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Why Disturbed's David Draiman is done telling people what to do

He became a father. He made a Disturbed album in secret. He quit Twitter. As his band come off their four-year hiatus, could this be a brand new David Draiman?

David Draiman can’t say precisely when he decided to quit Twitter. Sure, he announced at the end of June that he would be pulling the plug on his account, but what actually prompted him to step away from the online bear-pit isn’t quite so clear. There was no specific tweet that tipped him over the edge; no one single straw that broke the camel’s back.

What had started as a direct conduit between the Disturbed singer and his band’s fans had become a battleground between a musician unafraid to speak his mind and an army of people determined to bait him. It was a war of attrition. And for once in his life, Disturbed’s frontman was on the losing side.

“It wasn’t worth it,” he says. “I’m just a pin-drop in a giant ocean. What am I going to do? I made a commitment to respond to everybody. And it was a difficult commitment to keep. It opened me up to constant bullshit and attack.”

He should be used to those two things by now. In the 15 years since Disturbed’s debut album, The Sickness, turned the Chicago band into one of the standard-bearers for nu metal’s second wave, David has earned a reputation as one of the most outspoken and divisive rockstars of his generation. And let’s not beat around the bush here – like him or not, he is a rockstar.

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