David Draiman says Disturbed’s upcoming hiatus is not at all the result of any strife between the four band members. “This is really not due to any animosity — I want to make that very clear,” Draiman tells Billboard.com. “In fact, we just had dinner together last night. Believe me, it’s not like we can’t work with each other any more or we don’t get along. This isn’t a bad blood thing, and I don’t ever want people to get that impression of it.”

Rather, Draiman says, Disturbed has decided to “go away for… an indefinite period of time” after its current run on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival just because he and his mates feel “it’s just the right time to step away for awhile” after five studio albums — four of which have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — and worldwide sales of more than 13 million.

“Many of those reasons are personal reasons, and many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal right now,” Draiman, who’s getting married in September, explains. “The industry is still in a state of reformation; it is on the verge of collapse, in my opinion. It’s a frightening time, and I think after 10 to 12 years straight of touring it’s just a good time for Disturbed to go away for awhile and wait for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.”

The singer adds that he, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren are all looking forward to pursuing other opportunities, musical and otherwise, during the break. “I know that Danny has wanted to do some production work on his own, and there’s some bands I’ve wanted to work with as well,” Draiman says. “We’ve had things we’ve wanted to do as individuals for the past 10, 12 years and we haven’t been able to because Disturbed is so all-encompassing. This is going to give all of us an opportunity to just kind of go in different directions, creatively, as people and just see if the opportunities that have been kind of passing us by…are still around and if we feel fulfilled in doing them.”

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