We saw the signs at Mayhem Fest (check out our coverage), but it's finally happening: after telling several media outlets that Disturbed's immediate future is uncertain, singer David Draiman has confirmed via Twitter that the band are on indefinite hiatus.
Rampant speculation has been underway, wondering if this is the end of the band, suggesting others have other projects about to take flight, and more. Draiman addressed the rumors in 140 character form, stating simply: "We haven't said that we're breaking up. We simply do not know yet," the singer wrote. "All I can say is we are going on an indefinite hiatus"
Draiman previously told Active Rock KQXR/Boise that the band has no U.S. touring plans beyond the current Mayhem Fest, which ends on August 14. "We don't know what we're doing. We're not gonna do our own thing either," Draiman told KQXR. "This is going to be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for a while, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on. So I don't know. It's hard to tell."
It appears that the band has taken a diplomatic and unified approach to the decision, not going into extensive detail about the split. Guitarist Dan Donegan spoke to KEGL/Dallas last Wednesday, and gave an even more vague answer than his frontman, though indicating the rigors of the professional musician's routine had begun to wear on the band. "Ever since the start of this band, we've always had a game plan of what comes next after each thing. So it's always been 'write, record, tour, let's go home for a month, let's start writing again, do the same thing all over again", Donegan said on KEGL.
"This time around, we just haven't really gotten to those discussions yet," he continued. "We know that we're coming to the end of this touring cycle and we just haven't planned on what we want to do next." He added, "I don't have a clear answer, because I'm not sure where everybody's head's at at the moment other than we're having a great time out on tour, we're going out big, we're carrying big production, we wanna end this on a big note. I think we're not ready to sit down and have the discussions of when we want to get back together or if we're going to. So we're kind of winging it."