed THE DARKNESS as "a joke" and has taken issue with the British rock band's characterization of DISTURBED as a band that symbolizes "this whole wave of nu-metal that is near its death."

Speaking to Metal Edge magazine for its May 2004 issue, Draiman said,

"To be perfectly honest with you, I think that THE DARKNESS is a joke, and that's, unfortunately, exactly what the world wants. The world wants rock bands to be idiots. The world wants rock bands to be these bumbling buffoons, these morons who made fun of themselves and their music and their art and don't take themselves seriously in any way. It's all supposed to be a joke. It's all supposed to be a joke. It's unfortunate. I think that there's always a time to be tongue-in-cheek, and there's always time for humor, but there's a time to be serious and a time for emotional content.

"And it's funny, I wouldn't even go ahead and say anything about them per se, unless they had already laid down the gauntlet. I heard of late that they have decided to start slinging shit in our direction, that we are an example of one of the bands that they're completely against. That to them, we symbolize this whole wave of nu-metal that is near its death. Are you fucking kidding me? The irony is that they opened up for us in London at Brixton Academy, and here they are talking shit about us. I like the (single). I have nothing against the song. I can't argue that it's (not) a catchy goddamn song, but it's not metal. It's pop-rock! How dare they call themselves metal? That's not metal! It'll never be metal!

"They're a great band. I have nothing against them. But don't claim to be something you're not. Don't claim to be metal. Don't claim that you're authentic and we're not. Fuck you! Who the hell do you think you are? You consider yourselves and you treat yourselves and you conduct yourselves like clowns. And I enjoy laughing, because it's funny and the music is catchy. I even enjoyed them when they opened for us, even though the crowd was booing them to high hell. They were ready to lynch them! We're not looking to pick fights with anybody. We respect everybody. We don't talk shit about anybody."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. LaughingAssOff writes:

I find it funny how two completely sh**ty bands talk sh** to each other.

wow.

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Tyler writes:

LOL. How the hell can The Darkness talk sh** on Disturbed? The Darkness has ONE song that people actually listen to......Disturbed has.....well, I lost count.
By the way......Dehumanized kicks ass! I've been looking for the new CD/DVD, but no stores around here have got it in stock yet.

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 5:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. CorrosiveMind writes:

haha i think it's great dave made fun of them, they're f***ing horrible, the singer is more annoying then that noise Jim Carrey made in Dumb & Dumber! I hate his voice and i hope their fan base dies out quicker then the boy bands fan-base did. and people can say disturbed sucks all they want, they're a great band....just cause they're played on the radio and tv doesn't make them a sell out! find me any band out there that is as big as them that will ALWAYS walk around in the crowd and chill with the fans, drink with the fans, and sign everything and anything they can. there are some that do that, but not USUALLY bands as big as disturbed are. also, disturbed have much respect for any band playing. I met Dave before, at ozzfest in i think it was 2001, and i asked for an autograph, and he said "not right now, find me in a little while, when there isn't any bands on"! that is respect, not signing anything to help out the other bands, he was making sure the attention wasn't taken off of the other band(s) that were playing, that is respect right there

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 7:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

Hah, nu-metal is near its death, but then The Darkness is making 70s/80s music that's been long dead. They may find some sales in it, but the flood of like wannabes following in their "success" will cause all of their sales to callapse once again. Just like several years back when all the labels released new 80's metal releases and best-of compilations. The first few were semi-successful and then the releases flooded out for all of them to fade into oblivion even faster the second time around...

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. MeTal_Razor writes:

Don't be so sure on the imminent death of nu-metal. Were holdin on by a thread, and I'm confident that It'll pull its way back up. With a new Knot album just around the corner, I still have hope. I just hope everyone remembers. And don't give me any sh** cos I'm a nu-metal fan. At least I bag out Stinkin Park at every opportunity I get.

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 9:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KsE Metal4Life writes:

sweet, Draiman is the man

# Mar 14, 2004 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. pooploser writes:

hay i dont think draiman has the right to make fun of other, has any one ever heard him talk? he makes no sence most of the time, he just rambels on. who cares about the darkness serious or not. i guess im the only one who likes that one song. well the first 20 times i heard it. but thay sound like queen and thay ruled.

# Mar 15, 2004 @ 9:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. dont givva sheit writes:

who cares??? they both suck, maybe they will both die out together

# Mar 15, 2004 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. LiTsA writes:

Who the f*** cares....I mean seriously.. Ya The Darkness is f***ing crap and they aren't metal at all but, let them do what they want. They are only tarnishing their own name. Worry about your own crap and let them worry about theirs. It's not my place to talk sh** about people and it's not theirs. IF PEOPLE WOULD STOP FOR ONE SECOND AND STOP TALKING SMACK ABOUT sh** THEN EVERYBODY WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT BETTER OFF

# Mar 15, 2004 @ 2:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. KsE Metal4Life writes:

in the direction of "pooploser" and "litsa" the only reason Draiman was bashing The Darkness, is because whoever from Darkness, was bashing Draiman, do don't bash Draiman for something he had EVERY right to say

# Mar 15, 2004 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. xrichardx writes:

david yrou such a fa**ot the darkness more talent the your band will ever have. get of your f***ing power trip you f***ing homo.

# Mar 15, 2004 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Tyler writes:

This is for "xrickardx". How can you say that The Darkness is a better band than Disturbed? The Darkness has ONE song that people listen to.......so they better pull something out of their a$$ soon to be considered "better" than disturbed.
The Darkness said crap about Draiman, so he voiced his oppinion back. Whats wrong with that?

