DISTURBED frontman David Draiman, who last year announced the formation of his new project DEVICE, also featuring former FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo, has posted the following message online:
“My brothers and sisters, my blood, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for coming with me on this new journey that is DEVICE.
“I am eternally grateful for the love that you all have for DISTURBED, and I also understand the defensiveness that can come with any thing that could potentially be perceived as a catalyst to some sort of ‘breakup theory’ that, I assure you, has no base in the first place.
“If you read the DEVICE bio that was posted on the DEVICE Facebook page, you will learn that the whole project came together quite accidentally, and I’m very glad it did. I think you will be too.
“DISTURBED is still on hiatus. A hiatus is an extended break, not ‘breakup.’ We have fought long and hard together, all of us, to make DISTURBED what it has become, and are not just walking away from it. We all needed to just give ourselves some time away from it. The existence of DEVICE does not in any way shape or form mean the end of DISTURBED. They are two completely separate entities, and I hold them both in the highest regard. You are about to get your first taste this coming week.
“You have all of my love and respect.”
DEVICE will play a number of shows this spring and summer in support of its debut album, which is due out April 9. The CD will feature guest appearances from AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows, SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler and ex-DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.
Lenardo will not be part of the DEVICE touring band due to previous commitments.
Other members of the live lineup include EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt and DOPE guitarist Virus.
A 44-second teaser for DEVICE‘s forthcoming album can be seen below.
The first single from the DEVICE album, called “Vilify”, arrives at rock radio on February 19. A video is being produced as well.