Inside the Fire (song)

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"Inside the Fire"
Disturbed Inside The Fire Cover.jpg
Single by Disturbed
from the album Indestructible
B-side "Perfect Insanity"
Released March 25, 2008
Recorded February 2007 – January 2008 at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Alternative metal[1]
Length 3:52
Label Reprise
Producer(s) Dan Donegan
Disturbed singles chronology
"Ten Thousand Fists"
"Inside the Fire"
"Perfect Insanity"

"Inside the Fire" (alternatively known as "Devin")[2] is a song by American heavy metal band Disturbed. The song was released as the lead single from the band's fourth studio album, Indestructible (2008), on March 25, 2008 as a digital download. The song features suicidal themes, and, in May 2008, a music video was unveiled for the song. However, due to the involvement of suicidal themes in the uncensored music video, an edited version of the song and music video was released, in which these themes are absent.

On March 24, 2008, "Inside the Fire" debuted on more than sixty radio stations, quickly showing up on many significant music charts and reaching number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Chart. The single became nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category.[3] The song was featured in Madden NFL 09.[4]


According to vocalist David Draiman, the song is "a real racy song... about me standing over the body of my girlfriend, who just killed herself, and the Devil is standing over me, whispering in my ear to kill myself."[5]

Commenting further for The Pulse of Radio, Draiman stated, "it is based on a true story of my own where, when I was about 16 or so, I had a girlfriend of mine commit suicide," he said. "It was an unbelievably horrific and painful experience, and it was cathartic to make the song, and it really took me having a certain mindset to do it, and I had to wait 'til I was ready."[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Inside the Fire" premiered on May 2, 2008.[6] A suicide hotline phone number appears before the video, due to its nature and content, along with a message from vocalist David Draiman regarding suicide.[7] An "all-performance" version of the video premiered later, featuring no dark themes or messages.[8]

The video begins with a girl (assumed to be Draiman's girlfriend) hanging herself in her apartment. Draiman arrives at the apartment, to find her dead. He cuts her down and places her body on a couch, taking in what has happened. He then cleans her in a bathtub. He goes back out to the room in which she hanged herself, and looks out of the door, making sure no one is there. Mentally stricken, he takes a gun placed on the wall and aims the barrel into his own mouth and starts screaming. The camera then fades out and back in, showing Draiman restrained by a straitjacket, showing that he could not bring himself to commit suicide. The edited version of the music video, which does not feature suicidal themes, depicts Disturbed playing in a dark room, with the band members sometimes covered in blood.

Track listing[edit]

Compact disc

All tracks written by Disturbed.

No. Title Length
1. "Inside the Fire" 3:52
Total length: 3:52

7" vinyl

No. Title Length
1. "Inside the Fire" 3:52
2. "Perfect Insanity" 3:59
Total length: 7:51

Digital download

No. Title Length
1. "Inside the Fire" 3:52
Total length: 3:52

United Kingdom digital download

No. Title Length
1. "Inside the Fire" 3:52
2. "Parasite" 3:25
3. "Stricken (Live At the Riviera)" 4:27
Total length: 11:44


Charts and certifications[edit]

On March 24, 2008, "Inside the Fire" debuted on more than sixty radio stations.[9] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number four on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[10] It also peaked at number seventy-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number sixty-seven on the Pop 100.[10] The song is Disturbed's sixth number-one hit on Mediabase's Active Rock charts.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grierson, Tim. "Top 10 Essential Alt-Metal Songs". Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Indestructible (insert). Disturbed. Reprise Records. 2008. 
  3. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  4. ^ Hayward, Andrew. "Madden NFL 09 Soundtrack Revealed". Retrieved 2012-08-13. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "In the Studio: Disturbed's David Draiman talks "Indestructible" new album". Rolling Stone. 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b "DISTURBED: 'Inside the Fire' video posted online". 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Disturbed creates unprecedented online demand at DeepRockDrive". 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ "DISTURBED: All-Performance version of 'Inside the Fire' video posted online". 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  9. ^ "New DISTURBED catches 'Fire' on airwaves". 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Disturbed: Chart history - Singles". 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  11. ^ "DISTURBED's 'Inside the Fire' is ruling 'Active Rock' chart". 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Disturbed – Inside the Fire". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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