Who Taught You How To Hate

Album: Immortalized (2015)
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Songfacts®:

  • This slow groover is a track from Immortalized, which was released following Disturbed's near four-year hiatus. During the band's long break, vocalist David Draiman spent time with his wife, model/wrestler Lena Yada, and their son, Samuel, who was born in September 2013. Asked by the Massachusetts radio station WAAF how fatherhood has affected the lyrical themes covered on the album, Draiman replied: "There are definitely a number of moments on this record that specifically [relate to my new role as a father]. There's moments where I reflect my son. For instance, the closing track on the record is a track called 'Who Taught You How To Hate,' and it was written with the idea in mind that a child is born into this world without hatred; that it is something that's taught, that there's always somebody who plants that seed."

    "Children playing in a playground, they don't pay attention to the color of skin, or their religion, or what part of the world they come from, or how much money they have," he continued. "It's pure, it's simple, and it's unbiased and it's beautiful. And that was definitely one of the things that my son showed me, and it's definitely reflected in that song."
  • The album earned Disturbed a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance at the 2017 ceremony for their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence," which went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and gave them their highest showing on the Hot 100 at #42. They lost the prize to the late David Bowie for "Blackstar."
  • The album debut at #1 in the US and earned a Platinum certification for 1 million copies sold - quite a sales boost compared to their previous album, the Gold-certified Asylum.

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