Single Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Disturbed
Rarely does a cover come along that it not only impresses the original artist and songwriter of the song but is even appreciated and heartily endorsed by him. This is the case for heavy metal band, Disturbed, with their beautiful, moving, and haunting cover of “The Sound of Silence”, a classic Simon & Garfunkel song that was released in 1964.
Disturbed DID secure permission to do a cover version of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and to include it in their latest studio-release ‘Immortalized’. A mighty task on its own this is by Disturbed given that “The Sound of Silence” is one of the most beloved and lauded folk-rock songs ever in modern music history.
This timeless hit is very much part of the popular culture of America as it captured a chaotic and tension-filled era in the 1960’s through the lenses and words of the legendary duo Simon & Garfunkel.
What is the production value of “The Sound of Silence” ?
David Draiman, the lead singer of Disturbed, who is well known for his powerful and raspy vocals temporarily trades his signature singing style for a very delicate and refined vocal approach in “The Sound of Silence”. The transition he did here with his style of singing is amazing and proves without doubt that his vocal prowess is at a master level.
David Draiman’s voice simply glides over the soft notes of the piano, the weeping of the acoustic guitar, and the inclusion of the orchestral setting with the string section and light percussions that come into play with each succeeding verse. By the time you reach the last verse which is the 4th one… you will be hearing a masterpiece of a cover by Disturbed in all its glory.
On an added note, David Draiman’s intensity and fierceness he is so known for as the lead singer for Disturbed are also projected and heard in their cover of “The Sound of Silence” because nary is there an attempt on his part to sound like Simon & Garfunkel. Rather, he gives his own vocal take, a version of what he envisions “The Sound of Silence” to be, artistically.
For me, Disturbed’s “The Sound of Silence” is more than a cover. It has transcended to become a remake of Simon & Garfunkel’s original piece. Why so ? Disturbed not only manages to keep the integrity of the original version intact because they completely understand what the classic “The Sound of Silence” meant to Simon & Garfunkel and their generation in the 1960’s, so that they are able to convey that same powerful message to today’s listeners.
Despite the fact that Disturbed represents an entirely different genre which is heavy metal, versus the folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel, this has not prevented Disturbed from successfully crossing genres and connecting to a generation that came decades before them and completely unknown to them, too.
Disturbed have put their heart into this remake of “The Sound of Silence” and their intentions are of an honourable cause and that is to pay homage to the musical genius of Simon & Garfunkel.
“The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed is taken from the band’s fifth Number 1 album ‘Immortalized’.
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