Per Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan, it looks like Slipknot may not be the only band looking to focus on singles instead of albums. Per a recent conversation with T95 The Rock Station, the Disturbed guitarist says that the band is considering on just releasing singles moving forward, saying that “today’s environment” is more interested in singles.
Speaking to the potential future of Disturbed, this is what Dan Donegan had to say about the band possibly stepping away from releasing albums (the following was transcribed by Metal Injection):
“It’s hard to give an answer to that. Back in the day, in our day, you [went] from albums to cassette tapes and cassette tapes to CDs and CDs to MP3s. I know that the hardcore fanbase loves to have the whole body of work.
“I can’t really say [what we will do]. I know that, yes, today’s environment seems to just gravitate towards the singles and just [releasing] one [song] at a time. And for the artists themselves, it’s frustrating to put your blood, sweat and tears, and all this time and effort and budgets into making a full album if seven songs don’t see the light of day — if you only put out three singles and you have 10 songs on an album.
“So it’s frustrating to think that you put all that work and effort and the same amount of energy into those other seven tracks that maybe a handful of the hardcore fans will love but the average listened may never get to. So, that’s a tough call. It’s really hard to say what the future’s gonna hold for us on that. So, we’ll see. I can’t say one way or the other. But it seems like it’s kind of headed in that direction for most.”
What are your thoughts when it comes to bands stepping away from releasing albums, and instead focusing on releasing singles?