Disturbed’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” is one of the most successful covers the modern age has seen. The song truly gained traction after the band’s dominant performance on Conan and its since gone on to further popularize Disturbed and has helped the band reach a new audience. Even NASA is enamored with the song, which they used as the music bed for a video shot from the International Space Station during Expedition 53.
The gentle yet brooding first half of the song perfectly pads the spacey atmosphere and shots of our blue, white and green marbled world as seen from afar pan across the screen. Other images highlight human kind’s mark on the planet as we see grids of cities illuminating an otherwise pitch black sky alongside bursts of sunlight bending around the curvature of the Earth and more.
Since its release in 2015 as part of Disturbed’s chart-topping comeback record, Immortalized, “The Sound of Silence” has been certified double platinum by the RIAA and was nominated for a Grammy at the 2017 Grammy Awards. When we spoke to singer David Draiman about the Grammy honor and the cover receiving the nod of approval from Paul Simon, he said “Your ultimate wish is for the artist to hopefully give you their blessing. It’s rare if they end up getting pissed off by it (laughs), but it is a possibility and it is really, really nice when you get a songwriter as terrific as Paul to reach out to say that he appreciated what you did with one of the most well known songs of all-time.”
Disturbed have finished their touring cycle for their most recent album and have vowed to return with a new acoustic EP before fans will be able to bite into another riff-charged studio record rife with new and empowering anthems to stand alongside the classics.
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