Draiman singing with Disturbed, April 17, 2009
|Birth name||David Michael Draiman|
March 13, 1973 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, alternative metal|
|Labels||Giant, Reprise, Intoxication|
|Associated acts||Disturbed, Device, Trivium, Megadeth|
David Michael Draiman (born March 13, 1973) is an American songwriter and the lead singer for the heavy metal band Disturbed as well as for the band Device. Draiman is known for his distorted voice and percussive singing style. In November 2006, Draiman was voted number 42 on the Hit Parader’s "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time".
Draiman announced in July 2011 that the band Disturbed is on "hiatus" until further notice. He announced in March 2012 on his Twitter page that he is working on an industrial rock/metal project with Geno Lenardo, formerly of Filter. In May 2012 David Draiman stated that his new side project has been named Device.
In January 2013, it was announced that Draiman would produce Floridian metal band Trivium's upcoming 6th unnamed album in Austin, Texas.
Early influences 
Draiman is quoted as saying, "the first record I ever bought was Kiss’ Destroyer. And those classic bands like Black Sabbath were my first loves...I focused on the seminal metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Queensrÿche."
Draiman continues, "But I could also appreciate the hair metal bands – When you hear Whitesnake, you can’t deny their greatness. Then I went in the direction of punk and new wave, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Misfits and later The Smiths and The Cure – that was my ’80s."
Personal life 
I feel for the child and for the family and for Randy, but you have to understand that ever since Dimebag Darrell was assaulted, shot, and murdered on stage by a 'fan,' all of us have been very defensive/cautious of anyone jumping up on stage.
Draiman is Jewish, though not religious - observant of orthodox law and custom. David Brinn, writing in the Jerusalem Post calls Draiman "defiantly Jewish." Draiman has referenced God, from the Jewish prayer, saying "Elo-hai, bury me tonight" in the song 'Pain Redefined', the lyric as posted in the album Ten Thousand Fists. 'Elo-hai' is one of the sacred names of God, in Hebrew, meaning "My God", said during prayer."
He has many relatives who live in Israel, including his brother Ben Draiman whose musical style is more folk rock and ambient and who performs in Jerusalem, as well as his grandmother. Draiman has expressed dissatisfaction with those rock musicians who collect Nazi memorabilia saying, "I don't give a fuck who you are. If you're going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I'm going to have a problem with you because I don't understand how anybody could think it's OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I'm not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation". Draiman wrote the song "Never Again" (on the album Asylum) "about the Holocaust and the people who deny it, like Ahmadinejad. And part of our live show includes a video presentation depicting him as the new Hitler."
In an interview with Playboy UK, Draiman revealed that he lost his virginity when he was 12 years old. When Draiman was 16 years old, his girlfriend committed suicide. Draiman later wrote a song about the experience, titled "Inside the Fire", which appeared on the 2008 album Indestructible. Draiman married ex-WWE Diva Lena Yada on September 25, 2011, and as of 2013 Lena is pregnant with their first child, which will be a boy. According to Draiman on Disturbed's facebook page, he and his wife are planning to name their child Samuel Bear Draiman. 
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For a more comprehensive list, see Disturbed discography
- The Sickness (2000)
- Believe (2002)
- Ten Thousand Fists (2005)
- Indestructible (2008)
- Asylum (2010)
- The Lost Children (2011)
- "Forsaken" (Written by Jonathan Davis) (2002)
- Song-writing contributions for Megadeth's Super Collider (2013)
- Device (2013)
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