Ever since Disturbed went on hiatus in October of 2011, rock fans had missed the powerful and astonishing vocal stylist of David Draiman. Draiman had made a name for himself with the popular band ever since 1998’s “The Sickness” album. Distrubed announced they would go on hiatus as they wrapped up their 2011 tour. Fans of the band couldn’t help but be disappointed. Luckily, David would not stay out of the game long!
In May of 2012, David Draiman announced his new project would be an industrial metal band titled “Device”. He would partner up with former Filter guitarist, Geno Lenardo to work on new material. Draiman expressed interest in pursuing a more electronic sound with industrial metal vibes. The new band project began recording an album in January of 2013.
April 9th, 2013 saw Device’s self-titled debut album hit shelves. The album featured guest appearances by Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm). The album featured a cover of the Lita Ford hit “If I Close My Eyes Forever” as well as the singles “Vilify” and “You Think you Know”. The album saw success in the U.S. and New Zealand having reached #11 on the U.S. charts and #4 in New Zealand.
Since the release of the first album, Device has been touring. The touring band includes drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Virus. Unfortunately, Lenardo has not been joining the band on tour.The band has temporarily stopped touring as David Draiman has been spending time at home with his wife due to complications with her pregnancy. However, the future looks bright for Device and Disturbed is not out for the count as Draiman admitted the hiatus was not over “Bad blood”. Be on the look out for more from Draiman and Device! Be sure to check out Device’s debut album if you have not. David Draiman delivers solid vocal performances (as usual) and the electronic sound breaths new life into the industrial metal genre. Draiman is sure to remain in the rock scene for the foreseeable future.