This is a cover I've been looking forward to talking about, I know I say a lot of these songs are perfect in their respective ways, but this one is perfect in every way. I am of course talking about Disturbed's version of the classic Simon & Garfunkel track 'The Sound of Silence'.
Straight up, this song is haunting as fuck, David Draiman's voice pierces your soul as he sings, the piano goes right through you, and when the band joins in you're hit by a wall of sadness in a musical form.
Disturbed didn't change much for their take of 'The Sound of Silence', mainly dropping almost an octave during the first two verses, before going back up two (meaning still one above the original) for the last three verses.
Sometimes when a track gets covered by a completely different band, the original owner isn't too happy with the end result, but that's not the case here. Paul Simon (writer of 'The Sound of Silence') has endorsed this version and actually reached out to the band not long after the cover was released offering nothing but praise: "Really powerful performance on Conan the other day. First time I'd seen you do it live. Nice. Thanks.". To which Draiman responded "Mr. Simon, I am honored beyond words. We only hoped to pay homage and honor to the brilliance of one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Your compliment means the world to me/us and we are eternally grateful."
Who ever thought of mixing David Draiman's voice with the writings of Paul Simon needs to take a massive bow, I get chills every time I hear this cover, even now while I've got it on repeat for at least an hour for this review. I'll even admit that I teared up a little when I heard it live when Disturbed opened up for Avenged Sevenfold the other year in London. That is the power of this track.
Written by Dan.
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