DEVICE is the name of the new collaborative project featuring DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman and former FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo. The band, which has just launched its official Facebook page at this location, will enter the studio later this week to begin demoing material for its debut release. Draiman previously described the group’s sound as in the vein of industrial acts like NINE INCH NAILS and MINISTRY.
When asked by a fan via Twitter if the project would be anything “like dubstep,” Draiman wrote, “No, it’s about as close to it as [NINE INCH NAILS] or MINISTRY or RAMMSTEIN are. Industrial predates dubstep. . . In other words, it is at all times a guitar-driven sound.”
Lenardo was initially hired as a touring guitarist for FILTER‘s “Short Bus” tour in 1995, then later signed on as a full-fledged member, co-writing tracks on FILTER‘s second album, “Title Of Record” (released in 1999), and the group’s follow-up disc, 2002’s “The Amalgamut”.
Lenardo most recently contributed three songs to the soundtrack to the film “Underworld: Awakening”, including “Heavy Prey” (see video below), which was a collaboration with FLYLEAF singer Lacey Sturm. The CD, which came out in January through Lakeshore Records, sold 3,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at position No. 175 on The Billboard 200 chart.
DISTURBED went on an open-ended hiatus last fall, and although the members of the band expressed interest in working on other endeavors, Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that he wasn’t sure if he would do a solo project. “I don’t know,” he said. “I’m concerned about that, to be honest. I think too many people have tried and failed. You know, I think that the number of artists that have done it and been successful at it, you can count on one hand, and I would never want to stymie my persona or my growth individually by doing something just for the sake of doing it. If I were going to do something, it would have really have to be something special.”
DISTURBED has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four members say they’re likely to come back.
Aside from Draiman, DISTURBED bassist John Moyer has branched out recently by joining ADRENALINE MOB, a new group also featuring ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen.
DISTURBED issued a limited-edition box set of all five of its studio albums on vinyl on April 21, Record Store Day, called “The Collection”. The six-disc package includes all the records remastered and pressed on 140-gram heavy duty vinyl, with each housed in new artwork that is unique and exclusive to the box. Only 2,500 copies were made available worldwide.