Disturbed are presently in the country to embark on a national tour which will take them to Perth and down the East Coast, but they somehow found the time in their busy schedules to make an appearance on popular reality singing show The X Factor.

Though some fans really wish they hadn’t.

After news first broke that the nu-metal veterans, best known to one faction of fans for songs like ‘Stupify’ and ‘Down with the Sickness’ and to others for their cover of ‘The Sound of Silence’, many old-school fans hit out at the band.

Taking to Disturbed’s official Facebook page, fans accused the band of “selling out” for their appearance on the often controversial reality singing program, which has copped criticism around the world for undermining genuine artistry and even being rigged.

The harsh criticism prompted frontman Dave Draiman to hit back at the haters. In a comment on the Disturbed Facebook page, Draiman insisted the band’s appearance on the show is an attempt at fighting the good fight and injecting some rock into the pop world.

“Lol, to those of you saying… ‘sell outs’, or ‘What is disturbed doing on X Factor anyway?'” Draiman opened. “We’re fighting the good fight for our genre to be respectably represented. All rock bands should.”

“All artists/musicians want to spread their work to as many people as possible. That’s what it’s all about. Sharing the beauty of what you created. If that is considered ‘selling out’ to some people, then so be it.”

As we’ve shown time and time again, we’re certainly no fans of shows like The X Factor or The Voice, but Draiman makes a good point. After all, wouldn’t we all like to see more rock bands perform live on Australian TV?

Disturbed Australian Tour Dates

Wednesday, 9th November 2016
HBF Stadium, Perth (AA)
Tickets: Ticketmaster | 136 100

Saturday, 12th November 2016
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (AA)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849

Sunday, 13th November 2016
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (AA)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849

Tuesday, 15th November 2016
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (AA)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849