Disturbed Bringing Out DAVID DRAIMAN's Vulnerable Side With 'The Sound of Silence' Cover

"It was a real challenge to push him down that path," guitarist Dan Donegan tells UG.

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For their upcoming album "Immortalized," Disturbed have decided to bring out vocalist DAVID DRAIMAN's vulnerable side by covering Simon & Garfunkel's classic track "The Sound of Silence."

We discussed the cover with guitarist Dan Donegan, who told us that the band did not want to take the obvious approach and turn the song into full-blown metal riff fest.

Instead, they took the gentle path.

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Dan tells UG: "Once we decided on covering that song, everybody else felt that the obvious path to take would be to put the Disturbed stamp on it - bring in a heavy riff at some point with some big bombastic drums.

"I kind of steered the guys in the opposite direction with it. I thought that it was typical and predictable from us. I didn't want to do it different just for the sake of being different but I wanted to try something that was going to challenge us in a new and different area and show a new flavor from us."

Focusing on gentle DAVID, Dan continued: "Because of the respect that we all have for Simon & Garfunkel, I thought that this was an opportunity to really give DAVID a moment to show a more vulnerable side to his vocals and really put him out there and have his vocals go into areas that fans haven't heard before.

"In fact, we've barely heard him go into that area before. So it was a real challenge to push him down a path that he may have felt insecure going into because he was unsure of how it would be. But they trust my intuition and my vision of where to take things and they tried it and it turned into creating a little orchestra and a nice little bed of music with some acoustic guitar stuff with some tasteful melodic lead lines in there. The intricate part was picking the spots where the guitar would complement the song."

"Immortalized" is due out on August 21 via Reprise Records. Once again, you can find the full chat here.

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18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    travislausch
    WHAT, DID PEOPLE FORGET "DARKNESS", FROM THE BELIEVE ALBUM, EXISTS? AND WHAT HAVE WE BEEN TELLING YOU U-G FOLKS ABOUT DISTURBED ARTICLES AND CAPS LOCK?
    svelle
    GIVE THEM A BREAK! IT'S NOT ABOUT DISTURBED, BUT ABOUT DAVID DRAIMAN. THEY DID A GREAT JOB WITH WRITING HIS NAME IN CAPS AND PAYING HIM HOMMAGE, EVEN THOUGH THIS ARTICLE WASNT ABOUT HIM.
    Rajah
    Still reminds me The Simpsons when I hear this song. Hello Grandpa my old friend.....
    DreamGate
    I like that he decided not to add their stamp to it. Really respecting the artist. I love S&G even if they were way waay before my time (My dady is a huge fan). I just hope they dont remove the duet aspect. I've seen some people cover it without garfunkles part and it just dosent work. You need both of them in there or it just aint the Sound of silence.