Dan Donegan picks the best disturbed song to introduce people to the band

Disturbed have amassed quite an impressive catalog since bursting onto the scene in 2000. Although “Stupify” was the song that most introduced the band, there are fans who came along at different periods in the band’s history, and some who may still not has taken the deep dive. As a part of Revolver‘s ongoing “Point of Entry” series, guitarist Dan Donegan revealed which song he thinks would be the best introduction to the group for the uninitiated.

There are plenty of options. Considering what “Stupify” or the massive “Down With the Sickness” meant to establishing their careers, you might think that would be the option. And there’s the crossover success of their “The Sound of Silence” cover, which changed the group’s trajectory by allowing for more acoustic and softer songs to offset the heavy hitters. But neither is Donegan’s choice.

So what did he choose? “The Light” from 2015’s comeback album Immortalized which ended their hiatus. The second single from the record had modest success on rock radio, but Donegan has other reasons why the song he believes would be a good intro to the band’s overall sound.

“We’ve gone different ways in recent years with acoustic stuff and ‘The Sound of Silence’ and a couple of ballads and then you have the old school sounds,” Donegan said, weighing in on the difficulty of answering the question. “So it might not paint the full picture of who we are, but I think a strong song for me that I love to show people and that I think could be a good introduction is ‘The Light’ , which we did on Immortalized album.”

Why was it his choice? Says the guitarist: “Mainly because I just love it lyrically and atmospherically, and just its message – [chorus]’Sometimes the darkness can show you the light.’ I think it’s such a powerful text because no matter who you are, we’ve all been through hard times and dark times. I like that we always do our best to try to spread some positivity, for the most part, and send that positive message to give people hope, to try to find strength and strength to get through the hard times. “

The track includes the chorus, “When you think all is forsaken / Listen to me now (all is not forsaken) / You never have to feel broken again / Sometimes the darkness can show you the light.”

Donegan adds, “That’s why we do it and write these songs for ourselves, because of the struggles that we have and the darkness that we might go through at times. We’ve all had some struggles like everybody else. There are family issues. We’ve all lost people close to us – fathers, brothers. So ‘The Light’ is just such an uplifting, positive message to try to remind people that we have those dark moments. Sometimes we need that [reminder] to show us the light [so we can] fight through that pain.”

“The Light” hit No. 10 on Billboard’s Rock Airplay Chart and No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart upon initial release. “The Light” has also remained a favorite in Disturbed’s live shows, ranking as the 14th most played song in their catalog according to Setlist.fm.

Disturbed, “The Light”

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