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True believers

Like all great heavy metal, Disturbed's sound was forged in the murky ground of rebellion. In this case, it was the pressure to conform to religious authority.

Singer David Draiman grew up in a strict religious family, was unceremoniously "removed" from a number of religious boarding schools and had rage and angst to spare when he hooked up with a Chicago trio -- guitarist Dan Donnegan, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist Fuzz -- back in 1997, after the three had been playing together around town for a few years. In 2000, the molten metal the four forged found an outlet when Giant records released the aptly titled "The Sickness," and Disturbed soon found a mainline into the blood vessels of its target audience during its tenure on the 2001 Ozzfest tour.

Now, the band stands poised to drop "Ten Thousand Fists," which advance buzz suggests is the group's most aggressive album to date.

On Tuesday, the group will wrap its tour with a rare small club gig inside New York's famed and troubled CBGB. Prior to that, you'll have the chance to see the band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dome Theater, 1713 Main St., Niagara Falls El Nino and ten years share the bill. Tickets are $28 advance, $30 the day of the show (Ticketmaster, box office). Call 852-5000.

-- Jeff Miers

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