Remember, he said it would be an “indefinite hiatus,” which is the same language Blink 182 used when they broke up. They ended up coming back. System of a Down used the same language, and they’re back playing shows. So, it’s not necessarily a death knell, but at least we get a break from having to hear “Stupefy.”
Draiman says that the time off isn’t a result of animosity or bad blood. Nope, it’s the industry.
“Many of those reasons are personal reasons, and many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal right now,” he says. Wait — the demise of hard rock and metal? What’s he listening to? I think metal is going strong right now — but then again, Draiman and I probably have differing opinions on what’s metal.
“The industry is still in a state of reformation; it is on the verge of collapse, in my opinion,” said Draiman, a gifted observer of the obvious. “It’s a frightening time, and I think after 10 to 12 years straight of touring it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for awhile and wait for the phoenix to rise from the ashes.”