In the biblical book of Job, God tests a man's devotion by plaguing him with
an increasingly worsening set of afflictions. Disturbed frontman David
Draiman is starting to understand how Job must've felt.
The singer, who was schooled in religion and philosophy, decided to write a
video treatment for the band's new single, "Prayer," that was an allegory
referencing Job. In it, Disturbed are confronted with various apocalyptic
scenarios including collapsing construction sites, car crashes and a
cataclysmic earthquake. They emerge from each disaster ready to take on the
next (see "Disturbed Conjure Fire,
Earthquakes For 'Prayer' Video").
While Draiman insists the video, directed by the Brothers Strause last
month, is a tale of triumph over adversity and a clear-cut reference to Job,
others have viewed the footage as too disturbing for even Disturbed. Some
video outlets have refused to play it because they feel the scenes are too
reminiscent of those of last September 11.
Like Job, who faced calamity and moved on, Disturbed are making plans to
create an alternate video for the song in time for the September release of
Believe. One option is to radically re-edit the original video, a
spokesperson for the band said. But since the entire piece focuses on
devastation and demolition, that might prove impossible.
An alternative is to shoot a performance video for the track. Disturbed will
shoot their August 7 show at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and if
the footage is good enough, it's likely that it will be used for the video,
the spokesperson said.
While Believe was colored by the events of 9/11, the album isn't a
reflection of life in times of war or a diatribe against terrorism. It's
more a summation of the way people can overcome personal tragedy and trauma
through personal conviction.
"The underlying theme throughout the record is aspects of belief," Draiman
said. "And believing in whatever you feel strongly about no matter what the
situation is. The world is a different place since we wrote the last record.
Whether it's the events of 9/11 or our newfound success, the way that we're
perceived and the way that we perceive others now, everything is different.
And the realization of what we've become and the world around us and the
positive ends of it and the negative ends of it are really where the lyrical
content came from."
Throughout Believe, Draiman addresses the brutality of the music biz,
the emptiness of losing a loved one, the dismal state of contemporary pop
and the difficulty of sustaining a relationship on the road. While the music
is brooding and bludgeoning, it's not as bleak as that of the band's debut,
"It's not as dark, it's not as morbid, it's not as hopeless," agreed
Draiman. "That's part of why the record is called Believe. To simply
put out another record like The Sickness at this particular point in
time, in terms of its meaning, I didn't think was conducive to the
environment. I think people need things to believe in and to channel their
beliefs into, and that's hopefully some of what I'm trying to illustrate
Track list for Believe, according to Warner Bros.: