DISTURBED's David Draiman explains the band's cover of The Sound of Silence
DISTURBEDs David Draiman explains the bands cover of The Sound of Silence

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Frontman David Draiman tells the story of how Disturbed came to cover the Simon & Garfunkel classic, The Sound of Silence, and talks about how fans reacted to its release. Love rock? Subscribe to Kerrang! http://po.st/KerrangSub For more news and features on your favourite rock artists, visit http://Kerrang.com! Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kerrangmagazine Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kerrangmagazine Instagram: http://instagram.com/kerrangmagazine_ Email: feedback@kerrang.com

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Trudy Hill : I am 65 yrs old, never cared too much for the original, but I cannot stop listening to your version !

John Green : David's vocals are what keeps me a fan; I don't care if he sang "Mary had a Little Lamb."

Adam Kraning : Am I the only one who could literally listen to this man talk all day long? So well spoken

SN : Without this song, I would never have discovered Disturbed.

Andrew Farr : David looks naked without his piercings.

discourius26 : I'll be honest, when I came across this version I passed it over because I thought it would be a heavy mashing of the original to make it more aggressive. I am glad I came back to it to give it chance because it has to be one of the best reinterpretation of a song that I have ever heard.

Gerry Milidantri : I'm 67 and I agree with Trudy Hill this is the only rendition of this song I listen too constantly

Mark Alexander : I’m in my fifties and this song had its depths then, but your rendition is superb. 👍

Lynette Harris : Well David a real Disturbed fan doesnt label or judge!!! I've been a fan since the second I heard "Ou-wah-ah-ah-ah"!!! Your vocal talent combined with the bands talent, EPIC!!!!!! In the beginning with your first album (which is when I fell in love with Disturbed), I would get sideways looks for liking your sound. It just didnt matter to me at all what-so-ever either!!!!! Coz I am Disturbed in the best way, I am my own person too!!! I am SO ready for the new album too!!!!!!!!!!! \m/\m/

chris m : one of the greatest songs ever written, David sings it in a way that you can feel it.

Renee Zettek : Wow. You voice and passion you gave the song (Sound of Silence). You could actually not only hear the song but you truly feel the song in your soul. Remarkable and powerful rendition.

Tanya Poe : I am an old school Disturbed fan but I absolutely love their cover of The Sound of Silence.

Macarena J. D. : My mom is 73 yrs old and she IS SO IN LOVE of this cover.

May weed : Probably my favourite version of this song. I find it completely haunting. Really got me to look at Disturbed in a totally new light.

Primordial Being : Rest In Peace David Draiman Chin Rings ;-; Gone but not forgotten

Anthony Smithey : David's voice has similarities to another of Jewish ancestory and that would be Gene Simons. He totaly nailed the sound of silence.

Randa Williams : I worked their show here in Houston, TX. The crowd was a mix of 20 somethings, to people older than myself. I'll be 50 in June. LOVE their version of this song.

Jen Vaughn : It is that quiver I get when I close my eyes, listen to his voice, and open up my soul. I can feel the raw emotions pulsate through my veins. Every time I actually have to stop and catch my breath. I can't explain how captivated I am from the power behind his tone and force! Each time I hit repeat, it feels just like the very first time it levitated my feet from the ground and grabbed my heart from my inner core. Thank you for taking a moment to recognize this strong and influential rendition of a timeless classic! jen

Dorth Surreal : Thank you David, i was shaking and in tears the first time I heard you sing this. Much ❤😂

Marte Risher : I’m a HUGE fan of S & G and of their version of The Sound of Silence. But Disturbed’s version made me finally hear and understand the apocryphal nature of the lyrics. So powerful!!!

Brewer Fan : I've always been quick to judge these "heavy metal" groups, thinking they didn't sing about anything besides satan or something along those lines. I've come to realize that they are truly artists, just like any other groups in more mainstream genres. Especially this guy, he's such an artist and has a craft to him. I'm glad to have opened up to explore this type of music even more

Chioma Velma Anelo : I got to learn about your band through that cover. I would not have even know to check your band out of not for your beautiful cover. Your voice is so full, and round and resonating. It was a beautiful cover. Thanks so much for adding beauty into the world.

Don Avan : I'll be honest. First few times I heard it over the airwaves, I was meh, and compared it right away like I do with any other cover when it comes to classics. But after letting this version sink in for a bit, WOW!! This one's a monster shot, couldn't have hit it out of the park any further.

