DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently spoke to MTV.com about the departure of original bassist Fuzz, who had left the band in mid-December after more than six years.
"I don't want to drag anyone through the mud, there were just personality conflicts," Draiman explained. "It wasn't a relationship that could continue anymore, and we had to go our separate ways. When you're in a band, chemistry is very important. But we wish him all the best. We bear him no ill will."
DISTURBED are currently working on material for their next studio album, which they expect to release in spring 2005.
"We're just at the very beginnings," the singer said. "It's really hard to say where things are going at this point. There are some song ideas but no actual songs. The vibe in general is much darker — the tone of the music, the state of our minds. I'm thinking it will be somewhere in between [our first record], 'The Sickness', and [our last album], 'Believe'."
Draiman told MTV.com that what he finds most upsetting is the fact that he doesn't have complete control of his future, and that his success and failure may have as much to do with market trends as with his songwriting skill.
"Rock music — particularly what people refer to as 'nü-metal' — is at a point of decline right now, so it's a strange time," he said. "It's really daunting. It's like there's this big, huge shadow looming ahead of you, and you've got to run right into it at full speed, not knowing if you're going to hit a wall."