silence is deafening

Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” is an American classic, by all accounts. for one thing, it’s part of the National Recording Registry. even if you can’t stand the song, its opening melody is instantly recognizable and it’s been covered and parodied in pop culture too many times to count. the theme of the song deals with people’s inability to communicate emotionally with one another, something that is unfortunately true of modern society.

in recent months, a new take on this beloved tune has not only attracted a new generation of fans, but has also changed the public’s perceptions of the artist who has breathed new life into it. that band is Disturbed, commonly known for its loud, aggressive sound, political and socially conscious lyrics, and the foreboding presence of singer David Draiman, whose previous life as a Rabbinical Studies candidate makes him somewhat of an anomaly in the Metal world. the group are also known to include cover songs on several of their albums (including a defiant version of Genesis’ mid-80’s political saga “Land of Confusion“, sans the creepy Reagan puppets). now, the concept of a Metal band putting a spin on an iconic folk ditty might sound strange and even, well…disturbing (no pun intended). but their version has broken barriers and brought tears to the eyes of even the most stoic of Metal fans…and to add to the acclaim, Paul Simon himself even lauded what Draiman and Co. (plus a few very lucky orchestral musicians) have done with his most famous body of work. now that is the ultimate compliment right there!


{author’s note: David Draiman saw me weeping when he performed this live with a small orchestra recently. mission accomplished}







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