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Disturbed to play sold-out show at Rapids Theatre

As contentious as it may be, you cannot deny the impact of nu metal on the evolution of modern hard rock. Disturbed was one of the few bands that exploded onto the metal scene in the early 2000s and helped shape that genre.

As time passed, the Chicago quartet – vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren – promptly pushed past its nu-metal roots to establish itself as one of the most popular and successful alt-metal and hard rock bands going.

The band’s debut record “The Sickness” was a game-changing album. But in 2011, Disturbed unexpectedly announced it would go on hiatus, with each of the members focusing on new side projects. After four years, the band shot back to life with the new album, aptly titled, “Immortalized.” The record marked the band’s fifth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

With hit singles like the ferocious “The Vengeful One” and a surprisingly haunting rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” it’s no surprise that the band’s first show in Buffalo in five years – April 5 in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) – sold out in a matter of days.

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