I’ve never been a big Disturbed fan, if I’m being entirely honest, but I’m moved by their version of the classic “The Sound of Silence,” originally by Simon & Garfunkel.  It’s an interesting take because usually when metal bands cover the song, they have the electric guitars kick in at the point where the song grows more intense and it just gets louder from there with pummeling drums and such.  In this version, they add some percussion and acoustic guitars, but it’s the powerful strings that make it sound overwhelmingly ominous.  And, of course, vocalist David Draiman’s voice changes as the song goes on.  He starts off singing it with a very clean, almost jazz vocal, but as the song goes on he eventually shifts into a very raw vocal with a gritty, sandpaper tone.  I don’t know if he’s ever done songs like this with Disturbed in the past, but I’m mighty impressed with his performance here and I’m going to go check out the latest album by Disturbed after hearing this.

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Published on Dec 8, 2015

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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

1 Comment to “#songoftheday / REVIEW: DISTURBED: “THE SOUND OF SILENCE””

  1. YJ Draiman says:

    This is the best rendition of SOS since its release in 1964. A powerful and moving melody and lyrics performed by a first class band. Disturbed and David Draiman performed exceptionally with a tremendous feeling that captivates the audience. The song played at Conan just added to the creativity, mistiness and professionalism of Disturbed.

    Keep on climbing the charts worldwide – close to 100 million hits on youtube and 22.5 million on Conan.
    YJ Draiman

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