# Mar 16, 2004 @ 2:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. MeTal_Razor writes:

Its well known that Disturbed isn't exactly the heaviest band in the world but to say that The Darkness is bigger and better than Disturbed would qualify as subjection to a lynch mob. Fukk the Darkness, glam-rock went out in the 70s.

# Mar 16, 2004 @ 4:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. matt writes:

i agree the darkness is ok but disturbed just kicks their ass

# Mar 16, 2004 @ 4:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Dupedu2 writes:

Why was the crowd stopped from lynching these morons!!! They suck...they should go find that special rock they crawled out from under....and the "one" tune they do get airplay with sucks worse than they do. They should burn their instruments...and slit their wrists...hate 'em...they are chafed and festering scrods who should do the world a favor and make gay porn....They have not one ounce of talent and no comedic grace...They are ignorant F*ck stains ...the best part of them ran out their dads A$$!!!

# Mar 20, 2004 @ 11:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Dupedu2 writes:

xrichardx ....put down the crack pipe and your aquanet...you're obviously lettin the band lay pipe ...you their groupie? See I told ya...gay porn....

# Mar 20, 2004 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. RayOrama writes:

It's about time a band came along to show that Rock & Roll is about more than feeling like you're about to commit suicide and listening to bands who write about it... So the world is screwed up... DOH!... Do you really need rock bands to tell you that?... I like sad, depressed and angry songs, too, but... Rebellion is what Rock & Roll has always been about.... The Darkness are getting attacked because they are going against the grain... They're not wimpy, self-loathing, "My daddy doesn't love me and I'm gonna mix rap with metal and people will call me a genius" guys... They're out to have fun... As Led Zeppelin would ask: "Does anybody remember laughter?"... Long live Tha Darkness, The Hives, The Vines, Supergrass and the rest... Let's Rock and Roll All Night, and Party Everyday!... You don't like it?... Crawl back into your sorry nu-metallish hole and let the rest of us try to find something to feel good about...

# Mar 23, 2004 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. KsE Metal4Life writes:

you said there out to have fun... clearly there not, there asking for 1.8 million to do one f***ing show, that's bullsh**, there doing it for the money, not for fun

# Mar 23, 2004 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Horn of the Devil writes:

Both bands f***in suck. Why didn't the fans lynch both of them. Much love to Draiman for signing his autograph for my friend, but I think his band suck ass. Hehehehehe

# Mar 23, 2004 @ 5:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. RayOrama writes:

Of course they want to get paid!... Geez!... Do you expect them to do what they do for free?... Does Disturbed do that?... Does any band?... Are they asking for too much money for the festival?... Yeah... Maybe so, but then again... Plenty of people who wouldn't even have thought about going to the show will go if they headline it, so why wouldn't they want to get paid all they can?... Michael Eavis can always say no and get some other band... Besides... Do you think the organizers are putting up a show just so that fans will have some cool music and be happy and they're gonna donate all the proceeds to charity?... Give me a flying break!... They are a working band and they deserve to get what they can...

# Mar 23, 2004 @ 10:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. KsE Metal4Life writes:

well u claimed there doing it for fun, and there clearly not, not maybe people even get 1.8 a year, and there trying to do it for one f***ing show, give ME a "flying" break

# Mar 24, 2004 @ 1:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. RayOrama writes:

You know... You CAN do something for fun and still get paid for it... If you think this isn't right, no wonder you like all these depressed, angsty bands who drive you to suicide... I suppose you would expect bands to spend years learning their instruments, develop songwriting skills, work hard at getting a show together, touring all over to get recognized, just so you can get free music... Money isn't the problem here... I have no problem with bands making money... None at all... Do you think if someone offered Disturbed $1.8 million they would throw it at the person's face?... Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha... You are naive... But of course, no one will ever offer them $1.8 million, because no one wants to pay that much money to a band that will bum everyone out... I have no problem with Disturbed... I'm not a fan of that kind of a band, that's all... I like bands who remember that rock and roll has to be fun... The Darkness knows this... Does that mean they don't take their business seriously?... I think they do... I think they knew exactly the kind of band they wanted to be and got it... But you can't let them be... You have to attack them... You are "so secure" about Nu-Metal that you not only want to feel depressed, but want everyone to feel the same... No thanks... Keep Nu-Metal... You are welcome to it... Me, I wanna go see a real Rock Show...

# Mar 24, 2004 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. The LeftHand Path writes:

hahahahahahaha...(disturbed kick ass)

# Mar 26, 2004 @ 7:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Scott writes:

hey,this is a disturbed forum(not really but all forums should be),u should go b**** to the darkness not here,disturbed are one of the greatest bands ever and from my opinion new metal is riding a train and disturbeds driving the damn thing, and to make sure no one makes a come back for this statment, their driving in the right direction.i dont mind the darkness either that songs good for music i dont listen to. Dave(disturbed..obviously) ur like my hero even more now that u said that to darkness.Nu-metals seriousness are because life can be a sh**whole alot more than it can be joyfull,and some of those "suicidal" people probobly wouldnt be here today without this kind of music, im sure the darkness would really help them out by saying sh**ty catch phrases in a feminin voice? and id much rather listen to "darkness" than "the darkness"(i just had to say that)

# Mar 31, 2004 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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