Bill Heuber : Best cover EVER!!

Dakota Essink : my grandma even absolutely loved this version. awesome cover David! still gives me chills every time i listen to it!

frissonic : The thing that I love about Disturbed's cover is that it actually captures the angst and depression encapsulated in S&G's original lyrics. At its core, The Sound of Silence is about people simply not paying attention to each other. We hear, but we don't, you know? We're all just waiting for *our* turn to talk ... so no one will hear us. Screaming at the top of your lungs to be recognized, and it all falls on deaf ears. And while the lyrics that Paul Simon provide are perfect for that generation, Disturbed captures the actual *mood*--dark, depressing, haunting ... depressing, and ANGRY! I've listened to thousands of covers. This ranks in my top 3 of all time.

Bob Wags : it's one of the most amazing covers i have ever heard of sound of silence

jake hagel : I wanted to hit like, but there are 666 likes at this point, and I will NOT mess that up!

Raina bosworthf : David I heard this song after finding out my son has leukemia shocked and crying I sat for 1mth in silence listening to my linken park playlists I woke up to see your face in the darkness singing one of my favorite song's I got chills I cried all through it I am obsessed with this song but I am still crying my son's still alive it's been 9 months since that day he told me this is worst nightmare of my life

Peter Toth : I never heard of Disturbed, until a few years ago someone told me to view their video. I knew well the original song, and wonder how would a metal band treat it. I cried. I still cry every single time I hear it. The beauty in the song the way they chose to cover it, can not be described, you have to feel it. Most people do feel it, which is why it brings so many to tears. That song was the doorway to the band Disturbed for me, and I would say millions of other people world wide as well.

Grace Franklin : He has such an incredible trained voice. He's just not there singing this song he's making you feel it as well. Bravo.

MonaLisa22 : I'm just going to say it. There is something damn sexy about how eloquent he is when he speaks. His look with the combination of his intelligence is extremely attractive.

rebekah Brown : This was very beautifully written and performed I was in tears the first time I heard it. Keep up the wonderful work😁❤️

Andrew Meyer : Just do what you do, I've been a fan from the first time I heard Down With the Sickness, and one of the things I truly love about Distrurbed is you do this Frank Sinatra esque your way. Keep doing that, we'll respect you to being you.

Aleksei Carrion : The Sound of Silence was originally in the wrong key, it was far too upbeat for the lyrics. The Disturbed cover is perfect.

Jayll1984 : I think the majority of the people that heard the Disturbed version love it. I think it was still "in my face" just in a different way. It is amazing!! Great great job!!

Bobby Brake : Brian Drainman is truly brilliant he summed it up perfectly. And truly made a new powerful song out of a classic. Bravo Brian Bravo!

LARAK : I always see such a great sadness in his eyes

elizabeth bateson : I love this version, it has been covered extremely well, I play it on loop. I t help lift me from my depression. Thank you

Tina McGuire : he has an amazing voice. i think his version is by far better.

Iz Done : Still say it's the best version

Linda Lulu : His voice is incredible and makes the song.

MichelleFC72 : I've thought Sound of Silence deserved a harder, more intense version since I was teenager. Disturbed's version was EXACTLY how I heard it in my head. It is fantastic.

Ed Fulginiti : Great interpretation.

Ewa Conner : I fall in love with this interpretation. I am 72 and I am ready to enter this door. Thank you.

Lorrie Oldham : I would love to hear Pink Floyds song " MOTHER" by this band. Syd is gone but remembered on and on. Also another Simon and Garfunkel Song with "The Boxer" give it a try.

Miss Goldie : Stellar choice. Thank you, from the inside to the outside of my very soul. You are enchanting, Sir.

The666VampireGirl : here in the Netherlands, they would never play any of the Disturbed music, ever. but while i was at work and out of nowhere.. The sound of Silence covered by Disturbed was being played on the radio. i was shocked and so so happy, i just sang with it and didn't care who heard me because i love it so so much!

Lord Mordecai : I grew up listening to Simon and Garfunkel as my parents loved them, and sound of silence was always a song that spoke to me, when i heard that they were working on this I was expecting their usual style of doing metal covers of songs like land of confusion, but then I heard it for the first time and it knocked me off my feet, by far the best cover i have ever heard and truly shows how powerful David Draiman is as a singer in more than just a metal context. Truly awesome.