Speaking to Heavy Magazine from Australia, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan talked about how they wrote their recent album “Evolution”.
“For many years, we’ve been talking about wanting to go into some acoustic ideas. And it was new territory for us. We just made it a priority to start out with it this time around. ‘Cause over the years, we talked about it, but the second we would plug in and do all the heavier tracks, we would just kind of put it on the backburner.
So this time we made it a priority to start out with these ideas first. It was exciting, because it was new grounds, it was a new inspiration. Even though they’re semi-acoustic throughout some of those tracks, there’s still some dark themes to it — talking about addiction and depression and death, and things that have affected us throughout the years.
So I think we just tried to find a good balance within the album to have different beddings and different foundation of the music. So once we did the acoustic tracks, we thought there was a way to mesh them and blend them with some of the heavier tracks too.”
“I just don’t second-guess it, to be honest with you. I don’t think about what the expectations are from the record label or management or radio or anybody else.
I walk into the room writing with the guys in the band, so we try to come up with ideas to inspire each other. When we’ve written a hundred and something songs together, the bigger challenge is just trying to always be creative and come in with something that’s gonna push each other to try new things.
And when we come together, if we’re feeling it — whatever that vibe is; whether it’s heavy or it’s acoustic or it’s fast or slow — we just try to capture that moment and just roll with it.”
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